The area within the GSCID precinct known as Jones Field, a tract of land owned by Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), which had for a long time been an eyesore and a problem area, has thankfully now been secured and tidied up.

Roughly football field in size, the area, adjacent to the Settlers way, was not securely fenced and thus easily accessed by vagrants who used it as squatting ground. The field was also poorly maintained with overgrown grass and litter creating a blot on the cityscape.

Largely due to the efforts of Hester Coetzee, Estate Manager for nearby Waverley Business Park, these issues are now a thing of the past.  “The bulk of our clients pass by the field and we wanted it to be kept secure, neat and tidy. The biggest problem was that for a long time it had been used by vagrants as a squatting area and there were an increasing number of homeless filtering into the space.”

Following a meeting at which representatives of CPUT, City of Cape Town, the GSCID and Waverley Business Park were present, specific actions were taken to address the problems identified. These included securing the area with sturdy fencing, a security cabin and officer on duty 24/7, cutting of the grass and the verges and making the area more secure with limited access via a restricted single entry point.

 

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