Major changes will be made in the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District’s (GSCID’s) management.

The chairman of the board, Neil Fraser, and the local councillor for Ward 57, Brett Herron, stepped down. GSCID CEO, Anthony Davies, will also retire this year.


GSCID CEO, Anthony Davies

Mr Herron has been replaced by proportional representative councillor Paddy Chapple. Mr Chapple works closely with Mr Herron on projects in Ward 57, especially in neighbouring Observatory.

It is uncertain when Mr Davies will retire, but Mr Fraser will stand down at the next board meeting, when a new chairman will be elected.

The GSCID has been a significant role player in safety and security in Rondebosch, with security patrollers operating along Main Road and hotspot areas within the suburb.

The board of directors is made up of property owners, councillors, UCT representatives and prominent community members in the GSCID area, which includes the Rondebosch, Mowbray and Newlands Main Road.

Most members on the board are made up of UCT representatives. UCT founded the GSCID, and owns most of the property within the improvement district’s borders.

At a GSCID public meeting last year, it was announced that Mr Davies will be retiring this year.

In his report, which was also presented at the public meeting, Mr Fraser also announced his resignation.

Mr Fraser said that apart from advancing age, he believes he can no longer make a useful contribution to the board of directors as he lives nearly 200 kilometres away.

When RondeboschLife contacted Mr Davies to get more information, he said his retirement was still being discussed, and believed it would be “inappropriate” for him to provide details at this point.

Mr Fraser confirmed that Mr Davies will be retiring this year, though the date was not fixed yet. “It will be some time during 2016, but it might be towards the end or it might be earlier,” he said.

Mr Fraser told RondeboschLife the date of Mr Davies’ retirement will be decided by the new chairman of the board, who will be elected at GSCID’s first board meeting.

Mr Herron did not respond to enquiries about his resignation.

The GSCID, which is a business improvement district largely funded by UCT, started off with a well-resourced, major operational plan extending into the residential areas of Mowbray, Rosebank and Rondebosch outside of the Rondebosch Community Improvement District area.

Two years ago, the GSCID withdrew from the residential areas and was scaled down dramatically following financial pressure on UCT.

The GSCID was instrumental in facilitating workshops for an early plan to turn the GSCID area into the Cape Town Learning District, where areas such as Woolsack Park, the Baxter and St Paul’s Church were identified to create lively interactive public spaces.

Despite their withdrawal from residential areas, the GSCID patrollers are still visible in problematic areas such as the subways in Rondebosch, and also removes graffiti in the area.

The social outreach component of the GSCID stretches into Rondebosch, where the field worker, Ingrid Frieslaar, assists street people who want to get off the street.

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