The subways within the GSCID precinct have long presented a challenge to our operations as temporary use by vagrants taking shelter in these structures demand ongoing vigilance and the necessity to manage and monitor these sites on a regular basis. “To do so in a compassionate manner in the current cold and wet winter is a challenge”, says Anthony Davies the CEO of Groote Schuur CID.  “We try our best in this difficult and sensitive situation!”


An initiative spearheaded by Ward Councillor Matthew Kempthorne last year to introduce active management of these walkways and to encourage greater commuter and pedestrian usage has improved the situation but it nevertheless remains important to keep a watchful eye on the subways in the area.

There are a total of nineteen subways within and in close proximity to the GSCID precinct, covering the area from Newlands, through Rondebosch and Rosebank to Mowbray. Although many of the subways fall outside the formal boundaries of GSCID jurisdiction, an agreement was reached with City of Cape Town, and by arrangement with the local community, for GSCID security staff to patrol and, in many instances, lock some of the subways in the area during off peak hours, 20h00 – 05h00, daily. SAPS also do random checks and patrols.

“Although winter has already taken a firm grip, there has as yet,” says Charl Brooks, GSCID Operations Manager, “not been a noticeable influx into the subways. He has, however, seen an increase in the last while of homeless people filtering into the area.  Ongoing operations are conducted to keep the subways clear of property and they are regularly cleaned to ensure that they remain user-friendly.  According to Brooks, the subway at Alma Road remains a hot spot and users are urged to be especially vigilant at all times when walking through this subway.

Subways at railway stations remain the responsibility of Metrorail and as such the GSCID has no authority regarding platform to platform subways.



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