Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo (seated) signs the first consent forms on behalf of UCT as the first commercial property owners to show their support for the establishment of the GSCID.  FLTR: Anthony Davies (Co-ordinator of the GSCID), Councillor Owen Kinahan, Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo (Deputy Vice Chancellor of UCT), John Critien (Executive Director of Properties and Services of UCT)

The University of Cape Town has committed itself to the establishment of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) at a public meeting held on February 4, 2010 at Rustenburg Girls Junior School to found the GSCID.  

Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UCT (Vice-Chancellor in Dr Max Price’s absence), as the owners of 53 commercial properties and sectional title units within the boundaries of the proposed GSCID, signed consent forms supporting the formation of the GSCID.  

Professor Nhlapo said the university wanted to become good neighbours in the immediate community, “the establishment of the GSCID shows a long-held desire by UCT to become a better citizen in a responsible and concrete way. We are passionately committed to being part of the solution to the problems experienced in the area”.

Anthony Davies, Co-ordinator of the establishment of the GSCID and former founder and Executive Manager of the Claremont Improvement District Company, said that a survey conducted by UCT had shown that residents had concerns about crime and grime in the area, “the survey reflected that crime, grime, drug dealing, prostitution, the management of the homeless, and bringing order to traffic management” were all concerns shared by business people and residents in the area.

Davies congratulated UCT on its investment in the establishment of the GSCID. He pointed out the reality that the Mayoral Committee of the City of Cape Town had recently stated in the press that rates would possibly not be able to keep pace to cover service delivery to communities.  He went on to say that worldwide it had been shown that communities needed to take action and form organisations to provide “top up” services to those provided by local authorities, hence the value of establishing the GSCID.

SRA’s (previously known as CIDs) are established in terms of a City of Cape Town By-Law. In the case of the GSCID, levies will be charged to commercial property owners in order to fund this work. Residential property owners will not be required to pay the levy, but Davies pointed out that they would benefit from a cleaner, safer, more pleasant environment.  UCT has committed R4.5 million to cover their commitment. This is a significant and generous gesture by the University,” said Davies to the applause from those present.

Davies said the benefits of the GSCID would include enhanced property values and responsible development in the area to significantly improve the public environment.

At the meeting a steering committee was elected comprising John Critien of UCT, Neil Fraser, Evelyn Holtzhausen, Professor John Cartwright, Gregg Huntingford, Jonathan Hobday, and Anthony Davies.

Following on the meeting commercial property owners will be canvassed for their support of the establishment of the GSCID.

For more information visit www.gscid.co.za or contact Anthony Davies on 021 671 9462

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