GSCID Goals:

  • Reducing crime generally in the area including drug dealing and prostitution
  • Creating a safer public environment
  • Keeping the streets, pavements and public spaces clean and tidy
  • Seeking to rehabilitate and provide jobs for the homeless
  • Providing improved public transport management
  • Enhancing property values

The challenges:

Research conducted by UCT ([download id=”4″ format=”3″] to view survey), in the area revealed the following results:

Safety and Security:
· 61% of people don’t feel safe in public

· 61% of people feel that cleanliness is a concern

Social issues:
· Homelessness, drug trading and prostitution are increasing seriously: 88% say this is a problem
· Drug abuse & drug dealing: 42% state that it is a problem
· Informal Traders: 56% have raised this as a concern

· 85% of respondents say parking is serious problem
· 34% of people perceive car guards to be threatening and annoying

Benefits of the GSCID:

  • It will reduce crime, grime and homelessness
  • It will reduce prostitution and drug dealing
  • It will provide better management of public transport (including taxi’s)
  • It will provide a safer, cleaner and friendlier public environment
  • Public space will be upgraded
  • Property values tend to increase within SRA’s

For more detailed questions and answers about SRAs please see the SRA FAQ.

Dr Max Price’s call to the community

At the heart of UCT’s mission is the desire to contribute significantly to society through high quality research, inspired teaching and learning and the development of outstanding graduates, underpinning global efforts to understand our natural and social worlds. We also want to contribute directly to local communities through the education we offer to their children, as a significant employer and through social outreach activities. To achieve our mission, there is a critical need for a vibrant engagement between “town and gown”.

The University of Cape Town’s teaching and research facilities cover a significant footprint within this community. Our staff and students live here and contribute in diverse ways to the economy of this area. While UCT brings great value to the areas surrounding the university, we acknowledge that we also contribute to some of the challenges. UCT, with our neighbours, face issues of crime, grime, transport, housing and so on.

Our role and responsibility within the local community require meaningful dialogue between the university and our external stakeholders. It also demands credible partnerships which recognise our interlinking and, occasionally, divergent sets of interests. It is this need – and serious intent – to forge a new social compact with local businesses, property owners and residents, that has brought UCT into the partnership of the Groote Schuur
Community Improvement District (GSCID).

We want to be a good corporate neighbour and encourage our students to be good citizens of this area. We want to contribute towards a precinct which is safer, cleaner and more enjoyable for residents, businesses and visitors alike. We want to facilitate urban renewal along the Main Road business districts through appropriate re-development opportunities. These approaches will affirm UCT’s objective to be a world-class university – the premier academic meeting point between Africa and the world.

We look forward to partnering with you in the GSCID.

Dr Max Price, UCT Vice-Chancellor