City Improvements District
Role of CIDs during Lockdown
In Hout Bay, we have five established City Improvement Districts (CID’s) while other areas are in the process of their applications. CIDs provide supplemental municipal services whilst focusing on 4 management areas which are public safety, cleansing, environmental awareness and social responsibility. They play an integral role in enhancing municipal services in their areas and also serve to assist other public safety institutions in making their communities safe. The CID’s continue to play a key role during lockdown.
Accordingly the following has been agreed:
1. Essential Service
CIDs are an essential service ito the official list of essential services and will continue to provide public safety, cleaning and social services.
The relevant City Departments have been given CID contact details so that they can give guidance as to their roles in these services. In the absence of their guidance CIDs will have to be innovative.
2. Personal Protective Equipment and related material
Some CIDs have enquired if the City is in a position to assist by providing Personal Protective Equipment and related materials. Unfortunately the City is desperately trying to source these locally, nationally and internationally for own use as there is insufficient stock. CIDs are requested to purchase/obtain these at their own expense through reputable sources.
The CID department will continue making monthly pay overs ito the Finance Agreement notwithstanding that they expect a decline in the collection ratio given current circumstances. This will enable them to fund their operations.
CIDs will have to re-prioritise their budgets to deal with the demands of lockdown and may access savings/slippage/budget allocations for non-essential services where possible. This can be complemented by using reserves as the 2 month buffer can be reduced to one month at this time. It can be revisited at a later stage, if required.
4. Identification of staff working during lockdown
CIDs do not have formal identity tags and the advice from CCT is that they provide a letter to their staff in the interim stating that they work for the CID which is providing essential services aligned with the government’s list.
An approach will be made to EMT to provide a general letter for the CIDs to use for their staff, directors and service providers which will identify them accordingly. This would have to be controlled by the CIDs by keeping records of relevant people so that it is not abused.
Urban management Directorate
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