City Improvements District
Functions of CIDs during Lockdown
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 whilst assisting with the homeless people and adding value in other spaces. They are deemed to be an external service provider to the City as per senior legal opinion and as such could be seen as an extension of the City.
As a result of the important functions played by CIDs the Mayoral Committee of the City of Cape Town took a decision to designate all City Improvement Districts as part of the Essential Services during the nationwide lockdown planned from 26 March to 16 April 2020.
This means that CIDs were acknowledged by the City’s Mayoral Committee and Executive Management Team to be an essential service pertaining to public safety, cleaning and social services as provided by them as top-up municipal services. The role of the CIDs during lockdown had to wait for the President’s speech and the city reacted swiftly, subsequently in getting some guidance.
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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