What is the CIDC?
The Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) is a defined geographical space, approved by the City of Cape Town , in terms of the Municipal Property Rates Act, Section 22 and the CID bylaw. The CIDC concentrates primarily on three aspects, providing complementary services to the Municipality and Provincial Government, in terms of crime, grime and social outreach.
Since its establishment in December 2000, the CIDC model has offered, through a cumulative investment of more than R64 million, the streets and public life back to the users, visitors, residents and workers of Claremont. This has not only been achieved through innovative Urban management initiatives, but also through acting as the lead agent in the development of Claremont Boulevard.
What is a City Improvement District?
A City Improvement District (CID) is a non-profit company registered under the relevant by-law enacted by the City of Cape Town and established by the ratepayers of a clearly demarcated commercial precinct. Its objectives are to provide “top up” services provided by the relevant local authority, for example, a clean and safe environment, whereby additional security patrolling and cleansing is undertaken. Management of the public space by means of negotiation and appropriate programmes are undertaken together with a variety of initiatives on behalf of all the stakeholders of the precinct, or in other words, the Improvement District.
Formation of the Claremont Improvement District Company
The Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC) arose from the Claremont Business Forum established as an informal body to address serious urban degradation which was becoming evident in the early 1990’s. This was followed by the Claremont Crime and Grime initiative supported by major institutional property owners in Claremont to address the rapidly deteriorating urban degradation which was setting in in the early 1990’s. Then in 1999, the City Improvement District by-law was promulgated by the Council of the City of Cape Town which enabled the CIDC to be established after a legal process of voting and application to the City. On 1st December 2000, under a Board of Directors, the CIDC began operations on the streets of Claremont.