Come October, we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM 2023) to review the year’s activities and begin our planning for 2024/25. This Spring, we have also undertaken several urban upgrade and beautification projects, adding greenery and resurfacing roads in Elsies River to improve the community experience of people living and working in the area.
Save the Date! AGM 2023
Our AGM is coming up. All stakeholders are invited to a review of the year’s activities and planning for 2024/25.
Resolutions presented at the AGM can only be voted for by bonafide members. All non-members wishing to take part must be registered before 13 October.
Tuesday, 24 October 2023, 15:00 Emplast, 40 Sixth Avenue, Elsies River
The Elsies River CID management team constantly communicate with all the relevant City of Cape Town departments to ensure that the area gets the attention and services it needs. Over the last few years, the condition of the roads in the industrial area have been continuously monitored and reported to the Road Infrastructure Maintenance (RIM) branch. They have the difficult task of planning, coordinating, prioritising and funding road-resurfacing projects for the entire City. It is not always possible to resurface all roads in an area all at once and therefore, this type of long-term rehabilitation and maintenance often takes place in stages over the span of several years.
2022 has been a year for celebrating successes for Elsie’s River Improvement District and tackling new and ongoing challenges. We renew our commitment to providing top-up services to the City of Cape Town with a special focus on public safety, urban cleaning and management, continuing to lead the charge in the continual improvement of Elsie’s River as a residential and business area.
As we round up 2022 following our recent AGM held in November, we recap on the year’s work, successes and statistics.
Elsie’s River Improvement District’s achievements of the last year are a testament to the team’s commitment, experience and increased on-the-ground presence – led by the capable hands of Geocentric, who have been working with city improvement district initiatives since 2001 and responsible for a total of thirteen of Cape Town’s improvement districts from Salt River through to Strand, Tyger Valley and Wynberg.
“The rollercoasting aftermath of Covid lockdowns steadily calmed down in 2022, yet conditions remained difficult as significant increases in the cost of living and the continuous challenges of load-shedding remained at the forefront,” says Gene Lohrentz, director of Geocentric.
“In the face of these new challenges, the Elsie’s River board and management team have remained steadfast in our commitment to providing high-quality top-up services in Elsie’s River. Embracing and implementing adaptability into our vision now seems entrenched in our day-to-day operations as well as our strategic thinking.”
2022 Elsie’s River Improvement District stats
Stay safe this festive season
From increased fire hazards in Cape Town to countrywide holiday travel to seasonal crime spikes, there are many reasons to up our vigilance these summer months and to take the necessary precautions to stay safe.
Home and Work Checklist for Fire Safety
Ember-proofing any area, requires the removal of all flammable plants up to 7m from a building, as well as overhanging branches. Checking and cleaning gutters and roofing for debris is important too.
Always remember, your safety is first and if you are not properly trained, call for assistance.
Make sure that all your insurance documents and other important documentation are backed up securely to the cloud.
Assign tasks to staff and run fire drills so that everyone is prepared in an emergency.
If you need to stay and help fight fires, cover your head, nose and mouth and protect your eyes with goggles. Wear good shoes and gloves.
If you have access to water, wet the roof and gutters to stop hot ash from burning the roof.
Keep grass cut as short as possible as it helps slow the fire.
Keep a hose pipe rolled up and ready.
Keep fire extinguishers around that are regularly maintained and train your staff on how to use them safely and correctly.
Safety Tips To Prevent Property Crime
Ensure your property can be secured properly. This includes checking all locks, gates, doors, windows and roller shutters.
Ensure there are no gaps in your fence or perimeter wall or unintentional points of access to your business or home that may need additional security.
Make sure all bushes or trees close to your walls, gates and fences are trimmed, to avoid the possibility of intruders hiding or using them to access your property.
Adequate lighting around the perimeter of your property acts as a good deterrent
Connecting outdoor lights to timers and motion sensors act as an additional deterrent.
Have an alarm installed by a reputable security company with armed response.
The key to effective security lies in being able to detect a potential intruder before they gain access. Adding detection beams and sensors of electrical fences vastly contributes to property security
Ensure your alarm is in working order. Business and property owners should test their alarms at least once a month and should the system require servicing this should be arranged as early as possible.
Please ensure that all the key holder information is available and ensure that key holders are available and able to come out to the property should the alarm activate, and checking be required.
Don’t leave ladders, spades or tools outside as these can be excellent break-in tools.
Ensure that remote controls for automatic gates and garage doors are not left lying around.
Always be alert to vehicles or persons following you into your entrance or the parking area.
Road safety tips
Check your vehicle before travelling long distances – including tyre tread and pressure, oil and water, wind-screen wipers, headlights and brakelights and ensure your spare tyre, jack and emergency warning triangle are all intact and stored in your vehicle
Leave early to be prepared for road congestion during busy periods
Take breaks to avoid road fatigue which can cause accidents
Be aware of pedestrians particularly when passing broken down vehicles or public transport
Since its launch in July 2015, Elsies River City Improvement District (ERCID) has become a shining example of just what can be achieved through hard work and dedication to change.
According to Chairperson John Houston, the successes of the ERCID can perhaps be seen most clearly in an influx of new businesses.
“Due to the clean, safe environment created and managed by Geocentric, we’ve experienced a sudden demand for property in the ERCID, so much so that there are currently no vacant buildings,” he said in his AGM message.
A few of the most notable improvements in the area include:
stop signs and road markings on all the streets
blocked storm water drains have been cleared
lampposts are continually being cleaned up and painted
CCTV cameras assist the foot and vehicle patrollers to identify problems before they start
“One of our biggest achievements of 2017 specifically has been managing to save huge volumes of water in storage tanks and creating gardens throughout the area,” Houston adds.
With 2018 just around the corner, Houston has said that they simply hope to continue on this good track of greening and maintenance in the new year and that there are also plans for additional CCTV cameras and fixing of road surfaces throughout the ERCID.