social development

The CCID and the City work together to create a caring city for all


Since its inception in 2000, the Central City Improvement District (CCID) has been committed to supporting and enhancing the efforts of the City of Cape Town and other key stakeholders to address the Central City’s social problems. 

Before being elected Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille pledged to put homelessness high on her city agenda, outlining a six-point program to “build a caring city in which everyone who needs help receives it and an inclusive city where everyone has a stake in the future”. This programme included a one-stop assessment centre to help people get access to necessary services, and expanding and reorienting the Displaced Persons Unit (DPU). Continued…

June 20, 2011

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Homeless Participate in Soccer Festivities in the Central City

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Watching the drama of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ soccer teams has fast become a favourite pastime for many Capetonians, including many homeless people who have taken the opportunity to watch on the big screen at the Scalabrini Centre, just a couple of blocks away from the Fan Fest on the Grand Parade. Continued…

June 23, 2010

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Helping the homeless find their way home


The idea that no one should have to live on our streets, enshrined in the vision of The Haven Night Shelter Organisation, is something that almost everyone would support wholeheartedly, but not everyone understands exactly what an organisation such as The Haven does to turn people’s lives around. Continued…

May 24, 2010

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Building new lives at The Carpenter’s Shop


Anyone standing on Roeland St in Cape Town, looking across at the unprepossessing building of The Carpenter’s Shop would be forgiven for thinking that nothing much goes on there. Continued…

May 24, 2010

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Give Responsibly to make a difference

Cape Town is a place where meetings with friends and colleagues are often held at one of the city’s many sidewalk cafes. It is a convivial atmosphere which can be seasoned with a dash of guilt or empathy with the less fortunate members of our society. Continued…

April 19, 2010

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Give Responsibly

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Cape Town’s Central City Improvement District is to launch a campaign aimed at linking city hotels with local hospitals and clinics to ensure that their old linen and other items are offered to the health care facilities before being discarded. Continued…

December 7, 2009

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Home of Hope – a safety net for vulnerable children


Madeleine Barnard writes: In a multi-cultural city like Cape Town, with a fraught history and complex social issues, it is often the children who fall through the cracks. Continued…

December 7, 2009

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Swimming feat for charity

Theodore Yach stepping out of the water after his epic 30km Ultra Swim from Three Anchor Bay around Robben Island and back. With him is his wife Michelle and sons Daniel  and David (far right). Daniel and David swam with Theodore for that last 100 meters to the beach.

Overcoming scores of jellyfish, an unfriendly dolphin and a seized shoulder, Theodore Yach, 51, one of SA’s most accomplished cold water, long-distance swimmers and Central City Improvement District chairperson Continued…

December 2, 2009

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GIVE health a chance…

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The state of public health care facilities, day hospitals and other hospitals and health care organisation in South Africa is constantly under financial pressure to meet the needs of the people standing in often long queues for medical assistance. Continued…

November 30, 2009

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CCID’s social success attributed to a strong field work team

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The past year has seen the Central City Improvement District (CCID) in Cape Town increase its social development department to include a manager (Pat Eddy) and three fulltime field workers (Dean Ramjoomia, Mark Williams and Headman Siralarala). Continued…

November 4, 2009

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