City Views: Discover Cape Town as a Diverse City

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City Views: Discover Cape Town as a Diverse City, July 2012


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    Spicing up the CBD

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    Around the world in a city block

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  • about town 2 CityViews July 2012

    In May we received an email from Street Parking Solutions applauding one of their Dar-ling Street parking marshals, Natasha Alaart, for helping to stop a thief who was trying to steal something out of a car parked in the area. Thanks to the keen eyes and ears of people like Natasha, Cape Towns streets stay as safe as they are.

    Its very exciting doing this work, Natasha says. People know me and I feel

    safe here. I meet lots of people and I love working outdoors. My hope for this place is that one day there will be more oppor-tunities for people to fi nd work here.

    Is there someone who has transformed your experience of the city? Write to us and tell us about it.

    The Central City Improvement Dis-trict is a private-public partnership formed by the property owners of a defi ned geographical area to pro-vide top-up services over and above what the City of Cape Town provides. The CCID and its managing agent, the Cape Town Partnership, were formed when the City of Cape Town, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other stakeholders came together to address issues of urban degeneration, disinvestment in the Central City and related social problems. The Central Citys rapid regeneration process has been built upon the strength and pillars of suc-cessful private-public partnerships at both operational and strategic lev-els, and a shared vision for a clean, safe and caring Cape Town CBD.


    CCID Security Manager: 082 453 2942

    CCID Deputy Security Manager: 082 442 2112

    CCID 24-hour number: 082 415 7127

    SAPS Control Room: 021 467 8002

    Social Department:082 563 4289


    Reading City ViewsWe love knowing who our read-ers are and what they think. If you enjoy your copy of City Views, why not mail a picture of you reading it, wherever you love to read it (Your local coffee shop? On a street bench while people-watching?) telling us what you enjoyed most. If we like it, well run it. Get in touch:

    Telling your story in City Views

    City Views does not sell advertis-ing or editorial space at this time. We are, however, always on the look out for city ownership sto-ries: tales of people who love the CBD, who choose to live, work, study, invest, and play here. If you would like to be featured, please send your story to for consideration. Please note

    that submission of a story doesnt guarantee that it will be included.

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    If youre an eager reader of City Views and you know others who would enjoy reading it too, consider becoming a distri-

    butor. All we need is your con-tact details, address and how many copies you need each

    month. Or, if you would just like to track down where you can obtain your FREE copy send an email to Aziza Patandin on

    A celebration of diversity in the city

    Gratitude attitudeEveryday acts of kindness help transform Cape Town, and City Views would like to recognise those individuals who would otherwise continue doing good, but without thanks.

    Published by:The Central City Improvement

    District (CCID)

    Editor:Judith Browne: 021 419 1881

    Deputy Editor:Benita Kursan


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    Did you know: Table Moun-tain is sometimes com-pared to Janus, the dou-ble-headed Roman god of new beginnings and transitions, of doors and gateways, the past and the future? Its an apt metaphor for July in Cape Town as we mark the half-way point through the year. With six months left, what do you still want to do in 2012, and how will you take care of it? As you take time to refl ect on

    whats past, and plan for whats ahead, let me encourage you to keep two things in mind: What can you do to show the people around you in your community and your city that you care, and to celebrate the difference and di-versity in that community?

    Show you careBeing mindful of those around

    you whether they are parking guards or street cleaners, the neighbour across the street or the family member in your own home is important all year round. Take time to acknowledge these people, and to be grateful for the role they play in your life, however big or small. And in your gratitude, take a moment to think about those who are less fortunate.Winter, while relatively mild in

    the Western Cape, can be hard on those who have no home those liv-ing on the streets so please show you care by giving responsibly. There are a number of organisations who are working hard to ensure there is a viable alternative to life on the streets. Instead of giving R5 or R10 at a traffi c light or street corner, give to the organisations who can re-ally make a difference by offering your time, your money, your exper-

    tise. For more details about these or-ganisations and what they do, read the back page of every edition of City Views.

    Celebrate diversityWhile youre being mindful of the people around you, take a mo-ment to appreciate how different these people are. One of the most compelling things about Cape Town is its diversity that you can hear so many different languages, whether French or Portuguese or Somali, on our streets. That our cityscape is defi ned by the boom of the Noon Gun as much as it is the muezzins call to prayer. That you can travel the world by walk-ing a few city blocks. My challenge to you this July

    and the fi ve months of 2012 that follow after that is to step outside yourself and learn more

    about another culture, another language, another way of life in the city. The diversity of Cape Town CBD is something to be both understood and celebrated, and it starts with you.

    Yours in gratitude and diversity,

    Tasso EvangelinosCOO of the CCID

    MANDELA DAY 2012

    Parking marshal Natasha Alaart on duty in Darling Street


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    What can you do to help foster diversity in Cape Town? Here are fi ve easy steps by the Arterial Networks Ouafa Belgacem and U40 Africa coordinator Daniel Lima:

    1.1. Eat a meal in a restaurant where different cultures are represented.

    2.2. Read literature by African writers and arrange a discussion or book exchange session with friends.

    3.3. Watch the ongoing screenings of foreign fi lms at the Labia cinema.

    4.4. Speak to someone in their own language by signing up for foreign language classes.

    5.5. Decorate your home with items handmade by local crafters.

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  • 3 about town July 2012 CityViews

    For many of the im-migrants and expats who move here, Cape Town represents a place of opportunity, based on pull-factors like the convenience of the citys geographic proximity to major trans-port hubs and the beauty of the mountain-meets-sea landscape and the lifestyle it inspires. Tunisia-born Ouafa Bel-

    gacem has lived in countries across the continent and recently relocated here to take up the position of secre-tary general of the Arterial Network a Pan-African network established to em-power creative people and facilitate the creation of a

    vibrant and diverse cultural community. The fact that


    Diversity creates great opportunities

    for an economy because a diversity

    of people means diverse thoughts, ideas and problem solving. It creates room for creativity

    as opposed to narrow-minded

    thinking, and this is sure to drive any

    economy.Johannes Kraus

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    For more information on this user survey (and the business survey of the CBD that happened at the same time) watch out for the August edition of City Views Cape Town as an economic hub and the launch of the State of Cape Town Central City Report.

    Diverse city by numbers

    The CCID recently conducted a user survey

    of the CBD, to fi nd out who is using the CBD, why, and

    where they come from so as to better meet their needs. Over 1 500 people

    were interviewed at random (one every eight minutes during a two-week shift

    in March 2012), at various times of day.

    A snapshot of city diversity

    the city is economically active and geographically convenient helps to attract a mix of people who come here to fulfi ll their dreams. The unique laid-back vibe of the city attracts a lot of creative people in particu-lar, says Ouafa.The perception of Cape

    Town as the countrys multi-cultural capital is another important pull-