The WID was established in October 2000 with the aim of revitalizing the CBD of Wynberg by creating an urban village environment that is safe and clean and provides visitors and the community with a pleasant shopping and working environment. This will encourage investment and quality tenants to the CBD.
In partnership with the City the WID primarily offers a “top-up” cleaning and security service to that supplied by the City.
The original boundary of the Improvement District included properties within the CBD on either side of Main Road from Wetton Road (north) to York/Wilson Road (south) and following it’s success and the need for the service in the Wynberg Village the property owners proposed and the City agreed that the WID boundary be extended to incorporate the Old Wynberg Village from 1 July 2006.
GEOCENTRIC URBAN MANAGEMENT
In April of 2019 the Board of the WID decided to outsource the administrative, cleansing and public safety functions of the WID to a professional company called Geocentric. The Board requested Geocentric to provide them with a proposal for the provision of CID management services which was accepted and Geocentric started on the 1st of July 2019.
Geocentric manages 9 Improvement Districts in Cape Town
including the Maitland CID, Stikland Industrial CID, Glosderry CID
Salt River Business Improvement District, Strand Business
Improvement District, Somerset West CID, Elsies River CID,
Tygervalley Improvement District and the Beaconvale CID
Geocentric provides a wide range of services to city improvement districts including assistance with the establishment of CIDs and Special Rating Areas the management of CIDs, the implementation of management
systems, the development of measurable objectives and support on information technology and communications such as websites and newsletters
Based on our experience of urban regeneration and management we believe that the WID plays a positive role to improve the area through dedicated, skilled and effective urban management explains the CEO Gene Lohrentz. This outcome depends on the application of experience and knowledge in urban regeneration through best practice, dedicated effort and robust communication.