Kloof Street Businesses unite against crime
Due to an increased concern around shoplifting and theft among smaller businesses in the area, the Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (OK CID), together with local businesses and the South Africa Police Service (SAPS), established the Kloof Street Business Forum in September this year.
The Forum exists to create a platform where businesses and authorities alike can express their concerns, share knowledge and jointly find effective solutions for the challenges at hand. Due to the CIDs’ well established relationships with both the businesses in the area, as well as with the relevant authorities, the OK CID saw the Forum as an opportunity to establish a partnership between the Kloof Street business sector and SAPS.
Says Mike Reeler, Manager of the Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District: ‘After only three months, the Forum has already played a significant role in opening and strengthening communication channels among the role players. This is contributing to the attainment of our overall goal of improving the area by making it a safer and more secure environment in which to work and play.’
The Kloof Street Business Forum currently represents several businesses within the area and meets once a month for one hour. The Forum is open to all businesses operating within Kloof Street.
Says Gren Aspeling, Chairperson of the Forum and owner of Poppa Trunks and The Lot: ‘Our aim is for these meetings to be constructive feedback sessions where all role players have the opportunity to express their viewpoints, and share their knowledge and skill so that sustainable solutions can jointly be found to solve problems occurring in our area. We realise that knowledge is power and that one cannot solve something if you are not aware of it’.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10 December at the Geek Internet Café in Kloof Street at 09:00. All interested business owners or managers are encouraged to attend the meeting. For more information feel free to contact OK CID Manager, Mike Reeler at 082 411 7778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District and the Oranje-Kloof area, or to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, visit www.okcid.co.za
Date Created: 2008-12-09 | Last Update : 2008-12-09