Geocentric at work

Enjoy our “before” and “After” gallery of work done in our CIDS

Geared for improvement

Geocentric maintains a modern fleet of urban management vehicles and trailers to support our work.  Our well-maintained vehicles provide our managers with the ability to move staff and equipment in the area, visit clients, stake holders and property owners and patrol the area frequently.

Our vehicles are branded with distinctive branding to enhance visibility thereby augmenting the presence of the improvement district public safety and management components.

Our utility trailers provide the ability to deal with issues of illegal dumping, and the clearing of unwanted waste in support of our cleaning teams and our maintenance trailers provide mobile workshops to deal with urban maintenance tasks that may be required in the area.

We have a central pool of resources that includes our ride-on lawnmowers for cutting grass over larger areas. brush cutters, additional sets of hand-tools and equipment for special tasks, high pressure sprayers to clean surfaces and special tools such as chain saws and petrol generators to make our work mobile and flexible.  We have a central workshop maintaining all our equipment.  We also build our own specialized trailers and vehicles as we need them like our recently completed fire fighter and water tanker.

We believe in clean

Geocentric provides a professional urban cleaning service to the improvement districts we manage.  Our well-equipped cleaning teams are trained to deal with most urban cleaning challenges on a day-to-day basis.  Their efforts is based on our ability to develop well-planned cleaning schedules for each area with due consideration of specific needs and the rate of work that can be achieved every day.  Our cleaning plans and schedules are developed using our Geographic Information Systems based models for each improvement district.  We constantly review these plans to ensure the best possible levels of service.

Our team members are equipped with appropriate safety equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety.  We train our maintenance staff to practice the utmost caution when operating in the urban environment and safety is of paramount importance.

Geocentric maintenance teams are supported by our area managers to provide access to our utility trailers for dealing with issues such as illegal dumping and our technical support trailers equipped with power tools, chain saws and equipment to deal with almost any challenge.

Urban Management

Our years of CID experience has developed our skills to ensure the best level of service delivery. We know how to deal with urban management issues and we lead by providing recycling solutions to urban challenges such as waste management, by developing social upliftment through our work creation programmes to give homeless people a  real opportunity to improve their lives and by implementing informal trading management plans that benefits the entire business community.

The operational delivery of CID business plans relies on continued interaction with the service providers and the various line departments of the local authority. This requires a particularly robust level of communication, negotiation and focus to bring existing service delivery to an acceptable standard in the area and deliver “top-up” CID services that truly transform the public environment.

Geocentric Water & Fire Vehicle

Geocentric is excited about the completion of our own water tanker and fire fighter. We initially developed the concept to deal with issues such as cleaning sidewalks to remove human faeces and to help with the watering of our gardens in the various CIDs. With the onset of the water restrictions we re-focused our greening efforts on potted gardens and hence our water tanker now allows us to water a significant number of pots in a single day using well-point water (we are well aware of the current water restrictions and will abide by the rules accordingly when considering watering our plants).

We also fitted a commercial firefighter pump and high-pressure hose reel that gives us a limited firefighting capability should the need ever arise and our vehicle is in the right place at the right time. Geocentric will make this resource available to all the CIDs that we manage and we believe it will contribute to the array of services we provide to our property and business owners.

Mobile LPR

Geocentric in partnership with Pinewatch Security is proud to announce our mobile License Plate Recognition (LPR) camera solution. Deployed from the Geocentric Mobile CCTV surveillance unit the Mobile LPR solution allows us to detect suspicious vehicles at random locations within our City Improvement Districts especially in support of Metro and SAPS VCPs. Geocentric will also support NHW initiatives from time to time to make the facility available at random locations during operations to detect vehicles involved in criminal activity. The system is linked to the national LPR database. The system is technically supported by Pinewatch Security and is also linked to the Pinewatch Control Room for additional backup.

Geocentric assists with Urban Agents Website

Geocentric recently completed work for Urban Agents on a website that includes an interactive map of all their featured projects. The new site will be launched in the near future.

Urban Agents is network of 254 grassroots projects based within the Cape Town metropolitan area, all of which entered the Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award 2012. A small virtual project with big dreams, Urban Agents encourages citizens to take responsibility for the cities they live in, and to reimagine and reshape them through collaborative action.

More information about the member projects can be found by visiting their websites, addresses for which appear when you roll over the relevant icon on the map. To find out more about projects that do not have dedicated websites, please email the network co-ordinator on lindsay@urban-agents.net and we will furnish you with contact details.

 

This project is hosted by the Cape Town Partnership

 Terraces Building

34 Bree Street

Cape Town   8001

South Africa

Tel +27 021 4191881

Fax +27 021 4190894

Geocentric helps to establish the Strand CBD Improvement District

The  Strand CBD Improvement District Steering Committee has appointed Geocentric to assist them in the establishment process of this SRA.  Geocentric will be responsible for all technical work on the project including the Feasibility Study, Perception Survey, Business Plan, development of the budget and support for all the statutory requirements of the process including the final application to the City of Cape Town. For more information on this initiative please visit www.cityimprovement.co.za/strand

Geocentric specialises in the establishment of Special Rating Areas (SRAs) also known as City Improvement Districts.  For more information of how Geocentric can assist you with the establishment or management of your Special Rating Area and City Improvement District please contact Gene Lohrentz on 083 255 7657 or email gene@geocentric.co.za

If you want to know more on SRAs and CIDS please visit www.cityimprovement.co.za

 

Geocentric helps to establish the Brackenfell Business Improvement District

The  Brackenfell Business Improvement District (BBID) Steering Committee has appointed Geocentric to assist them in the establishment process of the BBID.  Geocentric will be responsible for all technical work on the BBID project including the Feasibility Study, Perception Survey, Business Plan, development of the BBID budget and support for all the statutory requirements of the BBID process including the final application to the City of Cape Town. For more information on this initiative please visit www.cityimprovement.co.za/bbid

Geocentric specialises in the establishment of Special Rating Areas (SRAs) also known as City Improvement Districts.  For more information of how Geocentric can assist you with the establishment or management of your Special Rating Area and City Improvement District please contact Gene Lohrentz on 083 255 7657 or email gene@geocentric.co.za

If you want to know more on SRAs and CIDS please visit www.cityimprovement.co.za

Geocentric now manages the Maitland CID

Geocentric was appointed as the management company for the Maitland City Improvement District (Maitcid) in October 2012.  Geocentric took over the management of the Maitcid and made vast improvements to the management of the area in a very short time as supported by complimented from city officials, politicians, property owners and the general public on how much the area have changed since we took over the management of the area.

As part of our new management plan Geocentric planned and executed various SAPS and law enforcement operations to re-establish the rule of law and get the public to respect the rules and regulations of society, including laws and by-laws in every respect. In addition, the deployment and activates of the public safety patrols were redesigned, and patrol officers were issues with new high-visibility uniforms.

In support of the urban management challenges of the area, Geocentric redesigned the entire urban cleaning process for the area and re-established positive working relationships with the various City of Cape Town officials and line departments.

This process was followed by efforts to survey, photograph, report and monitor urban maintenance defects throughout the area resulting in numerous issues being resolved in a very short time.

Recently Geocentric launched a new website for the Maitcid (www.maitcid.co.za) and also launched and electronic newsletter for the Maitcid which will be sent to all the property and business stakeholders in the area.

Geocentric also launched the Social Work Action Team in January 2013.  This is a project that provides work to previously homeless and destitute people found living on the streets of Maitland.

For more information of how Geocentric can assist you with the management of your Special Rating Area and City Improvement District please contact Gene Lohrentz on 083 255 7657 or email gene@geocentric.co.za