Bellville to get upgrade
The City of Cape Town wants to upgrade urban decaying Bellville into another CBD.
CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Thursday said it intends turning Bellville's fortunes around.
The newly-launched Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID) aims to rid Bellville's streets of litter and crime.
It is hoped that this will attract more investors.
The VRCID's Derek Bock is positive they can transform the area into Cape Town's second CBD.
"I'm very positive about the VRCID working with other law enforcement to make it safe, to sweat the small things first and then clean up the streets."
The City of Cape Town's JP Smith said they are trying to sort out the illegal dumping, prostitution and slum buildings.
"For the past two years, a coordinating team has been working with all the different council departments addressing the various problem areas like sleaze, security, crime, and muggings. We have started to stabilise the area."
A resident said crime has gripped Bellville over the years.
"It's too rowdy and I don't think it is as safe now as it was back then. There are drugs, robberies take place, and people get pick-pocketed."
Bellville Police Station Commander Sharon Govender admitted the most common crimes are theft and burglaries.
However, she said it is nothing to be too worried about.
"There are no alarming statistics to say we must be concerned, because it's a two-way street as most of these crimes occur where there's negligence."