Dear Brackenfell Property Owners, Residents and Business People

As a property owner, resident or member of the community in the Brackenfell area you are no doubt well aware of the problems in the area.  Incidents of crime and grime including homelessness, aggressive begging, informal car guards and general urban degradation are escalating. These problems are of great concern and need to be effectively addressed.

A group of concerned property owners in association with the Brackenfell Community Police Forum and the Okavango Sakekamer has taken the initiative to seek solutions to these problems, and they are appealing for your support in establishing a Special Rating Area (SRA).  Your participation and support in establishing this SRA, will not only be greatly appreciated, it will also lead to significant upgrading of the public urban environment around your property.

What is a Special Ratings Area (SRA)

  • A statutory body established under the SRA by-law of the City of Cape Town previously known as a City Improvement District (CID).
  • The SRA is funded by way of an additional rate collected from rate payers by the City of Cape Town and paid to the management board of the proposed Brackenfell Business Improvement District SRA.
  • The additional rate will pay for supplementary municipal services within the defined area such as security, cleansing and other urban upgrade initiatives as described in a business plan.

Why do we need the SRA

  • It will reduce crime, grime and homelessness though improved management of the area.
  • It will provide a safer, cleaner and friendlier public environment.
  • Public space will be upgraded and property values tend to increase within SRA’s.


How does it work?

  • ‘Top up’ services will be added to those provided by the City of Cape Town
  • The additional rate may only be used for services in the designated area as outlined in the agreed business plan
  • An SRA provides property owners with a direct say in the management of the designated area.

We are currently establishing the needs of a Special Ratings Area in Brackenfell. All we ask of you at this stage is to please complete this questionnaire (it will only take10 minutes of your time).  Once we have captured the data and have done an analysis, we will have a better understanding of the needs and can plan accordingly. You will be updated and involved in the progress.

The BBCID Steering Committee

For more information please contact Gene Lohrentz on 083 255 7657 or email

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