Major shift in perception for Cape Town

Posted On Thursday, 14 March 2002 03:01 Published by
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Perceptions about Cape Town’s central city have shown a remarkable turnaround in just two years.
Perceptions about Cape Town’s central city have shown a remarkable turnaround in just two years. This has emerged from an extensive user survey announced by the Cape Town Partnership. The survey compares with a similar survey conducted two years ago.

Two years ago, only 9% of businesspeople found the security in the CBD acceptable, compared with 62% in 2002. And positive perceptions of cleanliness in the central city have virtually doubled.

Not a single tourist interviewed this time had been the victim of crime during their stay. Whereas only 71% of tourists two years ago said they would revisit the city, 93% now said they would return.

Other notable results from the survey include a massive 86% vote in favour of new, better-managed centralised markets for informal trade, and doing away with street hawking.

A very high 82% of respondents said they supported the mooted inner-city transport system, with 75% confirming they would use it. An even higher 86% said they supported a tram system being reintroduced to central Cape Town.

Given that 240 000 commuters enter the city centre every working day of the week, these statistics are particularly significant.

There was good news from shopowners too: whereas two years ago, 90% said they experienced delivery problems due to people parking in loading zones, only 37% continue to experience problems. This can be attributed to the better management of kerbside parking, with the Partnership’s management system, where research in December 2001 showed a 94.5% approval rate.

Partnership CEO Michael Farr said the two major priorities two years ago were security and cleansing. 'Now that perceptions have shifted remarkably, we have new priorities to concentrate on while keeping up our commitment to security and cleansing. We will be working closely with local government to find a solution to these problems.'

Publisher: Cape Business News
Source: Cape Business News

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