Safer… cleaner… smarter

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Contact Details

OBSID Security Control Room (24 hours)

021 447 1066

CCT General Emergency Services

107 (landline) / 112 (mobile)

Woodstock Police Station

021 442 3117/00/21

Salt River Fire Station

021 444 0830

What is OBSID?

Working in the public spaces of Observatory, we provide a public safety service, cleaning and greening services on the streets and in the parks, as well as outreach services to the homeless and other vulnerable community members.  We’re also gearing up to develop and implement projects focused on business development, arts, heritage and culture.

We’re a city improvement district (special rating area), funded by property owners in a defined residential and commercial area of Observatory. Governed by the Municipal Property Rates Act and relevant bylaws, we focus on providing top-up services to those delivered by the City of Cape Town.   

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Welcome to OBSID!
We hope you’ll find the content useful. Follow the links to find out more about our work.

Mission Statement

We make sure that our programmes and services are developed and implemented in order to deliver against our mission.

The Benefits

Foremost is creating a suburb where residents feel safe in their homes and on their streets.

Responsible Giving

If you’re going to give to the needy, do it in a way that makes a positive difference.

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Welcome to Observatory, we hope you enjoy your stay!
News & Updates

An Obs-led journey to address social issues in inclusive, fair and sustainable ways

Observatory has always been known as somewhat alternative – and on 23rd October the community did the alternative thing:  they called a community meeting to discuss social issues in Obs, with a view to listening to all the voices and to coming up with a way forward ….perhaps even an innovative alternative to the usual …

OBSID is partnering with Open Streets to reimagine the Village Green

Open Streets Cape Town has been appointed by the OBSID Board to undertake a feasibility study of the space fondly known as the Village Green. Read more here:

OBSID updates

OBSID in February 2022

Working to make places for people February 2022 was a busy month for the OBSID team.  Read on to see what we’ve been up to:   Public safety: We noted a crime spike on one weekend in February 2022, with multiple incidents reported. Our biggest challenge in the community relates to the high number of …

As 2021 draws to a close…

OBSID celebrating successes and tackling new challenges Precinct management is not for the faint-hearted, and the OBSID team has once again proved its worth.  Besides shortly closing another successful, albeit complicated calendar year, we will soon complete our current five-year term and enter into a new era with the wider Obs community. Whilst introducing an …

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