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!
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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

OBSID’s public spaces project – year end update

As the year comes to an end, we are happy to announce that four of the ideas collected through the public call for proposals to improve our public spaces will be implemented in early 2021. Special thanks to the public space working group which carefully considered all the ideas submitted and put together a thoughtful …

What’s been happening in our public spaces project?

We have recently communicated that the OBSID Board approved a public space projects policy which aims to enhance the value and use of public space through carefully considered and managed projects and activations that support OBSID’s work on cleaning and urban management, social issues and public safety and includes business / economic support, as well …

OBSID updates

OBSID and Communitree – working together to green Observatory

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Communitree – and you can get involved!

2020 – what a year!

As the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be felt, disruption to services, rising unemployment, increased crime and increases in the number of people living on the streets have been noted throughout Cape Town.  The suburb of Observatory is no exception, but the Observatory Improvement District (OBSID) is making significant inroads in dealing with …