OBSID in May 2022

Working to make places for people

May 2022 was a busy month for the OBSID team.  Read on to see what we’ve been up to:

Public safety:

Theft (from outdoor areas and cars) remains our biggest challenge with regards crime in Observatory.  We beleive there is a link between this and the fact that the community is often careless with their belongings and property, as shown by the high number of proactive actions taken by the OBSID public safety team each month – making themselves targets.

Please help us – make sure your car is locked, don’t leave anything visible in your car and keep house gates and garage doors locked.

Urban management:

Another busy month!  Our team is dealing with the change of season, resulting in lots of dropped leaves from trees in our suburb.  We’re also working to make sure that drains are clean so that we don’t have blockages.

You can help by making sure you only put your bin out on collection days, that you don’t use green bins to dispose of your household or business waste and you don’t leave bags of refuse on the pavement outside your premises.

We’ve been fortunate to host a team of Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers since April 2022 who have helped us to tackle litter along the main routes in Observatory – Main Road, Lower Main Road, Station Road and Rochester Road.

Social development:

Our informally housed community continues to access services from our social development team.

Our work-based rehabilitation programme is very important to us – both as an example of how a developmentally based programme can dovetail with work opportunities to help people make different life choices and also as part of our efforts to keep Observatory clean.  This team goes out every weekday to clean up the Village Green and the area around the Station Road bridge and tackle other hotspots throughout the precinct.


We hope you enjoyed this update!  You’re welcome to get in touch with us if you have any questions, comments or compliments.  You can reach us on 021 448 7090 or info@obsid.org.za.


Our 24 hour control room number is 01 447 1066, or WhatsApp on 074 636 9933.


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