Rob Kane is the chairperson of the board of the Central City Improvement District (CCID), whose role is to advise the CCID on its strategic development and to ensure good governance. The CCID works tirelessly to ensure the CBD is safe, clean, caring, and open to urban residents.
We caught up with Rob to find out about what makes this exciting CBD tick.

I have been fortunate to be part of the CCID during a positive time. One of the more memorable experiences for me was the 2010 FIFA World Cup where I watched on match days as Capetonians flooded into the CBD. I clearly recall their surprise at finding the Central City safe, spotless, vibrant and inclusive. What was really special was to see them coming back again and again.

With a tremendous rise in the amount of people enjoying the various lifestyle offerings, coupled with a sharp rise in property investment, the CBD is becoming increasingly popular to live in. We’ve seen a rise from only around 750 residents a decade ago to an estimated 7 000 living here today, and we believe it will grow substantially more during the next two years.

While CBDs may not offer the expansive living options that a house in the suburbs may offer, they do offer proximity to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, parks, and public transport links all within reach. They offer access to a certain kind of exciting lifestyle, that you can only find in these hotspots.

The importance of shorter travel times between work and home, in particular, encourages inner-city living.

We would love to see the Cape Town CBD eventually become a true 24/7 live, work, play, and stay destination in line with the most vibrant cities in the world. Our vision is that it is accessible for all Capetonians. We would love to see this potential unlocked to ensure that our CBD is inclusive and remains vibrant and alive through participation across multiple economic groups. This is vital for any city to survive and thrive.

As the CCID, we believe the success of Cape Town’s CBD is measured by people. While investment certainly gives the CBD life, people give it soul.

If you are living in the Cape Town Central City, then you need to explore it and be part of it. Don’t be an outsider; get involved and enjoy it – this is not the boring suburbs!