CID Establishment & Management2018-11-27T13:07:13+00:00


Urban management

Urban management consists of the management of all required activities and interventions in the public space to ensure the effective day-to-day functioning and upliftment of an urban community.  Several models have been developed to achieve this through active precinct management.  One such model is based on the establishment and management of a City Improvement District (CID).

The CID model aims at preventing the degeneration and consequential urban decay of cities, towns or precincts by facilitating their upliftment, economic growth and sustainable development through:

  • Enhancing and supplementing the municipal services
  • Facilitating investment in the CID through business attraction and retention
  • Facilitating a co-operative approach between the City and the private sector in the provision of municipal services
  • Halting the degeneration and facilitating the upliftment of distressed areas
  • Promoting economic growth and sustainable development

Components of Urban and Place Management

CID establishment

CIDs can be established in either green field (new development areas) or brown field developments and areas (existing urban areas).  They are the outcome of a detailed and participative process, as specified in the applicable enabling legislation, when a collective of property owners decide to work together to form a CID in partnership with a local authority.

SP&P assists property owners and communities to formally establish a CID where the majority of property owners desire to do so. This includes the holding of public orientation meetings with affected property owners and informing them of the benefits of CIDs, how they are established and run, collectively developing a business plan for a proposed CID, which will give details and costs associated with the supplementary services to be provided, managing the voting process and finally compiling and submitting the application to the local authority.  Once a CID application has been approved, SP&P will assist the community of property owners to set up the relevant structures and arrangements for the management of the CID.

SP&P, whilst still owned by Halls Properties, successfully established two CIDs, namely Riverside Park and Riverside Industrial and is currently engaging with a number of communities exploring the possibility of establishing CIDs in their towns and precincts.

CID management

CID management entails a range of activities focussed on implementing the approved business plan within the agreed budget, developing a healthy relationship with the property owners and developing a strong working relationship between the CID and the local authority and their utility departments.


  • Managing service providers attending to safety and security, cleaning and landscaping, maintenance, infrastructure co-ordination and installation
  • Marketing, promotion and event management
  • Research, strategy and planning
  • Communication and information dissemination amongst the members and the local authority
  • Beautification and development of the public areas

SP&P has been managing two CIDs from the outset of their formation, the Riverside Park and Riverside Industrial CIDs.  These two well established and successful CIDs are located in the City of Mbombela, capital of Mpumalanga Province.



First envisioned in the early 1990s by township developer H.L. Hall & Sons, Riverside Park City Improvement District (CID) has since become the leading CID and destination of choice in Mpumalanga.

Riverside Park CID offers a complete lifestyle package for business owners and consumers alike with a convenient and vibrant mix of residential and tourist accommodation, an impressive array of high-end motor-related services, a staggering variety of shops and retailers as well as exciting indoor and outdoor leisure options.

Its world-class status is the result of extraordinary vision, precise planning, relationship building and the continued application of the latest international research and training. Each new phase of the development was and still is a carefully planned process, from land acquisition and tenant placement, to architecture and design, from construction and aesthetics to landscaping and maintenance.

Covering 202 hectares of prime property, with a total of 289 property owners, Riverside Park’s attraction lies in the fact that it is safe, clean, accessible, boasts pristine public spaces and offers a variety of lifestyle services and products.  In fact, according to a recent study by the South African Property Owners Association, Riverside Park CID is home to 58% of the city’s retail and 26% of its office space.

Riverside Park really does live up to its slogan of Live, Work, Shop and Play.

Riverside Industrial Cid - road circle
Riverside Industrial Cid - park


A public-private partnership, as with all CIDs in South Africa, Riverside Industrial CID was established in April 2015 as a supplementary service to the local municipality, the City of Mbombela Local Municipality.  Property owners within the Riverside Industrial geographic area voted to invest collectively to improve the physical and social environment ensuring the sustainability and growth of the area.

Riverside Industrial CID delivers projects that add value to the existing offering for all types of businesses in the area.

The main areas of focus is on public safety and security, cleaning and litter collection, as well as the upliftment and maintenance of public space, such as sidewalks and curb sides, when necessary.  Other services include the marketing of the area, achieving a higher footfall in order to retain existing and attract new business, as well as being a powerful voice of communication for both the property owners and businesses in the CID.

Riverside Industrial CID strives to create an attractive and safe area that visitors want to spend time in.

The CID’s core objective is to create and maintain a safer, cleaner and enhanced urban experience with improved economic vitality.