It’s the festive season and Century City is ready!

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Date 16 November 2019

With the festive season around the corner and many more additional visitors expected to Century City, you can rest assured that we are prepared!  The Century City Property Owners’ Association (CCPOA)-driven Operational Management Forum which co-ordinates and facilitates law enforcement, security, traffic and disaster management issues within Century City has been proactively preparing for this year’s Festive Season. 


“During the festive season the number of shoppers to Canal Walk increases significantly” says Chris Blackshaw, CEO of CCPOA.  “We band together with several role players and stakeholders in an around Century City to ensure that our residents, visitors and staff enjoy a positive experience.  It is silly season after all, which calls for an additional effort from everyone.”


In terms of traffic management, there has been extensive and ongoing liaison with Goodwood Traffic Management Centre (TMC) throughout the year. The Century City Security Operations Centre (SOC) has a direct line to the Traffic Systems Operations manager to facilitate rapid adjustment to the timing settings of traffic signals when required.


In addition, SOC’s Traffic Management CCTV console will monitor traffic patterns in and around Century City, which is manned 24/7 by a trained CCTV operator to manage that specific environment.  SOC is also able to view selected Freeway traffic cameras via a link with the TMC. Real time traffic information on the neighboring Freeways is useful as Century City traffic flows are directly affected by Freeway traffic congestion.

Two traffic officers will be stationed in the precinct from 6:00 until 22:00 and the digital Variable Messaging System (VMS) boards will run messages round the clock to warn motorists of any traffic congestion, accidents and general messaging.

Getting to and from Century City via public transport will be aided by the MyCiti service and Golden Arrow busses which will operate until 22:30 to accommodate the extended Canal Walk trading hours.  Minibus taxi operators have been advised of the extended shopping hours and will adjust their service accordingly.

Heightened security measures in Canal Walk and Century City will continue throughout the Festive Season, with the assistance of SAPS.  This includes Intervention Vehicles on the perimeter, enhanced control room staffing, further deployment of security personnel inside the mall and parking areas.  Additional security officers will be deployed along the canal and back passages of Canal Walk. Canal Walk will also be in total lock down outside of trading hours during the Festive Season and delivery vehicles directed to specific drop off points.

Emergency Contact

Century City Security Operations Centre (SOC) is to be contacted in the first instance regarding any traffic-related or other incidents.  SOC, in turn, will contact SAPS, City Traffic Control Centre and other emergency services.

Contact number:  24/7 SOC - 021 202 1000


Festive season times and special events

Canal Walk Festive Season Extended Trading Hours

  • Friday 29 November (Black Friday) to Monday 23 December

09:00 – 22:00

  • Tuesday 24 December                                   

09:00 – 21:00

  • Wednesday 25 December

Optional trading (selected stores will be open)

  • Thursday 26 December to Tuesday 31 December

09:00 – 21:00

  • Wednesday 1 January 2019  

09:00 – 19:00 (optional trading after 19:00)

  • Thursday 2 January onwards 

09:00 – 21:00

Events at Canal Walk

  • Black Friday - Friday, 29 November

Festive Season Events on Central Park/ The Square

  • Natural Goods Market & Art on the Island: Sunday, 24 November (09h00 – 14h00)
  • Carols by Candlelight: Sunday, 1 December (18h30 – 20h30)
  • Summer Night Market: Friday, 6 December (16h00 – 21h00)
  • Galileo: Friday, 20 December (18h00 – 22h30)