28 December 2015

City’s Festive Season Operational Plan In Full Swing

EThekwini Municipality’s Festive Season Management Committee (FESMAC) has reported that although the beaches were busy over the past weekend, the crowd was generally well behaved. 

Between Christmas Eve, 24/12/15 and Sunday, 27/12/15, over 483 923 people visited various beaches around the Municipal area, 66 people who experienced difficulty while under water were rescued by lifeguards and 2936 people received first aid treatment for different medical reasons, mainly blue bottle stings and minor cuts. 

A stabbing incident that resulted in a fatality that occurred on Mahatma Gandhi Road was reported. The matter is currently being investigated by police.

Approximately 18 338 armbands were issued to children coming to the beach. About 109 children were separated from their guardians but were later reunited with their families. As of this morning, one child remained at the place of safety where children are kept. The child is in the care of social workers.

Approximately 177 989.14 tons of waste were collected. The Chairperson of FESMAC, Sibusiso Mkhwanazi, commended the Durban Solid Waste team for their outstanding work and ensuring that visitors are able to enjoy themselves in a clean and safe environment.

Festivities are still continuing in Durban, with more people expected to arrive in the City to enjoy the New Year celebrations. Beachgoers are advised to only swim in designated areas and to co-operate with lifeguards. Beachgoers are advised to adhere to all the rules and by-laws of the City to ensure a safe and enjoyable festive season for all. 


Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

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