Festive Season Drawing To a Close

Following a busy festive season in eThekwini, with a number of people returning to work and schools set to reopen soon, a decreasing number of people are visiting our beaches. 

However the Festive Season Operational Plan will remain in place until next week, when schools re-open and normal business resumes, to ensure visitors safety.

The Festive Season Committee (FESMAC) has reported that an estimated 279 809 people visited the beaches over the festive period with 158 rescues carried out. Around 1981 people received first aid treatment. One drowning was reported at Umdloti Beach.

Approximately 10 646 armbands were issued with 323 children separated from their guardians. All have been reunited with their families. 

Waste collected from Central Durban over the busy period was 157 905.76 tons.

FESMAC chairperson, Sibusiso Mkhwanazi, commended the visitors and locals who enjoyed their holidays while adhering to the City’s bylaws.

He emphasised that while the festive season was almost over, law enforcement would still be on patrol at the various beaches.


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

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