Festive Season Plan in Full Steam
With the Festive Season at its peak, the Municipality is continuing to ensure that holidaymakers are safe and enjoy their stay in the warm and hospitable city of Durban.
During the week, 18-20 December 2018, more than 276 132 people visited the various beaches around the City. Children separated from their guardians/parents were around 507. Beach Buddies and Child Minders issued out 19 044 wristbands during the week. The wristbands contain details of parents/guardians.
Approximately 23 rescues were carried out and 156 people received first aid treatment mostly for blue bottle stings and minor cuts.
Beach and City maintenance is on track as the staff is working daily to ensure a litter-free environment. Approximately 1 045 770 tons of litter was collected and disposed at designated depots around the City. The Durban Solid Waste clean-up team works in three shifts which are scheduled as follows; 06h00 – 14h30, 15h00 – 23h00 and 22h00 – 05h30. There is a staff complement of approximately 413 people.
During night cleaning, patrons are urged to vacate the beach area so as to allow staff members to thoroughly clean the area and have it ready for the next day. It should be noted that the beach is a bottle-free zone.
As we approach the weekend preceding Christmas Day and Day of Goodwill, the City anticipates a huge influx of people into the beaches.
The Municipality’s Acting Chairperson of the Festive Season Management Committee (FESMAC), Malcolm Canham, has urged parents and guardians to be vigilant in ensuring that their children are kept within sight and are safe at all times.
Canham urged all beachgoers to adhere to instructions given by lifeguards to ensure that everybody has a safe and enjoyable festive season. “Beachgoers should only swim within designated bathing areas, marked with red and yellow flagged beacons. Swimming hours are strictly from 06h00 to 18h30. The public may not swim at night nor should they swim at beaches that are not manned by lifeguards,” said Canham.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact the Municipal Spokesperson, Msawakhe Mayisela on 060 966 4220 or Malcolm Canham on 083 461 5059.
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