Festive Season Plan on Full Steam
With the Festive Season at its peak, the Municipality is continuing to ensure that holidaymakers enjoy their stay and have a bumper time in our warm and beautiful City.
During the week, 18-20 December 2017, more than 154 512 people visited the various beaches around the City. Children separated from their guardians/parents were 84. All children were re-united with their families on the same day. Beach Buddies and Child Minders issued out 16 369 wristbands during the past weekend. The wristbands contain details of parents/guardians. Swimming pools recorded 32852 bathers.
Approximately 28 rescues were carried out and 144 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 131 670 tons of litter were 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 279 people.
As we approach the long weekend preceding Christmas Day and Day of Goodwill, the City anticipates a huge influx 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.
Alcohol brought onto the beach will be confiscated and perpetrators will be detained and fined up to R2 500,” he said. The warning comes after a three-year old boy nearly drowned at Amanzimtoti Beach this morning, 21 December 2017, while swimming at a non-bathing beach.
It is alleged that the boy was washed out to sea while swimming with members of his family at the non-bathing beach. Lifeguards who were alerted of the near drowning incident resuscitated the boy before he was transported to hospital.
He also urged patrons to make use of the park and ride system, where a free shuttle service will ferry people from Centrum, Old Natal Command and Drive Inn Sites to the beach. The shuttle will leave from the sites every 30 minutes on a daily basis.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.
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