ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

21 December 2015

Festive Season Plans Are Still On Track

With the Festive Season at its peak, eThekwini Municipality is continuing to ensure that holidaymakers enjoy their stay and have an enjoyable time in our warm and beautiful City. 

Over the past weekend, 18-20 December 2015, more than 313 066 people visited the various beaches around the City. About 180 children were separated from their guardians, but were later reunited with their families by the end of the weekend. 

The Municipality’s Chairperson of the Festive Season Management Committee (FESMAC) Sbusiso Mkhwanazi urged parents and guardians to be vigilant and ensure that their children are kept within sight and are safe at all times. 

He emphasised that braaing is only allowed from Sunkist to Blue Lagoon beaches at central beaches. Braaing is strictly prohibited from other areas of the beach. 

Mkhwanazi 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. No alcohol is to be brought onto or consumed on the beaches,” he said. 

Wristbands, on which guardians’ contact details are written, are issued to assist in reuniting separated children with their parents or guardians. Beach Buddies and Child Minders issued about 15 354 wristbands during the past weekend.

Approximately 84 rescues were carried out, where bathers had difficulty under water, while 253 people received first aid treatment for blue bottle stings and minor cuts. A 27-year old female drowned at Illovo River Mouth, a non-bathing beach. Her body was recovered by lifeguards on 18/12/15.

Beach and City maintenance is still on track as the staff members are working daily to ensure that beaches and surrounding areas are litter free. About 302 202.19 tons of litter was collected. 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 144 people. 

With local and international tourists continuing to flock into our City, patrons are urged to play their part by ensuring that they put their litter in one of the 1 276 bins provided around the Durban City Centre and ensure that our City is kept spotless at all times. 

ENDS 

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

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za​ or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za



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