MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

22/12/16

FESTIVE SEASON PLANS ON TRACK

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.

On the week leading up to the Christmas long weekend, 19-21 December 2016, more than 34 3275 people visited the various beaches around the City. Approximately 125 children were separated from their guardians and have all been re-united. Wristbands, on which guardians’ contact details are entered, are issued to assist in re-uniting separated children with their parents or guardians. Beach Buddies and Child Minders issued 16 490 wristbands.

As the Christmas long-weekend approaches, the Municipality’s Chairperson of the Festive Season Management Committee (FESMAC), Mr Sbusiso Mkhwanazi has urged parents and guardians to be vigilant in ensuring that their children are kept within sight and are safe at all times, as being separated can be a very traumatic experience for the children.

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. Alcohol brought onto the beach will be confiscated and those found drinking (alcohol at the beach) will be detained and fined,” he said.

Approximately 132 rescues were carried out, where bathers had difficulty under water and 570 people received first aid treatment for blue bottle stings and minor cuts. Beach and City maintenance is on track as the staff is working daily to ensure that it is litter free. Approximately 383 960 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 274 people.

To avert traffic congestion during the Christmas long weekend, road closures around beach vicinity will be implemented. Only motorists with beach permits will be allowed access beyond the boom controlled areas.

ENDS

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Deputy Head of Communications, Mandla Nsele.
For more information contact Vuyo Ndlovu on 031 311 4838, vuyo.ndlovu@durban.gov.za