Festivities in Durban are still continuing, with many locals and visitors still enjoying the last days of relaxation before going back to their normal lives during the New Year.

With some people having already gone back to work, the Festive Season Committee (FESMAC) has reported that the second week of the year has been fairly quiet, with minimum incidents.

An estimate of about 373 538 people visited various beaches around the City throughout the week. Approximately 36 rescues were carried out and 306 people received first aid, mostly for blue bottle stings.

More than 1835 children were issued with armbands. Approximately 96 children were separated from their guardians and 36 were cared for at the overnight facility. All the children have been re-united with their families.

As we prepare for the coming weekend, FESMAC Chairperson, Christo Swart, assured communities that all operational plans will remain in place for the duration of the festive season. “Law Enforcement Officers will be out in full force to ensure that patrons are able to enjoy themselves in a safe and responsible way. Our lifeguards, beach buddies and child-minders will also remain at the beachfront to give assistance where required,” said Swart.

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Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Ms Tozi Mthethwa

For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 / 082 731 7456 or email Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za, or Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or 079 751 4986 email: Gugu.Mbonambi@durban.gov.za