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Fun-filled festive season in Durban
Thousands of visitors from across the country as well as locals reveled in fun-filled and incident free festivities to celebrate the New Year and enjoy the last days of their holiday along Durban’s golden beaches.

Although the beaches were packed to capacity, the crowds were generally well behaved except for a few challenges that were caused by patrons under the influence of alcohol.

Between New Year’s Eve (31/12/14) and New Year’s Day (01/01/15), 324 135 people visited various beaches around the Municipal area, 42 rescues were carried out and 973 people received first aid for different medical reasons.

About 688 people received warnings for various transgressions, including vagrants, vendors, drunken patrons, fighting, illegal braaing and alcohol use.

Child safety is high on the City’s agenda and 9350 armbands were issued so that separated children could easily be reunited with their guardians. There were 223 cases of children separated from their parents over the two days, and all, except three children were re-united with their families.

Festive Season Management Committee (FESMAC) Chairperson, Christo Swart acknowledged Municipal staff and officials who have dedicated their time to ensure safety at the beaches. “We appreciate the co-operation between Law Enforcement Officers, staff and thousands of people who visited our City,” said Swart.

The City expects more visitors as fun and festivities are still continuing into the weekend. Visitors are advised to adhere to all the rules and by-laws of the City to ensure a safe and enjoyable festive season for all.

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

For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 082 731 7456 or email: thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za or Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za
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