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04 JANUARY 2016

New Year’s Festivities Continue Without Major Glitches In Durban

Durban skies were converted into a fountain of colour, as thousands of people cheered and welcomed the New Year. Plenty of festivities were planned around the City, during the past long weekend, to usher in the New Year and keep locals and visitors entertained. 

The beaches were packed to capacity, as families and friends enjoyed the long weekend on the surf. Needless to say, lifeguards, law enforcement officers and other officials were kept busy trying to offer assistance where it was required and ensuring that the crowd remained under control. 

One of the challenges experienced were people who refused to stop bathing in the sea and swimming pools during night time, which posed a great danger to their safety. Metro Police Officers and other law enforcement agencies had to intervene to prevent any potential drownings.

More than 505 584 people visited the various beaches during the long weekend. Approximately 4 650 people had to be treated for various ailments and 242 rescues were carried out. One drowning was reported at Dakota beach, where the body of a 14-year old male was recovered at 07:30 this morning. Another drowning incident happened at La Mercy River, where the body of a 53-year old male from East London was recovered on 01 Jan 2016 at around 13:45.

Approximately 32 613 armbands were issued to children and 693 Children were separated from their guardians/parents. All children have been reunited with their families.

An estimated 96 669.96 tons of refuse was collected over the long weekend.

Chairperson of the Festive Season Management Committee (FESMAC), Sibusiso Mkhwanazi said law enforcement was tightened at the beachfront to ensure that people were able to enjoy themselves in a safe way. He added that beaches had been packed to an extent that road closures had to be implemented early to avoid traffic congestion. He urged patrons to abide by Municipal by-laws and ensure that they always put theirs and other people’s safety first. 

ENDS

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

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email:gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za and Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email:princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za



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