17 DECEMBER 2015


Putting Safety First During The Festive Season

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo accompanied by Metro Police Officers and City officials patrolled the beachfront to ensure safety, where thousands of holidaymakers had flocked to celebrate Reconciliation Day yesterday, 16 December 2015.

Our beaches were packed to capacity, as both locals and visitors made their way to the various beaches to enjoy the warm weather and vibrant ambience with family and friends. 

Over 178 319 people were recorded at the various beaches and 25 864 people visited swimming pools. There were 15 rescues carried out where people were having difficulty under water and 10 beachgoers received first aid for blue bottle stings and minor cuts. Approximately 8343 armbands were issued out and 187 children were separated from their guardians. As of this morning, three children remained within the Municipality’s care. 

Approximately 4178 litter bags were collected. Two arrests were made for cases related to bag theft and a stabbing incident.

No incident of drowning was recorded.

Nxumalo interacted with members of the public and wished patrons a joyous festive season while patrolling the beachfront to check that operations are running smoothly. 

Nxumalo said he was pleased with the general state of the beach and urged patrons not to litter and to co-operate with law enforcement officers, to ensure that we all have a fun, safe and memorable festive season.

“Our teams are working around the clock to ensure that our patrons enjoy themselves in a safe, clean and conducive environment,” he said.

Nxumalo appealed to patrons to act responsibly and be considerate when using the facilities. 


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

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4855 or email:

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