City agrees to more shark spotters

2012-04-25 09:21

The City of Cape Town has agreed to implement a shark spotting programme at Kogel Bay where a bodyboarder was killed last week.

Environmental policy head Gregg Oelofse told the Cape Times a planning meeting would take place tomorrow to discuss the logistics.

“We will try to implement the programme as soon as possible. There is also the process of identifying and training shark spotters.”

Kogel Bay surfers and bodyboarders, many of whom are Boland Surfing Association members, voted in favour of a Shark Spotters programme at a meeting on Monday evening.

The meeting followed the death of David Lilienfeld (20), on Thursday afternoon.

Lilienfeld, an SA bodyboarding team member, was at a popular surfing area, Caves, in Kogel Bay with his brother around noon when a great white shark attacked him.

Shark Spotters were already in place at six Cape beaches, costing more than a R1 million a year, with funding coming largely from the city and donations.

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