City is ready for the festive season

2016-12-15 06:02
eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede delivering her speech at the launch of festive season plan  in Tongaat. Photo: supplied

eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede delivering her speech at the launch of festive season plan  in Tongaat. Photo: supplied

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ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede launched the festive season plan at the Tongaat Indoor Sports Centre last week to ensure that the city is ready for the festive season.

The city aims to clamp down on lawlessness and prevent road accidents by deploying additional law enforcement officers.

The peak season plan will be fully functional from 7 December to 20 January next year.

Mayor Zandile Gumede said: “The safety of our patrons is a key priority as promised in my inaugural speech, thus eThekwini Municipality and other stakeholders have put specialised measures in place to ensure that locals and visitors alike enjoy a safe and hassle free stay in our beautiful city.”

The municipality said in a statement, police enforcement will be out in full force.

Metro police, SAPS, beach law enforcement and additional security personnel will be conducting several road safety checks.

Additional security guards will be hired to work with the police on the beachfront and are expected to be deployed at the key hotspots.

Gumede added: “Let me also remind visitors that our region is blessed to have a multitude of attractions from the beaches to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, to pristine Inanda Dam for the adventure seeker to the Inanda Heritage route for those who wish to delve into the rich cultural diversity and history that our city enjoys.

“I urge you to visit each attraction and enjoy the city’s offering that makes it a world class city and an award winning tourist destination.”

Lifeguards will be on duty at the beaches from 6am to 7pm and swimmers are urged to listen to the life guards all the time.

The municipality urged parents to get their children wristbands with contact details when going to the beach.

Police spokesperson in Tongaat Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie warned the members of the public to be vigilant when parking their vehicles.

“Most people are being robbed or even hijacked while stationary in their vehicles.

The public must ensure their car is always locked. They must also avoid parking a vehicle where there are no security officers guarding the cars.”

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