Safety tips for a happy Easter

2017-04-13 06:00
Ward councillor Hattingh Bornman (centre), with lifeguard Luzuko Mkhumbeni (left) and senior lifeguard Zweli Mafutha at one of Kouga’s biggest tourist attractions, Dolphin Beach at Jeffreys Bay.                                                 Photo:SUPPLIED

Ward councillor Hattingh Bornman (centre), with lifeguard Luzuko Mkhumbeni (left) and senior lifeguard Zweli Mafutha at one of Kouga’s biggest tourist attractions, Dolphin Beach at Jeffreys Bay. Photo:SUPPLIED

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KOUGA is gearing up for a busy and exciting Easter weekend as throngs of visitors are expected to descend upon the coastal towns of the area.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen would like to share some general safety tips for residents and visitors during this semi-festive period.

“This is not to raise alarm about crime in the area as Kouga is generally a safe destination for visitors, but one can never be too safe and we are expecting many people,” she said.

Van Lingen said that, together with other stakeholders such as the South African Police Service, the Kouga Municipality strove for safety for its people in line with one of its Mission statements: To create a safe environment with diverse opportunities for economic growth and development.

These are some of the safety tips from the Mayor:

  • Avoid walking alone at night and in isolated areas.
  • Avoid extravagant displays of valuables such as expensive jewellery, cameras and mobile phones.
  • Carry your wallet in an inside pocket or the front pocket of your pants.
  • Keep the doors of your vehicle locked and your windows up at all times when you leave it unattended.
  • Do not leave valuables such as mobile phones inside your vehicle where they can be seen as these may serve as attraction for break-ins. Rather lock these in the boot.
  • Park in well-lit areas at night.
  • Do not carry large sums of money with you.
  • Avoid swimming in secluded areas as there may be no one to save you in case of an emergency and you may drown.

“Festive times such as Easter should be celebrated in a safe and free environment. It is in all our interest to help minimise crime or other unpleasant incidents during this period,” she said.

For any crime-related emergencies, one can contact the police on 10111.

Local police stations

  • Jeffreys Bay – 042 200 6800/ 6801/ 6802
  • Humansdorp – 042 200 4718/ 4717/ 4734
  • St Francis Bay – 042 200 1800/ 1817
  • Patensie – 042 283 8429/ 8400
  • Hankey – 042 284 8219/ 8220
  • Thornhill – 042 286 6203.

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