“This beach is no picnic for us, say locals“

2015-09-01 06:00

Muizenberg ratepayers say the beach is falling into a sorry state, with irregular maintenance of the facilities and little security.

They say the pathway on either side of the shower block at Surfers’ Corner is constantly laden with sand, making it impossible for pram or wheelchair users. They also claim the security lights at Surfers’ Corner have not worked since October last year and the Pavilion walls are marred by rust stains.

In addition, the ratepayers say beachfront law enforcement is “non-existent”, despite the law enforcement office under the promenade, as petty crime is rife along this strip of beachfront, accompanied by “aggressive and intimidating” informal car guards.

But Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says the City of Cape Town’s sport, recreation and amenities department has drawn up a comprehensive maintenance plan to address daily and proactive maintenance on walls and pathways to prepare spaces for the busy season.

“The natural impact of sea, sand and salt on materials, as well as usage, has increased the frequency with which maintenance is required on beach facilities, which has resulted in larger financial and staffing requirements,” she says.

Richard Bosman, executive director for City safety and security, says law enforcement officers based in the Muizenberg area work on weekdays from 07:30 to 16:00. Sporadic car patrols are done at Sunrise Beach daily and motorcycle patrols are done along the beach from time to time.

“Although the office is situated in Muizenberg, the area of responsibility stretches from the corner of 5th Avenue and Strandfontein Road in Lotus River to the border of Fish Hoek, at Clovelly, and includes all the residential areas (and informal settlements such as Capricorn Village, Hillview and Phumlani Village), as well as the beaches from Strandfontein Pavilion to Clovelly beach,” he says.

The City is talking with the local police station to ensure that more joint patrols take place in the area, Bosman says.

The lifeguard facilities have also been listed as a major concern for the Muizenberg and Lakeside Ratepayers’ Association, with the facilities offered to the lifesaving tower and the first aid room in a state of disrepair.

The City is currently in the process of revising its lifesaving strategy, Walker says. This process will address these facilities and the equipment required by the lifeguards.

Muizenberg ratepayers say the beach is falling into a sorry state, with irregular maintenance of the facilities and little security.

They say the pathway on either side of the shower block at Surfers’ Corner is constantly laden with sand, making it impossible for pram or wheelchair users.

They also claim the security lights at Surfers’ Corner have not worked since October last year and the Pavilion walls are marred by rust stains.

In addition, the ratepayers say beachfront law enforcement is “non-existent”, despite the law enforcement office under the promenade, as petty crime is rife along this strip of beachfront, accompanied by “aggressive and intimidating” informal car guards.

Maintenance planBut Belinda Walker, mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says the City of Cape Town’s sport, recreation and amenities department has drawn up a comprehensive maintenance plan to address daily and proactive maintenance on walls and pathways to prepare spaces for the busy season.

“The natural impact of sea, sand and salt on materials, as well as usage, has increased the frequency with which maintenance is required on beach facilities, which has resulted in larger financial and staffing requirements,” she says.

Richard Bosman, executive director for City safety and security, says law enforcement officers based in the Muizenberg area work on weekdays from 07:30 to 16:00.

Sporadic car patrols are done at Sunrise Beach daily and motorcycle patrols are done along the beach from time to time.

“Although the office is situated in Muizenberg, the area of responsibility stretches from the corner of 5th Avenue and Strandfontein Road in Lotus River to the border of Fish Hoek, at Clovelly.

“It includes all the residential areas (and informal settlements such as Capricorn Village, Hillview and Phumlani Village), as well as the beaches from Strandfontein Pavilion to Clovelly beach,” he says.

Joint patrolsThe City is talking with the local police station to ensure that more joint patrols take place in the area, Bosman says.

The lifeguard facilities have also been listed as a major concern for the Muizenberg and Lakeside Ratepayers’ Association, with the facilities offered to the lifesaving tower and the first aid room in a state of disrepair.

The City is currently in the process of revising its lifesaving strategy, Walker says.

This process will address these facilities and the equipment required by the lifeguards

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