More in tourism means more police presence

2015-10-15 06:00


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ONE of our dedicated members who has been actively been involved in matters of safety and security, has brought to our attention a very important point regarding the securing of more police resources for an area.

Among various other categories, the logistical planners for SAPS also use the quantifiable number of registered tourism-related business and enterprises to determine how many personnel, vehicles, etc., should be allocated to ensure suitable policing within a destination.

I am of the opinion that here, there are many businesses trading yet do not have the necessary licenses from the local authority and/or are not registered with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Deat) and Ugu South Coast Tourism.

This being the case by not being on the relevant databases, these enterprises are in fact precluding the SAPS from allocating realistic resources for policing in our district- which is a critical element for the ease of comfort our tourism industry and guests demand.

In some respects, this is an appeal for enterprises that derive their income through tourism to obtain the necessary authorisations from the local municipality and register with Deat and ourselves - this should then inform our law enforcement in their planning for the future of safety and security down here.

If we do not attend to the well-being of our residents (who can praise or condemn our area in terms of policing) and our visitors (who can end up being the best ambassadors for our tourism), our efforts will fail in the quest to have a better reputation for this lovely part of our province.

The spring break has just concluded and before we know it, the end-of-year holidays will be on us. We have a comprehensive events line-up for our visitors which we believe will add to the sizzle of the year-end festivities - all conducted within a sunny and safe environment.

In order for us to ensure the security of consumers in their booking of their holiday (there are dubious online “sellers” out there) we urge readers to recommend the credible letting and booking agencies that are listed on our member’s database, our website and profiled on our Southern Explorer publication.

Enjoy the brief respite until the year-end rush to paradise.

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