A safe and above-satisfactory season

2017-01-12 06:01

“EVEN with a downturn in our economy the season can overall be deemed as better than just satisfactory,” said Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO, Justin Mackrory.

“In spite of the setbacks from the water issue we have had good reports that most retail enterprises in the tourism sector had a busy season and accommodation stock was taken up,” he said. Once a snapshot season survey of the season has been conducted, the tourism body will have a better picture of how the December holiday season progressed.

“Naturally there would have been some fall-out in visitor satisfaction levels due to water and sewerage issues, but the combination of infrastructure remedy and our concerted media and publicity actions should negate any medium to long-term aftershocks,” he added.

The Keg and Galleon’s Henry Scholtz said water woes affected business “slightly”, but luckily the Margate restaurant has water storage tanks on the property.

“Our overall turnover for the December season was down compared to last year, but we still had a good and busy season,” he said.

SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said crime had stablised over the season. “We are fortunate that crime has stabilised during this period. Proper planning, long hours and hard work by all our SAPS members and officers as well as other law enforcement agencies resulted in a fairly quiet period as far as serious crimes are concerned. “In the majority of the crimes reported, we effected arrests. We also want to thank the community for playing a major role by reporting suspicious persons and vehicles and assisting the police to curb crime in the Ugu area,” added Wiid.

The cluster commander, Major-General Sethenya Nxamagele, expressed her appreciation to her members for their commitment over the holidays.

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