How Durban does it

2016-03-17 06:00

ON 16 December, 2015 (a public holiday) I was in Durban and was impressed how the eThekwini Municipality applied its public management along their beachfront on that day.

This prompted me with support of our board to facilitate a fact finding mission with some municipal officials which we did last week.

The advice and shared experiences as provided by the senior superintendent for the Metro Police Service was invaluable and going forward, the metro has agreed to provide copies of their expansive beachfront management plan for the last peak season.

This will be an invaluable resource for our local municipalities in their planning towards our high intensity use days down here.

What was interesting is that over a five-year period since such plans were put into place, the incidence of crime and transgression of by-laws has dropped by over 80%. My belief is that in taking from success stories like this we collectively can negate the real issues and perceptions that can distort the reputation of our tourism areas.

It was clear from the meeting that their police service was strong on zero tolerance, application of by-laws and public information and with the latter, we may join hands with them in a public information campaign.

Recently the eThekwini Municipality adjusted their level of fines for all sorts of by-laws relating to beaches and in certain instances repeat offenders can be fined up to R40 000.

Once we receive the Fesmac plan from Durban, we will engage with local municipalities in order to minimise the repeat of inconveniences and disruptions when our beach hot spots are over-subscribed - after all it is they who are the custodians of visitor well-being on our shores.

We are committed to our visitors having a sunny and safe time here and every brush stroke of effort will in the long term support our determination to retain our destination as truly the paradise of the Zulu kingdom.

Happy autumn holidays to everyone.

We are committed to our visitors having a sunny and safe time here and every brush stroke of effort will in the long term support our determination to retain our destination as the paradise of the Zulu

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