Durban beaches crammed

2013-12-27 21:50
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Durban - Inclement weather conditions in Durban did not stop over 400 000 people from visiting the city's beaches on Christmas and Boxing Day, the Ethekwini municipality said on Friday.

"The number of people visiting Durban’s beaches remains high, with approximately 402 260 people recorded to have been at various beaches around the city," said spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng.

"This shows an increase of about 120  000 visitors in the same period last year. Life guards rescued 102 people from near drownings."

Zero drownings were recorded at the beaches since the beginning of the festive season.

About 365 children were taken to the municipality’s Separated Children’s facilities at the beachfront. Of these, 363 were successfully reunited with their parents and or guardians.

The municipality’s Safer Cities and police have been requested to assist and trace the parents of the two remaining children.

Metro police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Eugene Msomi, urged public transport to drop off passengers and proceed to the allocated parking area.

He said alcohol should not be brought to the beach and anyone found with alcohol would be arrested.

"Since the beginning of the festive season 200 motorists have been arrested for various offences. Road blocks will be intensified throughout the city as we are approaching New Year’s Eve," said Msomi.

The municipality's bylaws clearly stipulate that detonation of fireworks is only allowed from 23.45 on 31 December until 00.15 on New Year's Day, the city said.

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