Expect packed beaches over holiday weekend - Cape Town

2016-12-30 19:32
Beaches are expected to be packed in summer. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Beaches are expected to be packed in summer. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town says it is expecting "another busy weekend" as scores of people are expected to flock to the city's beaches over the New Year's weekend.

"We are expecting another busy weekend, as early indications are that the weather will be good, which means more people will head outdoors. Also, New Year’s Day is traditionally one of Cape Town’s busiest beach days," the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said in a press release.

"It is also the last weekend off for many people before they return to work and this year there is the additional public holiday on January 2, which means an extra opportunity for people to get out and about," Smith said.

The weekend will be the third consecutive long weekend during the festive season period.

Several events are planned in the city over the weekend, including the annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Minstrels parade on January 2. Various streets will be closed in the inner city for the parade.

Smith encouraged the public to work together with law enforcement officials.

"We’ve had a fairly successful festive season thus far and I appeal to the public to continue working with us to ensure that we have an incident-free long weekend," he said.

Smith encouraged the public to only use fireworks in designated areas, where emergency services would be present. Anyone under the age of 16 is not permitted to discharge fireworks and no fireworks may go off after 00:30 on Sunday morning.

The public is also urged to report emergencies to the City’s 107 Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.

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