KZN’s beaches crowded, traffic extremely busy

2014-12-24 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S beaches and roads are busy as holidaymakers continued to pour into the province yesterday.

“Paramedics were extremely busy yesterday attending to multiple incidents across the province during the day and through the night,” said Emergency Medical Rescue Service spokesperson Robert Mckenzie.

Among the crashes was one in which a eThekwini Metro police vehicle and a taxi collided at the corner of Shepstone and Dr Pixley ka Seme streets.

“The driver of the taxi died at the scene and seven passengers sustained minor injuries. Four Metro Police Officers were also hospitalised.”

Con Roux, marketing manager for N3 Toll Concession, said around 1 300 vehicles per hour were passing through the Mooi plaza towards the coast.

Zinhle Mngomezulu of the Road Traffic Inspectorate said 1 821 cars went through the Mariannhill plaza towards Durban between 1 pm and 2 pm yesterday, with 1 106 going inland.

eThekwini municipal spokesperson Tozi Mthethwa said the city’s beaches are full, with more than 236 000 visitors over the weekend.

Lifeguards were kept busy, with 47 rescues and 65 people were treated, mostly for bluebottle stings.

“Approximately 9 049 armbands were issued to children who visited the beaches. There were 152 children who separated from their guardians and were later re-united.”

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