Toti ready for bumper season

2015-12-02 06:00
Lifeguards Mondli Luthuli and Mark Barber with one the two new rescue boats. Photo: tania sandberg

Lifeguards Mondli Luthuli and Mark Barber with one the two new rescue boats. Photo: tania sandberg

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THE Sapphire Coast region is ready with all systems in place for a bumper festive season after receiving new rescue­ and emergency equipment and two new rescue boats.

“The new equipment has been deployed to the whole of eThekwini of which two boats for the Sapphire Coast will be utilised in Amanzimtoti and Umgababa. This has come at the right time for the summer season. The new rescue boats will mean we can put in additional patrol hours to ensure the safety of beachgoers,” said beach superintendent, Jayce Govender.

“The more advanced and updated first aid equipment is essential for improved service delivery,” he added.

Family accommodation units are all fully booked, with one or two rooms available here and there, Sapphire Coast Tourism chairperson, Kim McCarthy said.

The Sapphire Coast Committee appeals to locals and visitors to help keep our region clean and safe by each individual endeavouring to behave within the city by-laws.

“Drink responsibly, don’t drive. Enjoy colourful fireworks in a contained environment, no explosive big bangs. Refrain from tipping illegal car guards who encourage drugs, pimping, car washing and squatting and rather donate to our NGOs who are qualified to deal with these people. Work with our law enforcement to help us, don’t belittle them,” McCarthy requested.

She said KFC has collaborated with Sapphire Coast Tourism once again in sponsoring their beach activations to paint Toti’s main beach red.

“We encourage patrons to support KFC’s Add Hope campaign, helping to feed our youth. A first for Toti, is welcoming Smith’s Surf School which will be on hand to teach our physically disabled surfers and a 4x4 wheelchair is available for folk who’d like to get to the sea’s edge,” she said.

Another new addition to the Sapphire Coast Tourism programme is the “SummerSaults Waterworld” attraction, offering an alternative outlet for children on the Toti lagoon.

“They have proved hugely popular along various coastal lagoons, so we’re excited that they’ve chosen Toti this year. Strict controls will be in place to ensure that no swimming is permitted in the lagoon,” McCarthy said.

Toti’s promenade will light up on 12 December with a flea market and Aart Verrips, leading the Durban South Business Forum, switches on the meg-high Christmas tree. A similar light ceremony will be held at Winklespruit on 15 December. The promenade flea market will be back on 16 December, together with a Carols by Candle Light event around the tree.

“Other activities shared with us on the 16th is the SPCA’s fund-raiser, Christmas Wonderland, an early beach run between Winkle and Toti in tandem with a surf-ski race and a jazz festival at Mnini Dam,” McCarthy said.

She added they have heard whispers of a three-day national jet-ski and surfing competition being organised from 15 December between Inyoni Rocks and Pipeline. Further attractions include Music on the River at Lower Illovo on 18 December and Umgababa’s annual New Year’s bash, to name a few.

“A formalised programme of activations around our region will be available next week, once the go ahead from Fesmac has been received. We ask our community to email their activities toinfo@sapphire to be included in the region’s PR campaign, a complimentary service to get our Sapphire Coast festive season well supported,” McCarthy added.

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