Johannesburg aims for safe festive season

2012-12-04 18:01

Johannesburg - Measures to help ensure a safe festive season were unveiled by the City of Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.

"This year marks a new era, where we are working towards an incident-free festive season, and community involvement is critical in the realisation of this goal," the city said in a statement.

Johannesburg residents were encouraged to work with law enforcement agencies to reduce crime, accidents and by-law infringements.

"Our... [aim] is to create conscious communities who will work with the authorities to create liveable communities."

As such, the city would focus on traffic management, water safety, pedestrian safety, crime prevention and roadworthiness checks.

Given the increase in the use of fireworks around the holiday season, additional measures were in place to ensure people correctly used and stored them.

Johannesburg was also an important part of the national festive season safety campaign because much of its population had settled here from other provinces.

Therefore, it was the city's aim to inculcate a culture of responsible citizenry in residents, in the hope that they would replicate this wherever they went on holiday, to contribute to a safer country.

The city would also disseminate safety information on the dangers associated with water, in particular floods, flash floods and drowning.

Roadblocks would be intensified, and by-law enforcement would be stepped up.

"Disregard of by-laws such as illegal trading, urinating in public places, illegal dumping and littering will be tackled," the city said.

  • Jolien Richter Labuschagne - 2012-12-04 19:02

    Please ban the fireworks!! So many animals are hurt and scared.

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-12-04 22:18

      so you must urinate in public from january to november..not in december hey we arrest you yah neh.

  • jurgens.bencesnr - 2012-12-04 19:40

    Please ban roadblocks on the N12! It is just causing HUGE delays and do not do anything for road safety but to annoy drivers on their way to their families!

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-12-04 22:22

    Never mind safety in the cities. How about more visible policing on the roads leading to and from the coast? That's where most accidents happen during the festive season especially with buses and taxis and other overloaded vehicles.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-05 05:12

    Im only happy at this presence if it means them stopping these thugs breaking into peoples homes, raping them, murdering them and so on... As for the man urinating in the street. Why are you doing that in the first place?

  • adriaan.kuppens - 2012-12-05 07:52

    This is just a friendly warning from Wayne Minnaar and his hounds that they will be collecting some more private bonuses for the festive season. They need your wallet to be full when they stop you.

  • - 2012-12-05 08:03

    Why only ensure these measures near the festive time...This should be an all round thing...NOT enough loyal metro's because bribes are the most common cause of why things fall !! More should be taken into account....

  • mpho.e.mogashui - 2012-12-05 09:55

    ban roadblocks on major highways, it causes delays and leads to speeding from thereon coz they would wanna make up for lost time

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