WITH a hectic long weekend having gone by, all South Coast roads were very busy as visitors, patrons, motorists and bikers headed to the South Coast Bike Festival in Margate.
Police spokesperson captain
Gerald Mfeka said that for the police it was a normal weekend and not as many incidents were reported.
“We had deployed police in most of the areas and the situation was under control,” said Mfeka.
Ray Nkonyeni Mayor Councillor Nomusa Mqwebu said that this years festival was magnificent, celebrating the diverse cultures and unification of communities through outdoor activities and family-friendly entertainment.
Mqwebu said that the overall feedback about both the event and the South Coast region was overwhelmingly positive, with many visitors extending their stay for the entire long weekend. “Events such as these are a really great economic boost for the South Coast and we looking forward to another well-planned South Coast Bike Festival next year.”
Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO,
Justin Mackrory said the event was much better in terms of biker attendance.
“For the first time in five years bikes were double and triple parked in the precinct which suggests that there was well in excess of the approximately
4 000 online pre-registrations from the biking fraternity. On Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, the main entertainment arena had better day and evening attendances than in 2017.”
Mackrory said that local hospitality and retail businesses certainly had a spike in their revenues and accommodation was full.
“On Saturday night we were getting enquiries from people desperate to find vacant beds in the greater Margate area,” said Mackrory.
KwaZulu Private Ambulance spokesperson Belinda Catchpole said paramedics attended to a number of calls.
“ On Thursday afternoon just before 4 pm, we responded to an accident on Erasmus Road in Margate. Fortunately there were no serious injuries reported.
“At the same time on Friday afternoon we responded to another accident on the P200 near Gamalakhe where one person was transported to hospital.
“An hour later we responded to the N2, Boboyi for another accident between a light motor vehicle and a bakkie. One person with moderate injuries was treated and transported to hospital.
“Also on Friday around 6.30 pm we were re-routed to the R61 in Marina Beach where a pedestrian was knocked down, he was transported to hospital in a stable condition.
Another pedestrian was knocked over on the R61 in Ramsgate just before midnight. This time the patient was in a critical condition and transported to hospital under care of Advanced Life Support.”
Catchpole said that one of their vehicles attended to another accident at the Seaslopes robots where a motorbike driver hit a pothole and fell, sustaining minor injuries.
“On Saturday around 7.40 am a pedestrian was injured on the R61 in Port Edward. He was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition. In the evening around 7.20 pm we received a call after a pedestrian was knocked down, near the Uvongo Cemetery. The patient was stabilised and transported to hospital in a stable condition.
“On Sunday morning a light motor vehicle crashed into the bike week entrance post. Only the passenger in the vehicle was injured, stabilised and transported to hospital. The driver did not sustain any injuries.
“On Sunday afternoon on the Oribi Gorge Road, near Murchison, a biker sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital. While handing the patient over at hospital, another report for an accident on the N2 in Paddock was received. Fortunately there were no serious injuries reported at this one.
“Sadly, a pedestrian who was knocked down on the N2 in Murchison was declared dead at the scene of the accident,” said Catchpole.