eThekwini mayor Kaunda’s holiday caution

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Mxolisi Kaunda.
Mxolisi Kaunda.

Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has appealed to eThekwini residents and visitors to behave responsibly during this festive season

His call came yesterday as the city prepared to welcome thousands of holidaymakers who will be spending the festive season in Durban. It also follows the drowning of three people at various city beaches. 

On Wednesday eThekwini said circumstances surrounding the drownings are being investigated but all three were discovered outside of designated bathing times and at non-bathing beaches.

“Law enforcement is taking a zero-tolerance approach to drinking and driving and to public drinking. Vehicles will be searched for alcohol in beach areas.”
Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda.

Kaunda said law enforcement, together with various municipal departments, are out in full force to ensure the safety of the public during this period.

“We appeal to the public and to our visitors on the beach and in other places to co-operate with the police, municipal staff and lifeguards to ensure their safety,” he said.

The public is also urged to only swim in designated bathing beaches, as these have lifeguards.

“This ensures that emergency assistance is readily available, should anyone get into any difficulty,” said Kaunda.

He emphasised that swimming while under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Parents who are planning to visit the city’s beaches are urged to ensure children are tagged with wristbands that contain their contact details. This is so they can be easily re-united should they become separated.

109 children lost and found

Over the past weekend 109 children were separated from their families, but all of them were subsequently re-united.

Childminders and beach buddies are situated at various beaches alongside tents for separated children. They are based at Addington Beach, South Beach, Wedge Beach, in between the North and Bay beaches lawns, Battery Beach and Laguna Beach. A similar service is also provided at the drive-in site where the park and ride service is located. There are also childminders at Toti Beach.

Kaunda said eThekwini has a traffic management plan to ensure the smooth flow of traffic and efficient access control during the festive period, particularly in areas that are prone to congestion.

“Law enforcement is taking a zero-tolerance approach to drinking and driving and to public drinking. Vehicles will be searched for alcohol in beach areas,” he said.

Law enforcement will also strictly enforce observance of the curfew and no one is allowed to sleep overnight in public areas, buses, taxis and cars.

 “Our safety measures are in place to ensure that everyone enjoys the festive season while staying safe, they are not meant to dampen the festive spirit, so we appeal to the public to co-operate with all our law enforcing agencies and other staff,” said Kaunda.

Incidents, complaints, or any matter that needs urgent attention can be reported on 031 361 0000.

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