The home to five blue flag beaches, the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM), said it is ready to welcome tourists on the South Coast for the festive season.
RNM spokesperson Simon April said they are expecting an increased number of visitors and they have prepared a plan to accommodate this.
“Prior to each holiday period, the municipality adopts a plan which seeks to co-ordinate its activities and provision of services to meet the demands of the holiday season,” said April, adding that the plan focuses on traffic management, beach facilities, bylaw enforcement, maintaining the requisite cleanliness through regular refuse upliftment and verge maintenance.
“We also strive to ensure that our infrastructure such as roads and electricity is not compromised,” said April.
The municipality, which has 16 other beaches, said it will have lifeguards posted during the holiday season when there is an increase in beachgoers.
The South Coast, aka “Golf Coast”, also boasts world class diving sites, incredible nature reserves, outdoor activities, heritage sites and world-class accommodation.
Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) CEO Phelisa Mangcu, who refers to the South Coast as a “Safecation” destination due to its numerous nature-based activities and outdoor tourist attractions, said they are confident there will be a big influx of visitors.
“The South Coast is known as a well-loved family destination and extremely good value for money. Based on the September figures, we had an 80% occupancy rate and even now a number of our establishments have reported positively about their bookings. Some have had 100% occupancy at this stage, we are expecting a further increase in the coming week or two,” said Mangcu.
Furthermore, Mangcu said South Coast events that might boost tourism include this year’s Tennis South Africa Seniors Tour, a national tennis contest open to local and international participants aged 30 years and older, taking place from December 10 to December 13.
Also, she said there are fun beach activities lined up for the whole family to enjoy that will take place at key beaches.
Letting agent Colin Dugmore of U-Stay South Coast said holiday accommodation bookings are going well so far.
“It does appear that people are a bit more price conscious this year, but I am hopeful of a good festive season,” said Dugmore.
The home of adventure and overcoming fears, Lake Eland, which has ziplines and scooter tours, said although bookings are coming in slower than last year, they are still expecting a lot of tourists.
Roané Pretorius of Lake Eland said they are thankful for each booking and they plan to have a great time with their guests.
Travel agent Mzolisi Madikizela of Voli Travels said his schedule looks busy with confirmed bookings.
“As we start December, I’ll be doing a four-day hike with a group of runners from the North Coast. We also have planned one-day hikes and two days hiking where KwaZulu-Natal meets Eastern Cape,” said Madikizela.
Although Ugu’s water supply situation is a known challenge, USCT said the municipality will deal with the matter as swiftly as possible when outages occur, adding that establishments have also been encouraged to put measures in place to assist them and their visitors with this.
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