Sun, sea and safety draw fes­tive crowd

No in­ci­dents on busy city beaches

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - WEEKEND AR­GUS RE­PORTERS

THE CITY of Cape Town was pat­ting it­self on the back yes­ter­day af­ter Box­ing Day – tra­di­tion­ally one of the busiest days on Cape Town’s beaches – ended with no drown­ings and no vi­o­lent in­ci­dents.

Richard Bos­man, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Safety and Se­cu­rity, said the re­sult demon­strated that the city’s in­ter­ven­tions were “hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect with re­gards to keep­ing our beaches safer for users”.

Since De­cem­ber 1, more than 2 500 bot­tles of al­co­hol had been con­fis­cated from visi­tors to the city’s beaches.

“As al­co­hol is one of the lead­ing causes of drown­ing, we be­lieve that the re­moval of al­co­hol has been a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in im­prov­ing the safety at beaches,” Bos­man added.

On Box­ing Day alone, an es­ti­mated 1 000 bot­tles of booze were con­fis­cated, in­clud­ing from peo­ple try­ing to hide al­co­hol in plas­tic bot­tles and other con­tain­ers.

The city has a by-law pro­hibit­ing the in­tro­duc­tion, pos­ses­sion and con­sump­tion of liquor on beaches.

Of­fend­ers face hav­ing their liquor con­fis­cated, and re­ceive a writ­ten no­tice to ap­pear in court, with a fine of R500.

Bos­man thanked the Metro Po­lice and Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cers, as well as Cape Town Traf­fic Ser­vices, and also praised the ef­forts of the life­guards at city beaches, and the NSRI, for help­ing make the beaches safer.

“Res­i­dents and visi­tors can rest as­sured that we will step up our ef­forts in the lead-up to New Year’s Day, which is ar­guably the busiest day on the city’s beaches,” he said.

PIC­TURE: ADRIAN DE KOCK

LIFE’S A BEACH: Beach­go­ers en­joy the per­fect weather on Clifton beach yes­ter­day. In­creased safety ef­forts by the city en­sured not a sin­gle drown­ing on Box­ing Day.

PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS

FUN ‘N GAMES: En­joy­ing some fun in the sun at Muizen­berg beach yes­ter­day is Nosiphiwe Ty­halithi, 21, who tries to avoid her splash­ing sis­ter Nansy Ty­halithi, 33.

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