Sun, sea and safety draw festive crowd
No incidents on busy city beaches
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.
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.
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.