Plett community ensures safe beaches during school break
“Plett Watch started a drive to raise the necessary funds”
Holidaymakers and residents enjoyed an incident-free time on Plettenberg Bay’s beaches during the second week of the school holidays, after the community banded together to man the town’s main beaches with lifeguards.
The town’s beaches are not manned during off-season, which stretches until November 1, but following several sea emergencies during the first week, which included the death of a beachgoer, the local community raised enough funds to have lifeguards on the town’s most popular swimming beaches.
Plett Watch started a drive to raise the necessary funds to have lifeguards on main beaches for the remainder of the school holidays. Marius Venter of Plett Watch, which started the drive to raise the funds, said that within 24 hours they had raised more than R11 000 to employ six lifeguards on Central, Robberg and Lookout beaches.
“The lifeguards reported for duty the following day and we are happy to report that there were no incidents on the town’s beaches during the last week of the school holidays,” Venter said.
He thanked every individual who contributed to the drive including Neville Petersen from the local ratepayers' association, Lisa Nagel from Plett Watch, Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA) patrollers, the PBCPA Rapid Response team, Alison Bryant from Keep Plett Clean and local Johnny Prince.
“Last but not least we would like to thank all the lifeguards that were not officially on duty, but were on the beach to help whenever it was needed. You are all superstars.”
Bitou Municipality also fixed all the broken lights on Main Beach.
“It is truly inspiring to see everyone come together like this and to see the impact it can have on a community,” Venter concluded.
From left: Musa Kitsi, Sibusiso Skosana and Byron Gorridon reported for duty on Plettenberg Bay’s main beaches during the last week of the school holidays after the community raised funds to have the beaches manned.