City ready and ea­ger to wel­come its fes­tive sea­son vis­i­tors

The Mercury - - METRO -

IT’S THE time of the year our city en­joys the most. For a cou­ple of weeks, we have had our hands full pre­par­ing for the hordes of vis­i­tors who choose eThek­wini to be their home away from home for the sum­mer hol­i­days.

We can­not af­ford to dis­ap­point them and we are pulling out all the stops to en­sure that we meet all their de­mands, bear­ing in mind that they have been work­ing very hard through­out the year. Our re­spon­si­bil­ity is to en­sure that they are in for a treat fit for a king at all times they are with us.

I am pleased to an­nounce that our Fes­tive Sea­son Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (Fes­mac) has done ex­cep­tion­ally well, and it is there­fore all sys­tems go.

They have put to­gether com­pre­hen­sive plans to make all hol­i­day­mak­ers feel at home in Dur­ban. Their prepa­ra­tions in­clude the ac­ti­va­tion of the beach-buddy and child-min­ders pro­gramme.

The lat­ter is in­stru­men­tal in en­sur­ing that chil­dren who come to the beach are tagged with wrist­bands bear­ing the con­tact de­tails of their par­ents. We urge every­one to get their young ones tagged as soon as they ar­rive at the beach­front.

This com­mit­tee has also come up with a wa­ter­tight plan for traf­fic man­age­ment. Spe­cific roads lead­ing to the beach­front will be closed and cer­tain roads will be con­trolled by a boom gate manned by metro po­lice.

Minibuses are not go­ing to be al­lowed at the beach­front. There is a park-and-ride sys­tem at the Old DriveInn site, North Beach, near the old Na­tal Com­mand. Beach­go­ers will be fer­ried from the site to the beaches at 30-minute in­ter­vals daily through­out the fes­tive sea­son.

We have made avail­able in abun­dance ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties at the DriveInn site for the con­ve­nience of all our vis­i­tors ar­riv­ing in minibuses.

In our quest to keep our city clean this fes­tive sea­son, we will mo­bilise teams whose sole mis­sion will be to clean and col­lect waste. These teams will work shifts of be­tween 6am and 2.30pm, 3pm to 11pm and 10pm to 5.30am.

We’ve also brought on board 12 emerg­ing con­trac­tors to pick up lit­ter on the beaches. We are ap­peal­ing to all vis­i­tors to use the rub­bish bins that are gen­er­ously po­si­tioned all over the city to min­imise lit­ter­ing

All our vis­i­tors should note that both the metro po­lice and the SAPS have a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme of ac­tion to deal with or­gan­ised crime, petty crime and va­grancy.

Any­one found to have vi­o­lated our by-laws will be dealt with se­verely.

Vis­i­tors should rest as­sured that our goal is to en­sure that they do not fall vic­tim to crime while in our city.

Plans are on the cards to in­stall more cam­eras at the beach­front with a ded­i­cated con­trol room and rapid re­sponse. We are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing de­ploy­ing drones to aug­ment our law en­force­ment plans.

It should be noted that liquor will not be al­lowed at the beach­front. Pub­lic drink­ing is also out­lawed and any­one found to be be­hav­ing to the con­trary will face the full might of our by-laws.

eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is look­ing for­ward to host­ing you: please be a good vis­i­tor. As our vis­i­tors will be driv­ing to our city, please obey the rules of the road and do not drink and drive.

LEON LESTRADE African News Agency (ANA)

PREPA­RA­TIONS for the fes­tive sea­son in­flux of tourists to Dur­ban have gone well, ac­cord­ing to the eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s city man­ager. |

ROD SMITH [email protected]

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