EThekwini law enforcement officers were out in full force during the Easter Holidays to ensure that tourists and residents alike enjoyed a bumper holiday in Durban. Thousands of tourists flocked to the City to spend time with family and friends while enjoying the long weekend.
As part of the City’s safety and transport management plan, law enforcement officers ensured that motorists abide by the rules of the road and that those enjoying themselves at our various recreational facilities, do so within the ambits of the law.
Roadblocks were held in various parts of the Municipal area. Approximately 266 motorists were arrested for drunken driving, those fined for over-speeding were 15 583 and other traffic infringements totaled 5 045. No major accidents were reported within the Municipal area.
Preliminary and projected figures indicate that 360 000 tourists came to our shores. Direct spend was R870 million contributing R1.5 billion to the City’s coffers. This in turn created/sustained 3 100 jobs in the tourism sector.
The average hotel occupancy was 70 percent. The projected figures are from 1 April to 1 May 2017 – which includes the school holidays and the two long weekends.
Over 400 000 patrons visited our beaches. Although the beaches were packed, bathers were generally well-behaved. No drownings were reported.
Some of the City’s draw card events which resulted in visitor arrivals were the Hare Krishna Festival, Nickelodeon Slime Fest and the Durban Picnic Day. There were also several music concerts staged at various sites around the City.
Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer commended all the security and emergency services for doing a wonderful job over the weekend. “Indeed it was a hectic long weekend with people gradually coming in and out of the City.”
She noted that although there was a decrease in fatalities during the Easter Holiday, a lot still needs to be done to ensure that all road users reach their destinations safely. “We appeal to all motorists to exercise extreme caution while travelling on the road, fasten your seatbelts, do not drive under the influence of alcohol, ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and be patient with other road users,” added Councillor Peer.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.