With the many people preparing for the beginning of the new year at work and school, the Festive Season Management Committee has noted a decline in the number of visitors to the beaches and surrounding areas with less activity being recorded.
Approximately 276 770 people visited the beaches since the beginning of the week (02 January to 05 January 2017). Approximately 119 Rescues were carried out and 152 people received first aid treatment. About 14 arrests were made in connection to numerous criminal activities including theft, harassment and public drinking. No drowning was reported.
Children issued with identification armbands were 30 846. Approximately 176 children were separated from their guardians, but were later reunited with their families.
The Chairperson of the Festive Season Management Committee, Sibusiso Mkhwanazi, said that the number of people at the beaches was expected to pick up over the coming weekend, as people would come to have one last splash on the waves before starting the school year.
He said that all safety and security plans were still in place and people are urged to co-operate with law enforcement officers and adhere to all Municipal by-laws.
Although some areas leading up to the beachfront will remain closed until the festive season is officially over, roads that are boom-gate controlled have now been opened for the general public to access.