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09 December 2011

SAWDIS HOLIDAY ALERT 2011/2012

Durban: Festive season safety plans in place

A bumper festive season is expected in Durban, with activities planned throughout the city.

EThekwini Speaker Logie Naidoo says activities have been planned from Umhlanga to Umkomaas from tomorrow until January 20.

He says plans with Metro Police, lifeguards and child minders are in place to ensure the beachfront promenade is conducive to safe recreation and business.

Despite the festive atmosphere, he has warned holidaymakers to remain within the boundaries of the law.

"Metro police together with Saps are all on duty during this period, and the streets will be manned, there will be a lot of roadblocks, and we are encouraging our citizens not to drink and drive," he said.

Naidoo says the 2011 season will be good for the local economy on the back of the 2010 Soccer World Cup and the COP 17 climate change talks.

- East Coast Radio

Mossel Bay: Blue Flag beaches in full swing

MOSSEL BAY NEWS - Mossel Bay’s two Blue Flag beaches, Santos and Hartenbos, are in full swing for the summer season again and both have drawn large numbers of visitors since 1 December 2011 when the Blue Flag season opened.

The season opened with the hoisting of a Blue Flag above Santos Beach by the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira, last Thursday. This is the third Blue Flag season for Santos and Hartenbos. The beaches are operated as Blue Flag beaches from 09:00 to 17:00 every day.

The full range of Blue Flag services, such as lifesavers, cleaning services and other activities are only offered between these hours. Because of the high cost and logistics involved, beaches are generally operated as Blue Flag beaches for a limited season.

The majority of South Africa’s approximately 30 Blue Flag beaches are operated as such for only two to three months per year.

- Mossel Bay Advertiser

Mossel Bay Lifeguards Ready For The Season


No less than 31 new qualified lifeguards from the Mossel Bay Surf Lifesaving Academy completed their training this week.

Inset: Lifeguards will be on duty at most beaches in Mossel Bay and surrounding areas as of 10 December.
These lifeguards have been undergoing rigorous training since the beginning of 2011.

Lifeguards will be on duty at most beaches in Mossel Bay and surrounding areas as of 10 December.

- Mossel Bay Advertiser

Thousands nabbed in KZN roadblocks

More than 10 000 motorists have been charged with committing offences on the province's roads since the beginning of the month.

KZN traffic officials have have stopped and checked over 45 000 vehicles in the first week of December.

140 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, while 4 000 people were caught driving without a seat belt.

Officials are stepping up road safety efforts ahead of the busy festive season.

The Transport Department's Kwanele Ncalane says they are disappointed that so many motorists are still flouting road laws.

"We are now conducting road blocks in various strategic areas where we know that - as we begin the festive season - people enjoy themselves at the expense of other peoples' lives," he said.

"We will continue to make sure that law enforcement is maximised on the roads."

- East Coast Radio