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19 December 2011

SAWDIS Holiday Alert 2011/2012

Gauteng fuel shortage confirmed

Oil company Shell on Monday confirmed there was a fuel shortage in Gauteng.

On Friday, the company was forced to temporarily shut down one of its depots in Alrode after an oil leak.

Meanwhile, several service stations across the province have run dry.

One woman said she was battling to find fuel.

“There is no petrol at the Sasol in Weltevreden Park and last week, there was no petrol at any of the Randpark Ridge stations,” she said.

In a statement released by Shell, the problem will be resolved soon.


Holidaymakers blockade beach

ISimangaliso Wetland Park officials in northern KZN are considering taking criminal action against a group of people who blocked access to Sodwana Bay Beach.

The visitors, who are staying at campsites in a section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, used their vehicles to block a route between the camping grounds and the beach for around seven hours yesterday.

They were demanding that the number of permits for beach parking be increased from the current limit of 200.

The police were called in and the blockade was cleared.

ISimangaliso's Terry Castis says their behaviour is unacceptable. She says they advised holidaymakers at the start of the festive-season that beach parking permits would be issued on a first-come first-serve basis.

"We would like to urge visitors to please comply with the rules. Selfish behaviour like that really makes it uncomfortable for other people who are happy to comply, and it ruins their holiday. We would like to apologise to the other visitors for the inconvenience."

- East Coast Radio

Heavy police presence at Durban beachfront

Durban residents and tourists at the beachfront say the heavy police presence means they can enjoy themselves without concern for their safety.

Several officers were patrolling the promenade on Sunday, on foot and on horseback, stopping to allow children and adults alike to pet their mounts.

Smangele Ngema, of Reservoir Hills, said the beachfront was clean and commended the municipality for extending the promenade.

“The beachfront is more spacious now and there is a heavy police presence, which makes you feel safe,” she said.

Photographer Vusi Qwabe said business was booming.

“This time of year is very busy for me because I work until late in the evening,” he said.

Nonzwaka Shezi said the provision of identification bracelets for children was a “great idea” because it made it easier to find children who became separated from their parents.

“It’s a wonderful initiative because you are able to write your contact number on your child’s bracelet using a permanent marker so it does not wash off when your child swims,” she said.

Four gazebos marked “separated children” have been placed along the beachfront, where lost children are kept until claimed. By 1pm yesterday child minders had reunited seven lost children with their parents and four were waiting to be claimed.

The chairman of the city’s festive season management committee, Christo Swart, warned revellers not to bring alcohol to the beach, because it would be confiscated by the police. “Bottles and alcohol are strictly prohibited from the beach,” he said.

Metro police Senior Superintendent Eugene Msomi said 75 people had been arrested for drunk driving at roadblocks held on Florida Road and on the M4 on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Transport Department spokesman Kwanele Ncalane said that traffic had entered Durban at the rate of more than 1 000 vehicles an hour at the Mariannhill toll plaza on Friday and Saturday, but had slowed down yesterday.

“We expect the traffic to build up towards the weekend,” said Ncalane.