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01 January 2012

SAWDIS Holiday Alert 2011/2012

Cape Town prepares for Beach Day



Cape Town metro police will be inspecting some of the Cape Peninsula's most popular beaches on New Year's Day.

Metro Chief Wayne le Roux will accompany his officers as they clamp down on the use of alcohol at bathing spots.

Metro police officers plan to inspect several beaches including Monwabisi Beach in Khayelitsha and the ever popular Camps Bay.

So far, they have confiscated over 2000 bottles of alcohol at beaches this festive season and they have also dished out about 250 fines.

Capetonians are expected to flock to the city’s beaches later.

Metro police’s Nowellyn Petersen has warned revellers they will be out in full force.

- EWN

Capetonians flock to public pools

More than 1,000 Capetonians have been waiting since the early hours of Sunday morning to cool off at Sea Point Public Swimming Pools.

Cape Town Metro Police Chief Wayne le Roux has paid the bathing spot a visit.

Although not a typically scotching summer’s day, holidaymakers have come out in their numbers.

Dozens of orange umbrellas dot the grounds as Sea Point Swimming Pools, but many more bathers are still waiting to enter the main gate.

One Joburger says he has been queuing for more than an hour and 30 minutes.

However, an elderly woman showing off her bathing suit says she did not have to wait a minute as pensioners are given preference.

Le Roux says so far no incidents have been reported and no one has been caught bringing alcohol into the bathing spot.

- EWN

Man drowns in Strand

Disaster management officials are on high alert on New Year’s Day which is traditionally the busiest beach day in the Cape.

This after a man drowned while swimming in Melkbaai Beach in Strand.

Theo Visser was swimming with his friends when he got into trouble in the surf.

It is understood the group was swimming outside the bathing area past the breakers.

Meanwhile, disaster management’s Wilfred Solomons-Johannes says already about a 1,000 people are queuing outside the Sea Point swimming pool.

“At Sea Point swimming pool over 1,000 people have been outside the swimming pool since 5:30am. We appeal to residents to adhere to the law enforcement authorities.”

- EWN

Busy day for Cape Town beaches

A man is lucky to be alive after almost drowning at Mnandi Beach near Mitchell’s Plain on Sunday.

Lifeguards rescued the 34-year-old earlier.

Paramedics say the man was swimming in an undesignated area when he got into trouble.

They treated the man on scene before rushing him to GF Jooste Hospital.

He is currently in a critical condition.

Meanwhile, volunteers from Missing Children SA have had a busy day searching for lost children.

Four children have been reported missing while two have been reunited with their families.

A week ago, 27 children were reported lost on this beach.

-EWN

3 hurt in crash caused by fireworks

Bloemfontein - Three people were injured when a bakkie hit a lamppost after a passenger was struck by fireworks from the roadside in Bloemfontein, paramedics said on Sunday.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said the bakkie was going down Pellissier Road when it passed a group of New Year's revellers on the side of the road just before midnight on Saturday.

Apparently the revellers ignited fireworks which struck one of the two passengers on the back of the bakkie. This caused the driver to lose control and hit the lamp post.

The driver was seriously injured as was the front-seat passenger, who received treatment for lacerations. The person struck by the fireworks was treated for minor burns.

Wicks said the injured were transported to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile sixteen people were injured when a minibus overturned near Margate. Eight people were seriously injured.

In Pretoria, five people were seriously injured when two cars collided on Hans Strydom drive and Disselboom road.

In a separate accident, a man was killed and another critically injured when their car rolled on Rietspruit road in Kosmosdal.


- SAPA/News24