City of Cape Town launches safety plan ahead of festive season

2017-12-01 12:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - As the Mother City gets ready for the festive season, the City of Cape Town has released its public safety operational plan for the holidays.

The plan is designed to ensure public safety over the December and January holiday period and it includes roadblocks, roaming vehicle checkpoints and increased law enforcement at public spaces.

As part of the initiative, road and beach safety are two of the main focus areas.

“This time of the year is known as the silly season and sadly the silliness of some can have devastating consequences for themselves and others," says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

"I’m particularly concerned about the behaviour on our beaches as it relates to alcohol abuse, drowning incidents and missing children." 

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The plan also outlines the roles and responsibilities of a number of other City departments that play a crucial role in ensuring that the festive season runs smoothly in terms of service delivery, in line with the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan.

Smith says the City has invested much thought into its festive season plan to ensure that it is ready for any eventuality.

"This year, we have also had to consider contingency plans to accommodate the drought crisis and its impact on our normal operations," he says, adding that there will be one-third of all swimming pools open and the number of beach lifeguards in anticipation has been increased.

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Smith explains that drafting and implementing a plan of this magnitude is not easy and that it couldn't be done without the cooperation and support of the public. 

"Ultimately, every person is responsible for their own safety and so we urge the public to be mindful of their behaviour, act responsibly, and do their bit to make the festive season memorable," he says. 

Added to this, Smith warns motorists and the public that the City will be ramping up interventions even more for the duration of the festive season.

"While I am hopeful things will be different this time around, I suspect our pound will once again be overflowing by the time the new year arrives," he adds. 

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