MEDIA RELEASE: Holiday Season in Mossel Bay
The festive season is officially here and to ensure everyone has a safe and memorable festive season along our shores, we urge all to take care and note some safety and holiday tips and arrangements by the Mossel Bay Municipality and various other important role players.
As you switch off for a well-deserved holiday to revitalize your mind, body and soul, be sure to do so safely and responsibly and always be vigilant of your surrounds. Mossel Bay Municipality will be operational during the festive season period to ensure continued service delivery and will meet daily with the various role players in Mossel Bay to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to our shores.
The Municipal Call Centre will be operational and all service delivery matters can be reported to (044) 606-5000.
BLUE FLAG BEACHES
The coveted WESSA Blue Flag will officially fly high at some of the most idyllic Mossel Bay beaches during the official 2018/19 Blue Flag season from today, 7 December 2018, to 13 January 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 daily.
Four beaches were awarded Blue Flag status for the 2018/19 season from 14 December 2018 - 13 January 2019 during the national Blue Flag launch event that was hosted in Mossel Bay recently. Santos, De Bakke, Hartenbos and Little Brak (River) Beaches were awarded Blue Flag status, while Glentana Beach obtained Blue Flag pilot status.
Where the Blue Flag is displayed, it means beachgoers can expect lifeguards to be on duty throughout the season, excellent water quality and facilities, accessibility for all, with emphasis on safety, security and environmental education.
However, it should be noted that all the beaches in the Mossel Bay Municipal area will still be operated according to Blue Flag requirements and the same excellent services can be expected at all of them.
The water quality of, among other, the Hartenbos River and beach will continuously be monitored to ensure Blue Flag status quality at all beaches in the Mossel Bay municipal area.
Lifeguards were deployed since 1 December 2018 on most of the 23 beaches in the Mossel Bay municipal area. As from 8 December there will be lifeguards on all 23 beaches, with the highest number of 142 lifeguards on duty on New Year’s Day. There will be lifeguards at all 23 beaches until 6 January 2019 and at the Blue Flag beaches until 13 January 2019.
Mossel Bay Traffic Services will be actively patrolling all municipal areas over the festive season with regular roadblocks to be set up at various strategic points in and around Mossel Bay. We appeal to motorists and road users to always obey all road and traffic rules and to exercise patience during peak traffic, especially during the busy holiday period.
ACCESS AND POINT CONTROL
Point patrols will take place from 13 December 2018 until 5 January 2019 from 08:00 – 18:00 at various points in/at among other: Santos Beach, De Bakke Beach, strategic points along Louis Fourie Road, Hartenbos, Great Brak River and the Heiderand area.
Access control will also take place at various parking areas from 14 December 2018 until 6 January 2019 daily: De Bakke parking from 09:00 – 24:00; Santos parking 09:00 – 19:00; Diaz Beach parking from 09:00 – 19:00; Suiderkruis day camp site from 09:00 – 22:00.
All traffic and law enforcement officers available will be utilised and will be assisted with additional contracted security guards at the Blue Flag as well as some of the other beaches as well as beach guards that patrol a number of beaches. Neighbourhood Watches, Community Police Forums as well as the SAPS also work closely with the Municipality with regards to Community Safety.
Point patrols will also take place from 14 December 2018 until 6 January 2019 from 10:00 – 18:00 daily, at all of the above-mentioned beaches as well as at Boggombaai Beach, Dana Bay, Blue Waters (Diaz Beach) and Glentana Beach. New Year’s Eve patrols will take place on 31 December and 1 January from 19:00 – 24:00 in the Tergniet / Fraaiuitsig area, Santos Beach and Little Brak River. Point controls will also be held at the entrances to Santos Beach and De Bakke Beach, as well as at Majuba Street (c/o Paardekraal and Port Natal Avenues) on 31 December from 19:00 – 24:00.
For the first time horse patrols will also be conducted on Saturdays between Santos Beach and De Bakke and the Police will be patrolling on quad bikes.
During the period of 1 December until 31 January annually, dog-owners can walk their dogs on the following beaches on the demarcated areas between 05:00 – 08:00 and 18:00 – 20:00: Diaz Beach between the estuary and Bayview; Hartenbos between the river mouth; Little Brak River excluding the Blue Flag Beach between the river mouth and the northern boundary of the parking lot; Reebok / Tergniet; Dana Bay between First and Second Beach; and Souwesia.
Mossel Bay Municipality prohibits the discharge of any fireworks in its municipal jurisdiction. Fireworks may ONLY be discharged where permission was granted by means of an application and the Municipality granted a designated area therefore. Residents and visitors are encouraged to adhere to this regulation to avoid prosecution.
The Municipal Call Centre will be active during the festive season. Report any service delivery issues and emergencies to (044) 606-5000 or send an SMS to 44802. We appeal to the public to keep in mind that the Call Centre might sometimes experience high call volumes, especially during a crisis. A Call Centre agent will, however, attend to your call as soon as possible.
Although not as hard hit by the drought as the rest of the Province, Mossel Bay has implemented a 10% voluntary water restriction as precautionary measure to save water. We urge residents and visitors to use water sparingly and responsibly during the festive season and beyond.
Report any water related service delivery issues to the Technical Department on (044) 606-5000 / 5282 / 5262.
ROAD SAFETY TIPS
All road users must take care and obey all road and traffic rules and regulations to ensure the safety of all road users, especially pedestrians:
- Always obey all road signs / traffic rules
- Always keep a safe distance
- Avoid driving too close to cyclists
- Always make sure it is safe before crossing a street
- Always cross a street at a pedestrian crossing
- Make sure to treat any traffic light as a 4-way stop during load shedding / power outages
- Avoid drinking and driving; if you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, you will have a criminal record that might adversely affect you in future
- Pedestrians should always be vigilant of oncoming traffic
- Motorists too, especially in areas where there is a high volume of pedestrians.
Starting today, Mossel Bay Municipality will be meeting daily with all role players, including SAPS, Neighbourhood Watches, Mossel Bay Tourism and other tourism-related role players, and more to ensure optimal service delivery standards during the festive and to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to Mosel Bay alike.
For more information, contact Mossel Bay Municipality on (044) 606-5000, SMS to 44802 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For emergencies, contact the Mossel Bay Fire & Rescue Services on (044) 691-3722.