Rest assured, safety will come first this summer, whether you’ll be stretched out on a beach, sightseeing in a double-decker or in search of last minute Christmas presents.
Thanks to careful planning by the local powers-that-be, the Mother City seems to be ready for the masses!
“The annual influx of locals and visitors require careful planning and close co-operation between all the authorities involved”, says mayor Patricia de Lille. Not only have members of emergency services receive additional training by experts from the international Incident Command System but has the City of Cape Town also increased the amount of law enforcement and other officers.
Apart from the almost 1450 Metro Police, law enforcement and traffic officers on patrol, 900 fire-fighters will also be on standby. Beaches of course will not for forgotten with 250 lifeguards rotating shifts. For those who cannot get to a beach or who may just be a little afraid to stick a toe in the icy Atlantic waters, relief is at hand in the form of spray parks! (These will be erected in Ocean View, Scottsville, Khayelitsha and Nyanga.)
Keeping the city clean amid all the festive cheer is another priority with an additional almost 1900 temporary staff members to lend a hand to the existing cleaning services.
“I believe our Festive Season Readiness Plan will promote a safe, clean and enjoyable experience for all visitors and residents in Cape Town during the festive season”, says De Lille.