the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality have lauded the recent summer season a success, attributing the improvement to inter-departmental cooperation and delivering on its core functions.
During the summer season period, 27 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, 61 893 speeding offences were recorded, 236 warrants of arrest were executed and outstanding fines to the value of R246 100 were collected.
The Opening of the Season and New Year’s Eve respectively saw 170 000 and 300 000 people visiting the city’s beaches.
“Excellent coordination and cooperation between departments, community safety buy-in from residents and tourists meant that not a single major incident was recorded during this time,” said Executive Mayor Athol Trollip.
Trollip pointed out that this was the first holiday season in many years where not a single drowning occurred. He said life savers and beach officials having carried out 69 successful rescue callouts on our city’s
“We were able to halve road fatalities to 5 people in comparison to the same time a year ago. The untimely loss of these people is a tragedy, yet I am encouraged by the downward trend of these figures. I would like to see this trend continue so that one year, not long from now, we can announce zero drownings and zero road fatalities,” said Trollip.
Trollip said he was confident that recently implemented and stricter law enforcement measures, such as frequent road blocks, had already slowly begun to undo the culture of lawlessness.
“As such, the city’s roads and beaches are becoming safer, anti-social behaviour is being monitored and reduced, which is precisely the sort of change that this government promised when it took office in August 2016,” he said.