27 December Safety in BCM Beaches December 27, 2017 By Tabisa Mntengwana Latest News 0 On an annual basis, preparations as the City are put in place for the Festive Season to prepare and manage the influx of public to the various Beaches and Amenities. Presently these sections include the Public Beaches and associated tidal pools, Public swimming beaches, picnic areas and related public open spaces including the Orient Beach and Waterworld Pay Complexes. Areas of Operation: · Gonubie Main Beach and River Mouth · Gonubie Tidal Pool through the Point to the end of Ocean Way · Queenera Picnic Site, Bonza Bay Beach, Lagoon and Picnic Area · Nahoon Main Beach, River Mouth and Blue Lagoon area · Nahoon Reef and Corner · Eastern Beach and Little Mauritius · Orient Pay Beach and Esplanade · Waterworld Complex · Western Seafront Tidal Pools (Rifle Range and Leaches Bay) · Hickman’s River Mouth Repairs and Maintenance underway include: · General Repairs will be done by the Beaches Handyman · Hire of Chemical Toilets (Informal Tender) · Repairs to Boardwalks at Bonza bay, Gonubie, · Remove and Replace Windows and install Burglar bars at Orient Main Entrance · Repairs and painting at Eastern Beach Lifeguard building · Multiple Repairs to Orient Beach Lifeguard Room, Supervisors Office and · Males Change Room. · Electrical Repairs at Orient Quanza Plant Room · Grouting of Paddling Pool · Replacement of butterfly Valves and Associated Filtration equipment · Service and Supply of Pumps and Motors at paddling Pool Season Dates: 9 December 2017 – 4 January 2018 Our teams will be operational in all BCM sanctioned events that will be taking place within the City. We will be implementing strict security measures. We will also be enforcing the Bylaw on noise and event organisers will be expected to have sound engineers and hotline contact numbers for complaints around noise nuisance and other disturbances. SEASONAL STAFFING: In terms of staffing personnel relating to cleaning we have an additional 26 EPWP Project Staff who will be in operation from 10/12/2017 - 29/01/2018. This is over and above the cleaning staff and supervisor members working for The Coast/ project staff. In terms of staffing personnel relating to beach swimming safety, we have employed a total of 36 life guards who will be operating for an 8 week period between 9/12/2017 - 31/01/2018. AREAS COVERED BY BEACHES DURING SEASON: · Gonubie Main Beach and River Mouth · Gonubie Tidal Pool through Point to Black Rock · Black Rock through to German Bay · Quinera and Lagoon Mouth · Bonza Bay Main Beach and Picnic site · Bonza Bay to Nahoon River Mouth · Nahoon Main Beach through Nahoon Corner to Nahoon Reef · Eastern Beach and Blind (Inyana) River Mouth · Marina Glen (Ebuhlanti)and Little Mauritius · Esplanade through to Orient Beach Complex · Western Seafront from Fullers bay through Rifle Range Tidal Pool to Water world · Leaches Bay to Hickman’s River Mouth and Beach · Igoda Beach (Lifesaving only) · Kidd’s Beach Main Beach(Lifesaving only) · Kaiser’s Main Beach(Lifesaving only) · Waterworld (9.00am – 18h00pm daily) LIFESAVING OPERATING TIMES: NORMAL OPERATING TIMES 08:30-17:00 Gonubie, Bonza Bay, Nahoon, Eastern Beach, Orient Complex and Waterworld Complex (1 September 2017 to 8 December 2018) PEAK SEASON OPERATIONAL TIMES 07:00-18:00 Gonubie beach, Bonza Bay Beach, Nahoon Beach, Eastern Beach, Orient complex and Waterworld Complex and Tidal Pool (09 December to 31 December 2018) NEW YEAR’S DAY 2018 OPERATIONAL TIMES: (SHIFTS) 09:00-17:00 Hickman’s River, Leaches Bay, Igoda, Kidds Beach (Lifesaving Services only from 09 December 2017 to 03 January2018) 04:30-20:00 Eastern Beach (New Year’s weekend 1 January2018) 05:00-20:00 Orient Complex and Waterworld Complex (New Year’s 1 January 2018) 07:00-19:00 Gonubie, Bonza Bay, Nahoon, Leeches Bay, Hickmans River, Igoda, Kidds beach (New Year’s weekend 1-3 January 2018 Public Swimming Beaches Covered by Lifeguards includes: Beach No: of Lifeguards 1. Gonubie Main Beach and River Mouth 6 2. Bonza Bay and Lagoon 6 3. Nahoon Main Beach 6 4. Eastern Beach 6 5. Orient Pools and Beach 8 6. Waterworld complex 3 7. Western Seafront Rifle Range Pool 3 8. Leaches Bay Tidal Pool 3 9. Kidd’s Beach 3 10. Hickman’s River and Beach 2 11. Igoda Beach 2 NB: The Lifeguards roster is subject to the availability of sufficient lifeguards, and is therefore subject to change. PORTABLE ABLUTIONS: The above is subject to procurement processes being executed on good time and or use of annual contractors SAFETY: We have launched our festive season campaign Ska bapha Chance: Be responsible, we need you in 2018. This includes roadblocks and our state of the art ticket reading bus systems. Our R16 million “big brother” camera surveillance projected which began in May 2016 will also be in action. This is to enable Buffalo City Metro to become a smart, a safe and secured City for tourists and potential investors which in turn would promote investment and Local Economic Development, and also to ensure safety of BCM citizens within the Central Business District (CBD), another reason is to monitor and control traffic as well as crime monitoring too and lastly to just monitor the City as a whole in general.” The various areas with cameras in the City include: ·Frere Hospital Amalinda Main Road ·Corner Amalinda Main Road & Oxford Street ·Corner Lukin Road & Oxford Street ·Corner St Georges & Oxford Street ·Corner St Peters & Oxford Street ·Corner Kimberley Road & Oxford Street ·Corner Park Avenue & Oxford Street ·Corner Park Avenue & Buffalo Street ·Corner Park Avenue & Beaconsfield Road ·Corner Beaconsfield Road and St John Road ·Corner Douglas Smith Highway & Black Road ·Corner Douglas Smith Highway & Parkridge Road ·Duncan Village Community Hall - Mdantsane Highway taxi rank - Esplanade This will be assisting our joint operations centre which will be led by SAPS comprising of traffic, environment, fire and disaster management services. We will be having a total additional 770 marshals/ beach steward added as part of the new years plan from the 20 December 2017 TO 03 January 2018. The Esplanade will have a total of 20 marshals daily and everyday there will be a total of 40 deployed around all beaches. Harsh weather conditions will also determine deployment. Our Agency, the BCMDA will also be hiring additional green peace officers to be deployed along the beachfront and an announcement on this will be made next week. REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE Repairs and maintenance will be carried out at the following beaches as listed below: BEACHES REPAIRS /MAINTENANCE TO BE UNDERTAKEN 1. Gonubie Beach Maintenance and replace broken window pane and outside showe. 2. Gonubie tidal pool toilets Repairs and Service of Toilets 3. Gonubie boarwalk and Ocean Way Board Repairs and revamp upgrading of boardwalk, 4. Quenera Lagoon Toilets Service and repairs 5. Bonza Bay Main Ablutions Repairs and Service of Toilets 6. Bonza bay Picnic Area Repairs and Service of Toilets BEACHES REPAIRS /MAINTENANCE TO BE UNDERTAKEN COMMENTS/ PROGRESS 7. Bonza Bay Carpark toilets and carpark area Repairs and Service of Toilets 8. Bonza Bay Boarwalk Repairs to Boardwalk Finalising informal tender for service provider 9. Nahoon Main Beach Revamp of toilets 10.Nahoon Corner Revamp of toilets 11.Nahoon Reef Revamp of toilets 12.Little Mauritius Revamp of toilets Finalising informal tender for service provider 13.Marina Glen Revamp of toilets Finalising informal tender for service provider 14.Eastern Beach Ablutions Service and repairs to toilets In-house 15.Orient Complex Service and repairs to toilets Painting and Service of paddling Pools pumps and motors Inhouse Motors were damaged by high seas and is currently with service provider appointed by insurance 16.Waterworld Complex Painting and Service of pools Service completed. In-house painting in progress 17.Tidal Pool Ablutions New doors and plumbing to be fitted 18.Leaches Bay Ablutions Toilets completely vandalised Maintenance will have to be done closer to the peak festive season in order to ensure that further vandalism do not hamper festive preparations COSTS: Hiring of Additional Chemical Toilets = R200 000 Recruitment of 36 additional seasonal Lifeguards = =R288 000 Recruitment of Beach Marshalls = R84 700 Other costs are within the operating costs of repairs and maintenance, overtime etc Related Metro unpacks the Festive Season Safety Operations Speaking at the briefing Portfolio Head for Health and Public Safety Amanda Mnyute said, “We had a joint operation from December 30 to January 2, 2017 with the aim to control the crowd during the festive season in all our beaches and other areas of the Metro.” “During this period some of the roads in the beachfront were closed to accommodate the traffic congestion and easy flow of vehicles in the Quigney areas,” she said. Mnyute added that children were lost and that was a major challenge this year for the City. “Over 40 children were lost and later reunited with their parents. Another major challenge was the consumption of alcohol and making open fires in areas that ae not designated for that.” “The number of drunken driving in the Buffalo City has increased from last year to 190 drunk driving incident during this festive season.” Buffalo City Metro Commander for Traffic Services Quinton Chetty said, “The traffic flow showed a great improvement due to the earlier road closures. This was done to create a vehicle free zone and create a safe environment for the pedestrians.” “Areas that were affected by the road closures include Quigney, Beacon Bay, Nahoon and Gonubie,” said Chetty. “The Metro conducted a Joint Operation Centre (JOC) which was situated at the Osner Hotel and was operational on 31 of December 2016 as well as on 1 and 2 of January 2017.” Stakeholders involved in the operation include the South African Police Services (SAPS), Emergency Ambulance Service, Provincial Department of Social Development, BCMM Traffic Department, BCMM Law Enforcement Services and Environmental Health Services. The following statistics recorded during the festive season: Statistics between November 2016 and January 2, 2017 for drunk driving was 119, inconsiderate driving was at 149, those who were held for speeding 7 333, impounds, suspensions and un-roadworthy vehicles were 155. Highest speed recorded in King William’s Town was 112km/h in a 60km/h zone and highest speed in East London was 163km/h in a 90km/h zone. Operation Commander for SAPS East London Cluster Colonel Errol Francis said, “Our operation started from 10 November to 31 January 2017 to prevent crime against people in the Buffalo City area.” “In the morning of December 31 and January 1, we had low levels of crime incidents reported, only five cases were reported, while later on New Year’s Day, 12 crime incidents were reported and on January 2, only four cases were reported,” said Francis. According to the Municipal Report, over 30 lifeguards were employed during the festive season and were operating in all the beaches. “The Metro has 19 fulltime Lifeguards and 39 Seasonal Lifeguards in all the surrounding beaches in the Metro were employed to minimise the number of drownings and swimming incidents.” This festive season saw at least 86 near drowning incidents and four drownings. “We urge people to learn to swim so that when they decide to go swimming during the festive season they are able to do so and limit the drownings,” said Mnyute. Water safety for Duncan Village kids The group is part of the Duncan Village Isibindi Child and Youth Care and Safe Park project which is a programme between the Metro and its sister city the City of Leiden. The swimming programme kicked off on Monday 25 January and will end on Sunday 7 February. According to a Municipal Report the Water Safety Project is being funded by the Leiden Stitchting Stedenband who contributed towards the establishment of the Duncan Village Isibindi and Safe Park programme. “The current Water Safety project includes activities ranging from basic water safety skills and basic swimming lessons which are provided by the Dutch foreign national sports coach.” Speaking about the benefits of the programme Koliswa Notwala Duncan Village Coordinator for Isibindi Child and Youth Care project said, “This has been a great opportunity for our children and we are hoping that in the near future our funders wont only look for swimming but help our kids to be involved in other sporting codes – soccer, rugby or music.” She added that the children will benefit a lot from the swimming project is it is rare to find children from disadvantaged backgrounds with proper swimming skills. Speaking to one of the beneficiaries 12 year old Zusakhe Soqhaga said, “The swimming lessons will help me when I go to the beach with my family during the holidays.” Adding to that Liyema Cekisa who is also part of the project said that the swimming lessons will help when she is playing in the water. “I will know what to do to be safe.” Sharing his views about the programme Dutch Coach Maarten Weeda said, “It has been a great experience to be working with the kids, others are learning fast and with others I have to be patient as they are sometimes afraid of the water.” City launches swimming project for kids These kids will be equipped with water safety skills and an introduction on swimming. Every summer, thousands of visitors flock to the beaches in BCM and sadly so, many families go back home with one of their loved ones wrapped in a body plastic bag. To prevent any more of these tragedies, the Metro and its Sister City, the City of Leiden established a Water Safety Project in January 2016 where youngsters from Isibindi Child and Youth Care and Safe Park in Duncan Village were given introductory swimming lessons and trained on water safety. This year, the programme continues with a six-month swimming programme where 20 youngsters from the Safe Park and another 20 from Scenery Park ages nine to 15 will be equipped with water safety skills. The group from Scenery Park are children who were involved in the drowning tragedy at the Umzonyana Dam in Scenery Park where a young life was lost in February 2017. The programme will ensure the identified participants are able to practice water safety activities in different aquatic environments and are able to swim and surf in a safe and fun way. BCMM Spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said, “It is our aim that the life skill of swimming is imparted to as many children as possible and that they are exposed to the different forms of water sport including swimming, diving and surfing without fear.” Buffalo City and the City of Leiden will spend a total of R137 550 towards the project covering costs that include swimming equipment and gear, transport to the venue and salaries for the project team. The programme was launched on Wednesday 1 November 2017 at the Orient Beach Pool. Speaking at the event, one of the learners Lisa Quluba who was very excited to benefit from the programme said, “I look forward to learning how to swim because I want to be able to save others.” Motivating the participants, International Surfer, Craig Jarvis said, “Every time I see a young child get on a surfing board for the first time, I relive my childhood as I recall standing on my very first wave here at the orient beach.” He then encouraged them to get familiar with the sea water as “the ocean can be your best friend but it can also be your enemy that is why safety is very important, it is sad to hear of children drowning at sea when it can be prevented through training and education.” Special Programmes Portfolio Head, Xolani Witbooi appealed to the young group to commit fully to the programme so that one day they can represent the City at international sporting events such as the Olympic Games and also impart the knowledge to others. Beach Inspection underway The inspection saw over 10 delegates checking beaches including the Igoda Mouth, Hickman’s River, Leaches Bay and Waterworld. The next inspection of other beaches will be discussed at a later stage. “We are planning to make this a continuous exercise and we have hope that we will make a difference in making our beaches safer, fun, economic viable and enjoyable for our citizens,” said Manager: Office of the Deputy Executive Mayor Sthembiso Khanyile. The city has a lot to offer including the nature and conservation. “The coastal line of our City can benefit a lot of people and our Tourism opportunities can be explored better.” Adding to that Superintendent Nimrod Dastile said that the inspection should be set aside as an on-going process and that will help the Metro in achieving its goals of making its beaches a place of fun and enjoyment. "Our coastal areas serve as a major destination for tourism which can offer multiple benefits to the Metro such as greater appreciation of the value of natural resources," said Landiwe Sikhinzi, Researcher in the Deputy Executive Mayor's Office. Dignity restored in Emajarantiyeni The facilities add to the eight existing ones which accommodates 170 prefabricated households. This was in commemoration of the World Toilet Day that is celebrated world-wide on 19 November to commit on improving toilet and sanitation conditions. The Metro hosted the event along with the Eastern Cape Department of Water and Sanitation and Solid Waste with the theme Toilets and Nutrition Day. Resident Zinikele Jayiya said, “I feel more proud now to be a resident in this community, we are very grateful for the additional toilets and to Buffalo City Metro for restoring our dignity.” Ward Councillor Gideon Norexe said, “I feel honoured that Ward 45 had been chosen to celebrate this day as the City saw the need to host this informative event to educate the residents of this community about World Toilet Day.” He added that the new toilets will restore the dignity of the community as they live in temporary structures with few facilities. “Life is going to change for the better for this community moving forward,” adds Norexe. Speaking about the event Environmental Health Educator in the Inland Region Zongamele Msiwa said there was a need for the community to be educated about hygiene and nutrition. “As the department we thought it best that we visit the community of Emajarantiyeni to educate them on hygiene, nutrition and toilet cleaning.” He added that the community should try by all means to keep their toilets clean as well as the community at large. Addressing the residents the City’s Department of Environmental Health official Tandeka Mokololo said community members must know the importance of keeping their toilets clean and food safety. “Today we are here to educate the community of Emajarantiyeni on the importance of keeping their toilets clean, as toilets are there to preserve human dignity.” She added that food safety and nutrition plays a major role in keeping healthy, residents should try and adopt the culture of ploughing and planting their own vegetables. The residents were also informed on water safety and how they should ensure it is kept clean. Programme Manager for Water and Sanitation Khunjuzwa Ngethu said resident must avoid drinking unhealthy water for human consumption. “People should not drink unhealthy water to avoid the risks of getting infected by water borne diseases,” said Ngethu. Keeping the City safe On Thursday 13 July, the City led an operation targeted at hawkers within the Metro who operate within the CBD, leaving the area in an unsafe and untidy space. Areas covered include Terminus Street, Beaconsfield Road, Caxton Street, Gillwell and Union Streets. The law enforcement agencies together with the Metro’s Environmental Health Services confiscated over 500 pallets, more than 150 crates and 65 makeshift tables which were left unattended to in the CBD. On Friday, 14 July, Buffalo City Law Enforcement also targeted illegal liquor operating establishments around the City's CBD area. 11 places of entertainment were visited around Southernwood and central town and 10 were closed for no business licenses. Places closed down and issued R1000 fines are as follows: Natalies Tavern in Union Street; Cindy's Wine and Dine in North Street; Ndosi Tarven in Southernwood; C J Chocolate in Southernwood; Premier Entertainment in Southernwood; KwaPiksi in Douglas Smith and Windyridge, Emlanjeni Tavern in Southernwood; Belgrave Bar Lounge in St Pauls Road; Chunky Charlie Tavern in the CBD and CD's Tavern in Gillwell Road. The only place that was found to be compliant was the Zooming Lounge in Stephenson Street. During these raids, eight unlicensed vehicles were charged at these places. On Saturday, 15 July and early hours of Sunday 16 July, an operation seeking to ensure safety on the roads which was conducted by BCMM Traffic Services, Law Enforcement Services and SAPS, netted 51 drunk drivers in the following areas: 23 people in Mdantsane, 9 in Amalinda, 13 in Devereux Avenue, four in Cambridge, one in Bypass and one in Southernwood. This operation is part of our commitment to servicing our citizens and being a City Hard at Work in ensuring that we ensure a safe and secure environment whilst providing an efficient and responsive service against lawlessness. Comments are closed.