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Safety in BCM Beaches

Safety in BCM Beaches

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 January201804:30-20:00

Eastern Beach (New Year’s weekend 1 January201805:00-20:00

Orient Complex and Waterworld Complex (New Year’s 1 January 201807:00-19:00

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

 



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