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Three-phase plan for festive season ends

Saldanha Bay Municipality (SBM) concluded their festive operation plans for 2018 on Thursday 31 January.

The three-phase plan was a combined effort between SBM’s public safety department (which includes municipal traffic, law enforcement and security services, fire services), SA Police, the provincial traffic department, SANParks and the Saldanha Bay Tourism Organisation.

SBM spokesperson, Ethne Julius, says, “The departments developed a holistic integrated festive season plan to conduct and execute joint traffic law enforcement operations and to prevent fires within the municipal area.”

The three-phases plan entailed a pre-holiday phase, festive season phase and post-holiday phase.

“The pre-holiday phase was introduced in October 2018 by conducting awareness programmes, increasing visibility in towns and executing joint law enforcement operations,” Julius explains.

Critical dates were identified at the commencement of the festive season in December 2018 to ensure the presence of multiple forces during the execution of operations.

The SBM says Paternoster, Saldanha and Langebaan were identified as high priority towns due to the influx of visitors to the various beaches. This resulted in the deployment of additional auxiliary officials to the three towns.

Twenty students were recruited during December 2018 to assist the law enforcement section with beach patrols duties along beaches within the municipal area and ten traffic wardens were deployed to provide assistance during this period.

According to SBM the recruits were deployed under the direct supervision of permanent traffic/law enforcement officers and conducted the following duties:

. Identify illegal house shops

. Conduct foot patrol duties in the different towns

. Conduct access and exit control at beaches

. Identify illegal informal traders

. Identify illegal parking within the different towns

. Identify prohibited behaviour at public amenities

. Issue 314 notices (sent by post for violations caught on camera).

Municipality Fire Services responded to a total of 147 incidents in November and December which included structural formal houses, informal houses, motor vehicle accidents, and veld and bush fires.

The law enforcement department issued a total of 583 fines during October (252), November (182) and December (149).

A total of 58 750 vehicles were stopped of which 288 were issued with fines to the monetary value of R284 350.

Insufficient parking at beaches within the municipal area remains a challenge.

SBM Executive Mayor, Marius Koen, thanked all the departments and role players for their efforts in ensuring the safety of visitors and the communities and said it is essential that employees know that they are also important stakeholders.

“Together you have ensured that SBM’s strategic objective, to develop socially integrated safety and healthy communities is successfully executed throughout the holiday season,” Koen said.

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