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City kicks off festive season with Safe Summer beach festivals<br><span><figure class="figure-credits right"><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/beach.jpg" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p>The City’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department will host a series of beach and pool festivals around Cape Town on <em><strong>Saturday 26 November 2016</strong></em> featuring activities, prizes and entertainment for the whole family. The festivals will showcase the City’s preparedness for the upcoming peak festive season and will also promote safety at the City’s beaches and swimming pools. </p> <div>‘Cape Town has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – 10 of which are recognised on the world stage as being Blue Flag beaches. These festivals will celebrate the incredible beach experience available to Cape Town residents with an array of activities. We expect everyone who joins us on Saturday to try at least one beach activity they have never done before.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>‘A major focus this festive season will be safety at beaches and public pools. Thousands of people visit the City’s beaches each day during the peak holiday season and we are expecting even higher numbers this year. Managing crowds and ensuring the safety of beachgoers and swimmers is therefore an extremely difficult task.​</div> <br></span> <div> <span><figure class="figure-credits left"><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/strand.jpg" alt="placeholder" class="responsive" style="width:511px;" /><figcaption> <p>© City of Cape Town</p> </figcaption> </figure> <p></p></span> <div>‘Our Festive Season Preparedness Plan includes all possible measures to help prevent accidents from happening at our beaches and public swimming pools. Because most beach accidents are alcohol-related, our law enforcement agencies will clamp down to prevent alcohol use on beaches,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.</div><div> <br> </div><div>The festivals this weekend will encourage beachgoers and swimming pool users to enjoy summer responsibly. Various exhibitions and displays will be on offer, providing crucial summer safety tips and information on how visitors can keep safe during the summer season.</div><div> <br> </div><div>While the City does provide lifeguards and law enforcement personnel, this service cannot take the place of a parent or guardian’s supervision of children. On peak days, the high number of people visiting our beaches and pools makes it very difficult for lifeguards to keep a watchful eye on all swimmers all of the time. The lifeguards are under constant pressure to look out for anyone in distress. Parents need to be on high alert when their children are playing in or near the ocean, a river or a pool and are urged to be particularly vigilant during the festive season.</div> <br> <div>As part of this initiative, the City will also officially launch the Blue Flag Season at Melkbos Beach. This event will be attended by Councillor Ntsodo at 10:00. Entry to the events is free.</div><div> <br> </div><div>The festival details are as follows and all media are welcome to attend.</div><div> <br> </div><h3>Melkbos Summer Safety Beach Festival</h3><div>Date:             Saturday 26 November 2016</div><div>Time:              10:00 – 18:00</div><div>Venue:          Melkbos Beach parking area</div><div> <br> </div><div>Activities include live performances, on-stage entertainment, exhibitions, food and craft stalls, water activities, beach games, a children’s corner, competitions, jumping castles, face-painting and more. For details, residents should please contact <strong><em>Ne-Ray Serfontein</em></strong> on <a>079 317 1440</a>.</div><div> <br> </div><h3>Mnandi Summer Safety Beach Festival</h3><div>Date:             Saturday 26 November 2016</div><div>Time:              08:00 – 14:00</div><div>Venue:          Mnandi Beach, Khayelitsha</div><div> <br> </div><div>Activities include live performances, on-stage entertainment, exhibitions, a climbing wall, learn to surf programmes, recreation games, beach soccer, lifesaving demonstrations, beach volleyball and more. For details, residents should please contact <strong><em>Sibongile Mlotywa</em></strong> on <a>072 851 7840</a>.</div><div> <br> </div><h3>Muizenberg Summer Safety Beach Festival</h3><div>Date:             Saturday 26 November 2016</div><div>Time:              10:00 – 15:00</div><div>Venue:          Muizenberg Beach (grass area behind the pavilion)</div><div> <br> </div><div>Activities include live performances, on-stage entertainment, exhibitions, water activities, beach games, a surf simulator, inflatable games, a rocket launcher, a children’s corner and more. For details, residents should please contact <strong> <em>Mildred van der Heever</em></strong> on  <a>076 096 1636</a>.</div><div> <br> </div><h3>Harmony Park Summer Safety Beach Festival</h3><div>Date:             Saturday 26 November 2016</div><div>Time:              10:00 – 15:00</div><div>Venue:          Harmony Park Day Resort, Gordon’s Bay</div><div> <br> </div><div>Activities include live performances by Morakie, Koekie, Therene and more, on-stage entertainment, exhibitions, water activities, beach games, a children’s corner, competitions, jumping castles, face-painting and more. For details, residents should please contact <strong> <em>Glen Goldman</em></strong> on  <a>076 055 6804</a>.</div><div> <br> </div><h3>Bellville Summer Safety Festival</h3><div>Date:             Saturday 26 November 2016</div><div>Time:              10:00 – 15:00</div><div>Venue:          Bellville swimming pool</div><div> <br> </div><div>Activities include live performances, on-stage entertainment, exhibitions, water activities, beach games, a children’s corner, competitions, jumping castles, face-painting and more. For details, residents should please contact <strong>Mary Scholtz </strong>on <a>071 85 111 43</a>/<a>083 491 8343</a>. General swimming pool entrance fees will still apply.</div><div> <br> </div><div> <br> </div><div> <strong>End</strong></div><div> <br> </div></div>2016-11-23T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#272100f7-934d-4419-9027-2d113fa28ead;L0|#0272100f7-934d-4419-9027-2d113fa28ead|Beach safety;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0ca68557-777a-4c89-b7b5-4d60ea16b115;L0|#00ca68557-777a-4c89-b7b5-4d60ea16b115|safe summer beach festival;GP0|#589df921-dab9-4b0d-8a40-8a45c1a4c848;L0|#0589df921-dab9-4b0d-8a40-8a45c1a4c848|pool safety;GPP|#272100f7-934d-4419-9027-2d113fa28ead1

 

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