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City services gear up for post-exam celebrations <p>​Post-exam celebrations have become custom in many parts of the city, most notably at recreational spaces.</p><p>The City's enforcement services are therefore primed to increase patrols around these areas, as well as in the CBD, to keep an eye on the end of school celebrations. </p><p>'We've seen some established patterns over the past few years, and so our deployment over this period will be in line with those patterns. However, our staff are also able to pivot should any situation require attention. Apart from the post-exam celebrations, it's month end, but also the start of the festive season, and the weather forecast suggests it's going to be quite hot. So we are likely going to see a very busy weekend at our recreational spaces, but also around shopping areas, at party spots and of course on the roads.</p><p>'To our young people, we do not want to rob you of the opportunity to let your hair down after a long academic career, but our appeal is that you celebrate responsibly. The end of the school year is worth celebrating, but safety should be a priority for all,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>The City's beaches have become popular spots for celebrations.</p><p>The public is reminded that the possession and consumption of alcohol in public spaces and on beaches is prohibited in terms of the City's by-laws. Anyone found to be in transgression will be fined R500 and have their alcohol confiscated.<br>  <br> Just last week, the City launched its beach safety programme, outlining the golden rules for visitors to the coastline, as well as the deployment of lifeguards to beaches and public swimming pools.</p><p>'We want our beaches to be places where beautiful memories are made, particularly in the context of post-exam celebrations. However, we ask that visitors be mindful of their behaviour, and how their actions could potentially impact themselves or others. Last weekend, we had two non-fatal drowning incidents. It was a timely reminder of just how careful everyone needs to be around water bodies. So, as we wade into the holiday season, leave the alcohol at home, supervise your children at all times, swim only in designated areas, and please, listen to the instructions of our lifeguards,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.</p><p>In the event of an emergency, the public is advised to phone the City's Public Emergency Communication Centre on 107 from a landline, or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.</p><p> <strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-11-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#34f4df81-9990-40ab-8213-8383ea5bee8b;L0|#034f4df81-9990-40ab-8213-8383ea5bee8b|event;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a1c4af43-4c68-4614-a677-f8e59f244571;L0|#0a1c4af43-4c68-4614-a677-f8e59f244571|safety and order10

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