BCM PLANNED ROAD CLOSURES FOR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality wishes to advise of the following road
closures that will be in effect FROM TODAY until Monday.

The closures will remain in place from 30 December 2021 up to 3 January 2022 or
as decided by the JOC.

The following intersections will be closed off on 30 December 2021 at approximately
13H00 :
• Fitzpatrick Road at Bowls Road
• Fitzpatrick Road at Commercial Road
• Commercial Road at Signal Street
• John Bailie Road at Turnberry Road
• Mc Jannet Drive at Vaal Street
• Fleet Street at Station Street
• Hutchinson Road at the entrance to Harbour

The following areas will be monitored by SAPS, Law Enforcement and Traffic Services and if they become congested they will be closed off:

Kidds beach; Leaches Bay; Nahoon Beach; Nahoon caravan park; Quenera; Gonubie Beach
and Gonubie resort

It must also be noted that any vehicle found blocking traffic, entrances and driveways
will be towed away.

Strict Law Enforcement will be exercised against offenders.

Should you have any queries or complaints kindly contact the Joint Operation Centre on the following numbers:
Phone Number : 043 722 2828
Phone Number : 043 722 2823

In addition the VOC will be at the Osner Hotel and will be operational from the 31st December to the 2nd Jan 2022.

We want to plea with bathers to obey the rules while enjoying themselves at the beach and take instructions from the lifeguards on duty.

The Municipality is advising beach goers of the following precautions when it comes to going to the beach and swimming:

  1. Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by surf lifesavers or lifeguards.
  2. Swim between the red and yellow flags. These mark the safest areas to swim.
  3. Avoid swimming alone or unsupervised.
  4. Float with a rip current. Do not swim against it.
  5. If you get into difficulty, try and stay calm, float and raise one arm until help
    arrives.
  6. Don’t run and dive into the water, even if you checked for hazards earlier. Conditions can change.
  7. Don’t swim directly after a meal.
  8. Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  9. If you are unsure of the conditions, ask a surf lifesaver or lifeguard.
  10. Read the signs. If a beach is closed don’t swim there.
  11. Don’t drink and swim or drive motor boats. Alcohol dulls the senses, slows the
    reactions and can cause irresponsible behavior.
  12. Know how to do CPR or how to blow air into another person’s lungs until help arrives.
  13. Don’t dive from tidal pool walls, as this has been known to result in spinal
    injuries.
  14. Pools provide a safer option to swim in than the oceans, as the currents are kept
    at bay. Do not take out small or unstable boats far from shore in choppy water or
    stormy weather.

BCM has a total of 81 life guard operating in all beaches including swimming pools
across the Metro.

The operations time for lifeguardHickman’s River, Leaches Bay, Igoda, Kidda Beach its 09h00 – 17h00

Eastern Beach 04h30 – 20h00 on 1 January 2022

Orient Complex 05h00-20h00 on 1 January 2022

Gonubie, Bonza, Nahoon, leaches bay, Hickman’s River, Igoda, Kidds Beach 07h00-
19h00 on 1 January 2022

A friendly reminder to all citizens “Be responsible. See you in 2022!”

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