The school holidays are still in full swing , and with the usual fantastic weather conditions in South Africa at this time of the year , people just flock to the outdoors , and of course , especially to beaches .
This past weekend ( a long-weekend nogal ) was no exception , with all major beaches around the coastline crowded by 1000's of sunseekers .
And here's a report showing Durban beaches having been visited by around 800 000 ( !!! ) people during this period .
Wonderfull isn't it ?
On the other hand , the real negative part is the amount of rubbish that people take to beaches , and just discard it there ........
According to this report , the local cleansing authorities collected more than 306 340 TONS ( that is 306 340 000 kilograms ) of trash
. Over three days
That relates to about 383 kilograms of trash per person , man , woman , children, babies ........
What do people take to beaches 800,000 visit Durban beaches over New Year weekend: report
5 hrs ago
DURBAN – Almost 800,000 people visited Durban’s beaches over the New Year festive weekend, according to the eThekwini Metro Municipality.
Municipal spokesman Mandla Nsele said: “With sunny weather conditions throughout the long-weekend, beaches were packed to capacity, as families and friends enjoyed the surf. Needless to say, lifeguards, law enforcement officers and other officials were kept on their toes and had to work hard to offer assistance where it was required and ensure that law and order was maintained.”
He said that “close to 800,000” visited the beaches from 30 December to 1 January. With Monday also being a scorcher of a day, it was not yet known how many people visited beaches, especially as many holiday makers started making the long trip back inland.
Nsele said that more than 500 people had to be treated for various ailments, mainly blue-bottle stings and cuts, while 186 rescues were carried out by the life guards.
A 34-year old man drowned at the city’s Mnini Beach on Saturday. The beach is not a bathing beach manned by life guards.
Ntsele urged people to only bathe at beaches manned by lifeguards and to heed the instructions of lifeguards.
There were 424 children who were separated from their parents and guardians, but most had been reunited with their parents.
At the time of writing there were still three children who had not been reunited with their parents.
Authorities issued 37,444 child identification tags over the three days.
There were 33 people arrested for various offences at the beach, including harassment, public drinking and theft.
“An estimated 306,430 tons of refuse was collected over the long weekend,” he said.