Bitou municipality’s Senior Manager of Public Safety, Andile Sakati, held an inspection of its Public Safety force – comprising Traffic Control, Fire and Rescue, and Law Enforcement – as part of preparations for the forthcoming holiday season.
Municipal Manager, Thabo Ndlovu, said: “Over the high season there is a threefold increase in the number of people in Plettenberg Bay, and we have to ensure that visitors to our town feel safe at all times so that tourism, the driver of the local economy, can flourish and grow.”
In his address to the Public Safety Force, Bitou mayor, Peter Lobese, said: “I have full confidence in your abilities to handle all the many difficulties that may present themselves during the course of the peak holiday period. I witnessed how competently you operated last season and I know that you will again carry out your duties correctly and conscientiously over the coming months.”
Lobese inspected a guard of honour and was given an overview of the vehicles and equipment used to maintain safety, law and order in the municipality. A demonstration was carried out by the Crowd Control Unit of the techniques employed to control riotous and unruly behaviour.
Bitou Municipality has acquired three new fire-fighting vehicles in the wake of the horrific June fires, and keys for the vehicles were officially handed over during the course of the morning. The cost of the vehicles amounted to R2.05 million (€125 000). This was made possible as the result of a R1.45 million (€88 000) contribution from Western Cape Disaster Management and Fire and Rescue Services, with the balance being provided by Bitou Municipality.