The George Municipality is ready for the Easter holiday weekend, says Municipal Manager Trevor Botha.
“The Easter holiday period is an important economic boost to our area and we welcome all visitors to George and the region. However, it can be a dangerous time, especially on the roads, and we ask everyone to have a fun-filled but responsible holiday. Please don’t drink and drive, don’t drink and swim, and abide by traffic rules and beach rules – it may not seem so cool, but it may save your life,” said Mr Botha.
George Municipality Protection Services Director Steven Erasmus said all departments were ready and committed to effective emergency response and quality prevention to minimise loss of life and property.
“Traffic on the roads is expected to increase significantly around the municipal area during the Easter weekend. Operations will be integrated with partners such as the Western Cape Traffic Department, SAPS and emergency medical services with a special focus on the high-risk routes to promote operational visibility. Focus will be on excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances, driver fitness, vehicle roadworthiness, vehicle moving violations, transportation of illegal substance, public transport operations, passenger overload control, learner transport and pedestrian and commuter safety.”
Law Enforcement will monitor and patrol the George CBD, beaches and recreational areas and will enforce municipal bylaws accordingly. The public is reminded that drugs, alcohol, drunkenness and disorderly conduct, urinating in public, fire arms, open fires and illegal trading are not permitted and will be strictly policed. Officers will assist other law enforcement agencies when necessary.
Lifeguards will be on duty at Herolds Bay, Victoria Bay and Wilderness Main Beach on 19-22 April and 27 April from 8am to 5pm every day and at the Conville Swimming Pool from 9am to 4pm.
In addition to usual fire standby services, Fire and Rescue will be on standby at strategic spots on the N2, N9 and R62 for added visibility and quick response to potential road accidents and other emergencies.
Refuse collection dates affected on public holidays:
Friday 19 April 2019 will be collected on Thursday 18 April 2019
Monday 22 April 2019 will be collected on Tuesday 23 April 2019
Wednesday 1 May 2019 will be collected on Thursday 2 May 2019.
MUNICIPALITY CLOSED FOR EASTER
Please note the George Municipality offices are closed for the Easter holiday period including Friday 19 April 2019 and Monday 22 April 2019, reopening on Tuesday 23 April at 7.45am.
After-hours and emergency number: 044 801 6300
Dedicated fire emergency number: 044 801 6311
The George Municipality wishes our Christian citizens a blessed Easter.