A brand new lifeguard tower was installed at Gwaiing beach last week. The initial tower was destroyed in a deliberate fire by individuals, who also vandalised the ablution facility at the beach area during March and April last year.
According to Mr Neels Barnard, George Fire Chief, the Protection Services Directorate the new fibreglass structure costing R140 000 is a patent design for a local company who has the sole mandate to produce these towers.
Barnard appealed to the community of George to please help protect the Municipality’s resources going forward. This tower is used during lifesaving season to assist bathers at the beach and make their experience pleasant and safe.
The ablution facilities at the beachside that were vandalised also during this time last year cost the Municipality around R30 000 to repair. The ablution facility’s toilets, windows and pipes were all damaged and broken. Criminal charges were laid following the incidents.
HELP STOP VANDALISM
Vandalism is a crime and ultimately cost ratepayers money. Please report people tampering, painting, breaking or stealing municipal property with the SAPS and George Municipality Law Enforcement (044 801 6350 during work hours or 044 801 6300 after hours) as soon as you see it happening. If you can take pictures of the culprits in the act without endangering yourself, it will help a lot. Thank you in advance for helping us protect our infrastructure.
Caption: Brand new tower: The newly installed lifeguard tower at Gwaiing beach.
Caption: Vandalised tower: An image of the burned down lifeguard tower last year at Gwaiing beach.