Businesses call for action to address the appalling state of Gqeberha beachfront Businesses call for action to address the appalling state of Gqeberha beachfront
Public drinking and the unacceptable state of cleanliness threaten tourism and the blue flag status of the Gqeberha beachfront. The Beachfront Front Cluster, one... Businesses call for action to address the appalling state of Gqeberha beachfront

Public drinking and the unacceptable state of cleanliness threaten tourism and the blue flag status of the Gqeberha beachfront.

The Beachfront Front Cluster, one of the eight geographical clusters of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, has called on the Municipality to enforce safety measures as businesses in the area are concerned about the negative impact of public drinking and littering on their establishments and holidaymakers.

Beachfront Cluster Deputy Chairperson and MD of the Boardwalk Hotel, Casino and Convention Tati Tsunke says the Municipality had promised that the beachfront would be a no-alcohol zone and safety measures would be strengthened to ensure there are zero incidents, including the upkeep of the area.

“The kind of behaviour we have been witnessing around the area these past few days does not bode well with what it represents as a tourist attraction. The degradation of the beachfront through littering not only poses a risk to the tourism sector but also to the blue flag status of the beaches. More importantly, any litter that is left unattended poses a risk to sea life especially if it is blown into the ocean. As such, we are calling on the residents and visitors who are using the area to exercise restraint against any antisocial behaviour and to clean up after themselves,” says Tsunke.

Tsunke further highlighted that the current law enforcement measures were not effective, as public drinking remained a huge concern with no visible monitoring taking place.

“Having dedicated security personnel on the ground during the festive season monitoring the area would serve as a deterrent to potential incidents of crime and public drinking. It would also address the challenge of littering as people would be forced to use garbage bins that are located around the beachfront.”

The beachfront, which is the biggest draw card for tourists visiting the city over the December holiday period, has also become increasingly dangerous as cases of muggings, attacks and business robberies have been reported by concerned residents and businesses. This was also due to poor lighting in the area where some of the faulty streetlights have now been fixed and security cameras installed at strategic locations, thanks to Beachfront Safety Sector and the Summerstrand Neighbourhood Watch who are working in tandem with the Beachfront Cluster.  

Antoinette Panton

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