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New wheels for lifeguards

07 August 2020
At the hand-over of the vehicles were (front) senior lifeguards Paul Makupula and Zweli Mafutha. They were joined by (from left) Kouga Fire Chief Dewald Barnard, Mayor Horatio Hendricks, Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson, Disaster Management officer James Mzangwa and platoon officer Henrico van Rooyen.

At the hand-over of the vehicles were (front) senior lifeguards Paul Makupula and Zweli Mafutha. They were joined by (from left) Kouga Fire Chief Dewald Barnard, Mayor Horatio Hendricks, Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson, Disaster Management officer James Mzangwa and platoon officer Henrico van Rooyen.

As the Tourism industry slowly but surely re-opens, Kouga Municipality has set the wheels in motion to welcome visitors back to its swimming beaches this coming Festive Season.  

A new 4x4 bakkie and quad bike have been purchased for the municipality's lifeguards. 

"We're hopeful that the worse of the COVID-19 pandemic will be over on time for us to welcome residents and visitors back to the swimming beaches this summer," Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, said. 

"The Tourism industry has taken a severe knock because of the lockdown restrictions. A good festive season will give our region an opportunity to start recovering from the immense economic damage the lockdown has caused."

He said it was the first time the municipal lifeguards would have fleet of their own. 

"The lifeguards work over a wide area, covering the coast from Oyster Bay to the Gamtoos Mouth. 

"Transporting them to their designated areas or reaching emergencies off the beaten track have in the past proved challenging as they did not have their own fleet. The new bakkie will help to address this," he said. 

"The quad bike will also help to improve their response time to emergencies that happen away from the main swimming beaches, where they are usually stationed."

He said a new 4x4 bakkie had also been procured for the Disaster Management section.

"This section's old bakkie is still in working order and will also be used to support lifeguard services when necessary."

He said the safety of Kouga's beaches was a big drawing card for tourists and that the municipality would continue its efforts to strengthen its lifeguard section year on year.