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A reminder that no alcohol is allowed at beaches and public areas

The fantastic weather has meant that our festive season has most certainly started already this year, and George Law Enforcement officials and beach monitors had their hands full over the weekend with the confiscation of alcohol at the various beaches as well as the removal of intoxicated individuals who were disturbing the peace for other beachgoers.

Beachgoers attempted to smuggle in bottles of alcohol as well as premixed in cooldrink bottles. The municipality has a NO ALCOHOL policy applicable to Beaches and other Public areas to ensure safe beaches for everyone.

The control, searching of vehicles and bags access at municipal beaches is implemented under “The access to public premises and access of vehicles Act (53 1985)”. Members of the Public are warned that prohibited substances, weapons, alcohol, fireworks etc. will be confiscated and that fines can be issued. All confiscated items or goods will be handed over to the South African Police Service (SAPS) for disposal.
George Municipality encourages all beachgoers to co-operate with our officials to ensure their visit to the beach is a safe and enjoyable experience.

Neighbourhood Watch, Community Police Forums, George and Provincial Traffic Services, SANPARKS, National Sea Rescue Institute, Private Security Companies, the South African Police Service (SAPD) including Business Owners also assist the Municipality to ensure a safe festival season.

The beach areas under the control of the George Municipality include Wilderness Main Beach, Wilderness Lagoon, Wilderness Steps, Wilderness Lientjiesklip, Victoria Bay Beach, Gwaing River Mouth Beach and Day Camp and Herold’s Bay Beach and Tidal pool.

For any further information on complaints please contact the Law Enforcement office on 044 801 6350 (07h45 – 16h30)
or 044 801 6300 (A/h Assistance team only for bylaw-related offences and emergencies).
The public can also send e-mails to with complaints of related matters.
Law Enforcement Office – 25B Cathedral Street.