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PUBLIC NOTICE: No alcohol on Beaches/Public Spaces

Issued by George Municipality 30 December, 11H00

George Municipality wants all residents and visitors to enjoy a safe and peaceful festive season. To that end our Law Enforcement Officials aided by 30 beach monitors continue to enforce and implement the ZERO TOLERANCE OF ALCOHOL ON OUR BEACHES.

Beachgoers should take note that NO DRINKING is allowed at beaches, any open space, car parks, in or outside vehicles at these places. Law Enforcement will adopt a policy of ZERO TOLERANCE for any person who wants to enter the beach areas under the influence of alcohol, who tries to enter the beach area with alcohol and/or use alcohol while on beaches.

To date alcohol to the value of R1450 has been confiscated, alcohol to the value of approximately R15 890 has been returned to persons who left the beach and/or returned it to their vehicle. The official confiscation notice is completed in terms of Section 8(1) to (5) of Street Trading By-laws and is handed to the person offending.  George Municipality then officially hands the confiscated alcohol over to SAPS who logs receipt thereof and stores it for a period of 30 days. The person issued with the notice is entitled to collect the alcohol within that 30 days from SAPS. Once the 30 days has expired, SAPS issues a Disposal Notice and the alcohol is destroyed. No alcohol confiscated remains in possession of the George Municipality.

We encourage all beachgoers to assist our officials in ensuring that their day at the beach is a safe and pleasant experience. Neighbourhood Watches, Community Police Forums, George Traffic Services, Provincial Traffic Services as well as SAPS also work closely with the Municipality with regards to Community Safety.

Alcohol is strictly prohibited on all beach areas under the control of the George Municipality which include Herold’s Bay, Gwaiing River Mouth, Victoria Bay, Wilderness, and Leentjiesklip areas.