#LoveCapeTown – Festive Season safety tips

#LoveCapeTown – Festive Season safety tips

By Enver Duminy

Summer in the Mother City is the most anticipated season of the year. Of course,
Cape Town is amazing all year round, but how we love the sunshine, cocktails by
the sea and picnics in the park.
The hot season is the time to be outdoors, sharing experiences with friends and
family; however, when visiting and celebrating the festive season in Cape Town, I
urge you to take certain personal safety precautions with these top tips:
Emergency numbers:
Get a free key ring with all the emergency numbers you need, at your nearest
Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centre.
Save ‘10111’ and ‘112’ on your mobile phone.
Be money wise
• Use accredited booking agents when selecting accommodation, tours and
transport and make use of the Cape Town Tourism contact centre (086 132
2223).
• Avoid carrying large sums of cash, luxury items and cameras in plain sight
when out and about and do not allow strangers to assist you in any way at cash
withdrawal machines.
Outdoor look out tips
• When visiting the Table Mountain National Park, I recommend the use of a
qualified mountain guide. Alternatively, make sure you take a Table Mountain
map, comfortable walking shoes, a few friends and a charged cellphone.
• Be prepared for weather that can change rapidly, as it so often does in Cape
Town, with something warm to wear.
• Keep to demarcated paths and start making your way down the mountain well
before dark.
Beach Safety
• At the beach, you need to be vigilant about using sunblock (at least factor 30)
and limiting your exposure to direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm.
• Cape Town’s beaches on False Bay are monitored by the Shark Spotter
programme. A total of 21 shark spotters are deployed between Muizenberg and Glencairn. A flag and alarm system are used to warn beach users of a shark’s
whereabouts – please adhere to all signals.
Responsible Drivers
After a night on the town there are affordable, recognised transport services
available to take you home:
Rikki’s: 0861 745 547; Unicab: 021 486 1611; TaxiClub: 073 5576739; and CB
Taxis: 021 418 44440.
* Enver Duminy is CEO of Cape Town Tourism.
Twitter: @enverduminy; @CapeTownTourism