Lifeguards absent from beaches, resources deployed to water campaigns

There are concerns over the lack of lifeguards on Cape's beaches during the September school holidays. Some residents says this simply means children would've drowned if there was an incident.

According to Club Captain of Milnerton Lifesaving, Mark Mausenbaum, the City asked them not to be at the beaches for September holidays. He says he doesn't know the reasoning behind that instruction.

There was no safety and security during the week of the school holidays...

Mark Mausenbaum, Club Captain for Milnerton Lifesaving

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, confirmed that indeed there were no lifeguards deployed for the September school holidays.

He says voluntary lifeguard season commences from 1st November until Easter holidays. He says they employ about 270 lifeguards during that period.

Because of the water crisis that has hit the Western Cape, Smith says the city had to cut the budget to fund the desalination process.

We had to be super frugal with our budget because of the water crisis. we have being told to remove money from operating budgets, each make significant cuts to accommodate operating costs for desalination and water process...

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

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