Safety and security at Cape Town's popular beaches has come to the fore as the festive season approaches.
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With thousands of people expected to visit local shores, there are challenges in ensuring the safety of the public from both a crime and water safety perspective.
National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) spokesperson, Craig Lambinon has urged the public to be alert to rip currents and lifeguards on duty.
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Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's Richard Bosman said beach-goers can rest assured that the presence of authorities will be strong, following reports that lifeguards have abandoned their posts due to criminal activity at busy beaches.