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The City of Cape Town’s emergency, law enforcement and traffic services have been deployed in the central city and other popular destinations for the traditional New Year’s Eve mass celebrations. Festive celebrations culminate this weekend and revellers are reminded that safer festivities are a shared responsibility.  

The City of Cape Town’s Emergency Services, Law Enforcement and Traffic Services staff are ready for this weekend’s celebrations and will once again be out in full force this New Year’s weekend.

‘New Year’s Eve draws huge crowds to central Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront, beaches and places of entertainment. The public comes out to party and at the City we are ready to ensure that, as far as possible, everyone has fun without the risk of crime or injury.

‘As huge crowds congregate for the final countdown to 2018, our staff will be busy patrolling and monitoring celebrations. A number of integrated operations are planned with other role-players and these include roadblocks, roaming vehicle checkpoints, and increased law enforcement visibility,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.A zero tolerance approach will be taken by all safety staff over this weekend.

‘We will have maximum deployment of staff across the city and beach areas, with Metro Police, Traffic Services and Law Enforcement staff deploying alongside the South African Police Service. Motorists found to be over the legal alcohol limit or in possession of illegal substances will be arrested,’ said Alderman Smith.

The public is reminded to report all emergencies to the 107 Public Emergency Call Centre by dialling 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone.

‘I appeal to motorists not to drink and drive, and for revellers to consume alcohol responsibly. Arrange for a designated driver, or use the MyCiTi services that are available over the weekend,’ said Alderman Smith.

The last MyCiTi buses will depart from the V&A Waterfront to the civic centre at 02:00 on New Year’s Day. For further information on the MyCiTi festive season services, please go to

The City appeals to the public to please adhere to the following safety guidelines:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Do not bring alcohol to beaches or other public spaces
  • Only swim in designated areas
  • Discharge fireworks in designated areas only

‘The City’s safety staff work hard to ensure everyone’s safety, but I appeal to the public to play their part and work with us to ensure that the long weekend remains as incident-free as possible,’ said Alderman Smith.

Last year the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) was adopted by Council to improve how the administration works.

‘A safer city for all is one of the key commitments of the City’s ODTP,’ said Alderman Smith.

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