Coast KZN

04 Jan 2018

Beachgoers celebrate New Year’s Day at Alkantstrand

Thandu Ndlovu (Zululand Observer) Picture: Thousands of holidaymakers enjoyed the beach on New Year's Day PHOTOS: Thando Ndlovu

KZN MECs Zikalala and Kaunda visited Alkantstrand as part of a New Year’s Day coastal tour

THOUSANDS of holidaymakers from around Zululand enjoyed a day of sun and sand at Alkantstrand in the blistering heat of New Year’s Day.

Among the visitors were MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala, MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liason Mxolisi Kaunda, and King Cetshwayo Mayor Nonhle Mkhulise, ensuring tourists and local visitors enjoyed all the beach had to offer.

The New Year’s Day walkabout was part of a larger organised beach trip for the two MECs as they headed down the coast to Durban later in the day.

Police officers stopped and searched taxis to make sure there were no illegal firearms. 

PHOTO: Thando Ndlovu

Members of SAPS and security companies worked hard to make sure everything was in order.

Traffic congestion on routes headed to the beach was as expected, as taxis, cars and busloads of visitors made their way through Richards Bay.

As the temperatures rose, so did tempers and there were complaints about insufficient policing of the traffic, and chaos at various intersections.

By the time of going to print, there had been no fatal car accidents reported.

Aphiwe Mthembu from eSikhaleni was the first to greet Sihle Zikalala (KZN Tourism, Economic Development and Environmental Affairs MEC) and share jokes with him
PHOTO: Thando Ndlovu

In the run-up to the festive season, concerns over the provision of portable toilets were raised.

The City of uMhlathuze had, however, approved and made financial provision for 100 toilets to be delivered and distributed between Alkantstrand and the Bay Hall Area.

These were delivered on Friday, in time for the New Year festivities.