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The City of Cape Town and its partner the Shark Spotters have urged beach-goers to pay attention to shark signage when visiting beaches and to always obey officials if instructed to leave the water.
The shark monitoring programme covers eight Cape Town beaches.
“We will again be doing everything we can to enhance beach safety, especially ahead of and during the traditionally busy beach days including the Day of Goodwill, New Year’s day and Tweede Nuwejaar,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.
“Even though 30 shark spotters and 10 Fish Hoek shark exclusion net crew members have been employed to improve beach safety during the upcoming summer season, we need all the help that we can get.
Members of the public are asked to be vigilant and to report any shark sightings to the Shark Spotters. “Let’s also look after each other this season – many eyes and ears will be to the benefit of us all.”
The Shark Spotters Information Centre, which is situated at Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner, is open to members of the public from 08:00 to 18:00 seven days a week.
The centre provides up-to-date information on sharks and marine ecology, basic first aid, general public assistance and emergencies, storage of valuables and lost property.
Beach-goers may also make use of the Shark Spotter app which provides water users with all the latest shark safety information at City beaches, including which flag is currently flying and why. The flags fly for various reasons, including:
The app is updated by the Shark Spotters on duty in real time so users can be assured that they always have the most current information at their fingertips to help them make a personal assessment about shark risks when entering the water.
Shark Spotters are present at the following other beaches:
St James/Kalk Bay: Mon – Sun, 08:00 – 18:00
Fish Hoek: Mon – Sun, 07:00 – 18:45
Caves, Kogel Bay: Mon – Sun, 08:00 – 18:00
Noordhoek (The Hoek): Mon – Sun, 08:00 – 18:00 (to May)
Clovelly: Weekends, Public Holidays, School Holidays, 10am – 5pm
Glencairn: Weekends, Public Holidays, School Holidays, 10am-5pm
Monwabisi: Weekends, Public Holidays, School Holidays, 8am- 6pm
Posted on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016