Cape Town – South African Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa has thanked South African citizens for “making tourism the successful sector that it is”.
“As 2015 draws to a close,” she says, “we as the Tourism family would like to extend our warmest wishes to the nation, the continent and our international visitors and to say thank you.”
Xasa encouraged South Africans to relax after a hard year’s work, but urged travellers to exercise caution and be safe during the festive period.
“Drive carefully and be safe on the roads. Look after our children this festive season. Practice responsible tourism and treasure our resources like water, guard against accidentally causing fires that can ravage our flora and fauna. Be mindful of your carbon footprint – so that we preserve our attractions for future generations,” Xasa pleads.
In the beginning of December this year, News24 published a report stating that 13 273 people died on South African roads in the 2015, with 58% of those in alcohol-related deaths.
This statistic placed South Africa among the leading countries with the worst alcohol-related fatalities in the world, according to the 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Since the start of the holiday season, at least 720 people more have been killed on the country’s roads, EWN reports.
This year, with the full moon and Spring Tide falling exactly on Christmas Day, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) too has urged the public to be extra careful.
The full moon Spring Tide will peak on Christmas Day and the high tide will gradually get higher each day and low tide will gradually get lower each day, building up to a peak on Christmas Day. These higher than normal high tides and the lower than normal low tides will last for at least the next ten days, the NSRI warned.