Traffic volumes rise as holidaymakers head to KZN – SABC News

Traffic volumes are increasing on the N3 towards Durban. In less than an hour, more than a thousand cars passed through the Mariannhill tollgate outside of Durban.

This as vacationers head to the coast for the holiday season. Transport KwaZulu-Natal MEC Bheki Ntuli says a number of roadblocks have been set up across the province and not just in urban areas.

SABC News reporter Simphiwe Makhanya is at Mariannhill Toll Plaza:

Ntuli says a motorist was pulled over this morning on the N2 at Park Rynie for speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

“We are looking at compliance in terms of COVID regulations, but we are also looking at the technical control of vehicles. Drivers must have all the necessary papers that allow them to be on our roads. So those are all the things we are looking at. But we believe that we will also be helped by the community by complying with COVID-19 regulations.

Restrictions before the influx of people to vacation destinations:

Last night, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africans following a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country. He announced measures to reduce infections as the country enters the holiday season.

As of Monday, the total number of cumulative cases in the country had exceeded 850,000, with a total of virus-related deaths of more than 23,000.

Here are some of the measures announced by the President:

  • Garden Route and Sarah Bartmaan District Municipalities join Nelson Mandela Bay as COVID-19 hotspots
  • All public transport drivers must ensure passengers wear masks
  • All gatherings (including religious gatherings) should not exceed a capacity of 100 people indoors and 250 outdoors
  • Beaches and public parks:
  • Eastern Cape: all closed
  • Western Cape: Only Garden Route
  • KwaZulu-Natal: all closed on December 16, 25 and 26 as well as January 1, 2 and 3
  • No parties or festivals on the beaches, no New Years parties
  • Extended curfew hours from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Non-essential establishments, including restaurants and bars, must close at 10 p.m.
  • Limited alcohol sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday only
  • Alcohol consumption on all beaches and parks is strictly prohibited

The president added that all of the above will be considered in early January 2021 as part of the national state of disaster.

Eastern Cape beaches closed from tomorrow

Beachgoers in the Eastern Cape have had their wings cut following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s COVID-19 announcement last night that the province’s beaches will be closed from tomorrow to January 3, 2021. Today, it is is the last day for beach lovers to enjoy the sea and the sand.

Journalist Anda Nqonji is in Port Elizabeth:

Traffic volumes rise as holidaymakers head to KZN – SABC News

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