After two shark attacks in a very short period of time, the City of Cape Town government is now taking extra precautions and measures to help protect its citizens and visitors from sharks.
Councillor Marian Niewoudt, mayoral committee member for planning and environment, said, “This has resulted in a draft white shark and coastal recreation safety strategy which will be tabled for approval by the planning and environment portfolio committee, early in September.”
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has also become involved in the matter and is now recommending that Rescue Kits and additional supplies are available at every beach in the area. They are also recommending that more life guards who know how to use these kits to save lives be placed at some of the more popular beaches in the area.
“The city together with the NSRI and SA Lifesaving will hold regular simulation exercises,” Niewoudt said.
There have been rumors that the shark attacks were a result of cage diving but Gregg Oelofse, spokesperson for Cape Town’s environmental resource management, has said that this was not the case.
We will keep you posted if there are any more shark attacks in the Cape Town area.