Minister Winde's Ten Tips for a Safer Summer Season
Media Statement by Alan Winde, Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism
Over this summer season, we would like to welcome all visitors to the Western Cape. The enjoyment and wellbeing of our guests, and locals alike, is of paramount importance to us.
In line with this, we have implemented a comprehensive Tourism Safety and Support Programme with links to the South African Police Service, international consulates and local tourism industry stakeholders that offers support to tourists that have been affected by injury or crime.
We are doing all that we can to keep our tourists safe. To make the Western Cape an even better tourist destination, visitors and locals of the Western Cape must also take responsibility for their safety.
In all countries, there are a few basic precautions that tourists should take to ensure that their stay is as safe as possible. This summer season, I would like to urge holidaymakers to follow these ten practical safety tips:
- Always carry a copy of your travel documents and keep the originals in a safe place. Report lost documents immediately.
- Do not carry large sums of cash and be vigilant while drawing money at the ATM and always keep your card in sight when paying for food or goods.
- Never leave your luggage unattended and keep your hotel room locked at all times.
- Plan your route before leaving your accommodation, and consult a visitor centre or your concierge about a reliable taxi service.
- Do not leave valuables in your motor vehicle and when on the road, keep your doors locked.
- Never pick up strangers and if you're lost, ask for directions at the nearest police station, business or petrol station
- Pay attention to speed limits, road signs and traffic markings and do not drive drunk. The Western Cape has zero-tolerance policy against road offenders.
- Do not take valuables to the beach, swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard and reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
- When hiking, drink plenty of water throughout the day, always inform someone about the route you're taking and carry a map. If a criminal confronts you, hand over your goods and remain calm.
- At night, remain in well-lit areas, be aware of spiked drinks and do not carry or wear valuable items.
This advice applies to travellers going to any country in the world as they are basic precautionary measures.
In the unfortunate and unlikely event that a tourist is the target of crime, he or she should call the police immediately on 10111.