Thousands enjoy the sun and sea

Residents enjoy the waves at Mnandi Beach.

Mitchell’s Plain beaches were buzzing with activity as thousands of people hit the waves, tanned or just enjoyed the views of the ocean over the festive season.

The sand at Mitchell’s Plain’s two blue flag beaches, Strandfontein Pavilion and Mnandi beach, were filled with sun-umbrellas and people young and old wearing colourful bathing costumes.

Making the most of the sunny weather, residents made their way to the beach by car or by foot – with hundreds seen walking more than 2km with family and friends over the Baden Powell bridge with their cooler bags filled with breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day.

For many residents it is compulsory to head to the beach during the festive period.

EleanorSeptember,from Ottery, spent Friday December 30 at Strandfontein Pavilion with her family.

“Oh, how I love the beach,” she told the Plainsman. “It is calming, and very exciting for the children.

“Even though the beaches are full, it’s still enjoyable. We make sure we are here during the festive season because the kids are on holiday and they have a blast,” she said.

Ms September said she makes sure that she packs in enough food for the children, because all they do is swim and eat.

“When we go to the beach, we go prepared. I pack in enough towels, food and most importantly snacks, because the kids nibble all day. Other than that, I make sure I take a dip in the water and get a lekker tan,” she said.

MarlenePlaatjies, from Westridge said her family enjoyed visiting the beach and specifically liked the tidal pool at Strandfontein Pavillion.

“We have a beautiful beach in our backyard, so why not enjoy it? We have been at the beach twice in one week and the children love it. The tidal pool is safe and it is easy for parents to see their children. I would like to say to everyone, happy new year and be safe,” she said.