The City of Cape Town's Identikidz project, which registers and issues young beach visitors with an identification armband, has once again proved its effectiveness. Nearly 18 000 children were tagged at 14 City beaches over the long weekend, and reunited 47 lost children with their parents or caregivers. Read more below:
‘The City's Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department and the Disaster Risk Management Centre are once again going the extra mile with the Identikidz project to ensure our youngest bathers remain safe while having fun in the sun and surf,' said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.
The long weekend ended well for the 47 lost children who were reunited with their parents. They were just a few of the 17 738 children who were registered with the Identikidz project.
The City's beaches are popular recreation spots during the festive season and the programme ensures the safety of young children who may get lost, disorientated in the crowds or wander away from their parents or caregivers.
'Teams are deployed at 14 of our beaches and children who arrive at the beach are registered and issued with an armband bearing the contact details of their parent or caregiver. In the event that the child is separated from their family, the armband then helps City staff or the police to reunite the child with their family. It also provides a measure of reassurance and peace of mind for both children and their families, making for a more enjoyable day at the beach,' explained Councillor Badroodien.
Some of the beaches which registered the most children were Monwabisi (2 572), Strand (2 440), and Mnandi (1 881).
During the previous festive season, more than 43 281 children were tagged and 471 displaced children were reunited with their parents after they were separated.
In the event that a child’s family is not tracked down by the end of the day, the child will be handed over to the Western Cape Department of Social Development.
'I want to encourage families to register their children at the participating beaches as soon as they arrive. It takes a few minutes and could potentially save all involved a lot of anxiety and stress later. Identikidz helps to ensure that a trip to the beach leaves you only with happy memories and sand between your toes,' said Councillor Badroodien.
The above was supplied by the Media Office, City of Cape Town on 20/12/2018.
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