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Respect road rules at Eid moon sighting

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Traffic authorities have issued an appeal to the Muslim community to respect the rules of the road, ahead of the mass gathering for the Eid moon sighting on Tuesday evening. Although weather conditions are not ideal, a crowd is expect to attend the annual event at the Sea Point Promenade in Three Anchor Bay. VOC will be conducting a live outside broadcast from 4pm, with the announcement for Eid-ul-Fitr expected after Maghrib.

The City of Cape Town has put measurements in place to secure a smooth traffic flow as workers in the CBD are expected to flock to the event after work. Richard Coleman from the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services says officials will be patrolling the area from 16h00. Road users are urged not to park on side-walks in the residential areas as well as obstructing driveways. Any cars found to be in these spaces will be impounded. He also asked motorists to keep a safe distance from cars when coming into the Sea Point area, due to the harsh weather.

“We will have a number of traffic officers on duty and there no stopping areas in place. Road closures will be set up, should the need arise,” he told VOC.

The no stopping areas include:
– Beach road (seaside) between Three Anchor Bay and Fort road.
– Beach road (sea side) and Three Anchor Bay road
– Beach road between Bill Peters Drive and Beach road at the south
– Three Anchor Bay road at the centre island
– Helen Suzman Boulevard between Granger Bay Boulevard and Beach road

“There is a drop and go section on Beach road between Three Anchor Bay and Fort road. However, we ask people not to park there.”

Parking is available at P3 and P4 parking areas.

“We ask motorists to not obstruct people’s drive-aways. We don’t want to tow people away,” urged Coleman.

“Officers will be on the lookout for people illegally parked. And assist them with parking.”

Organisers of the event have urged attendees to bring along their prayer mats and to avoid littering on the Promenade grass. It’s advisable to bring warm jackets and umbrellas along, to protect against the winter weather. The Cape Town weather office has forecast cloudy and rainy weather for this evening. VOC

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