- Scores of Capetonians flocked to the beaches as temperatures were expected to reach up to 44 degrees in some parts.
- Hundreds of people flooded Strandfontein Pavilion.
- A group of women, who were almost naked, were told off by lifeguards.
Capetonians came out in their numbers in extremely hot weather on Saturday to cool down in the sea, including a few “creative” nudists.
The popular Strandfontein Pavilion started filling up at 06:00 as scores of beachgoers flocked to get a premium spot close to the sea and massive tidal pool.
Beachgoers spoke to News24 about how they were keeping cool in the scorching weather.
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Washiela Abass, 50, said she had planned on doing her washing on Saturday, but quickly changed her mind when family members told her it was going to be over 30 degrees Celsius at the weekend.
“I prepared all the foods Friday night already. I fried the chicken late evening and packed everything ready, so that we could hit the road early on Saturday morning,” said Abass.
She said they were on the road at 06:00 already and managed to get a “lekka spot” just in front of the tidal pool.
“We made sure to pack in our huge umbrella, which is coming in handy right now as the sun is really starting to peak. I’m just happy to be out in the open and seeing everyone enjoying themselves while splashing in the waters,” she said.
Gershwin Philander and his family arrived at the beach just after 09:00 and said he was surprised there was still parking.
“My daughter, Lauren, was nagging to go to the beach. We did not plan on coming to the beach at all, but when we woke up this morning, the weather was just too nice, so we packed our beach stuff and came down to cool off and enjoy the sun. We will be here for the rest of the day,” said Philander.
Sitting on their beach chairs in the sun, with huge sunhats, northern suburbs residents Christell and Earnest Adendorff said they were enjoying the scenery.
“I’m so glad we decided to come this side of the world to be by the sea. I’m enjoying myself in the sun and the slight breeze is making me very happy,” said Christell.
She added that she had stocked up on water and juices to be hydrated.
“I’m not one for going into the water, even though I do have my bather on, but just sitting and enjoying the scenery is wonderful for me,” she said.
Scores of people came out to enjoy the hot weather at the beach.
Miriam Musset, Victoria Scott and Beatrice Daniels enjoying the hot weather in Cape Town.
The Abass family say have been at the beach very early on Saturday morning to get a ‘lekka’ spot.
Beachgoers keep cool with their umbrellas.
Some kids were out enjoying swimming lessons with their coaches.
Swimming lessons for the kids at Strandfontein Pavilion.
Life guards were on duty, patrolling up and down on the beach to make sure that people were safe.
Two lifeguards approached a group of females, who had been tanning almost naked in the sun on the open beach, and asked them to please cover themselves as little kids were running around.
The ladies, who asked not to be identified, said they didn’t see anything wrong with being naked on the beach.
They used what they had at their disposal – an open book, a folded towel and even a pile of wet sand – to cover their groin areas.
“We live in a democratic country; I am entitled to lay naked and tan. Our lady bits are covered, so what’s the problem?” said the woman.
“No one was bothering us, and we weren’t bothering anyone. So many people were even applauding us for being what they call ‘brave’.”
The lifeguards said they were glad to see no “commotion” happening on the beach and that people were having fun.
The City of Cape Town’s Identikidz programme staff members were visible on the beach. They tagged registered children, who were then issued with an armband, with their parents or caregivers’ contact details.
Lucinda Isaacs, 34, said she and her family were planning to stay at the beach the whole day to soak up the sun.
“I’m getting into the water soon with my two-piece and I’m going to live my best life in those waters,” giggled Isaacs.
The Appolis family chose to enjoy the hot day at their family pool in Strandfontein.
People arriving at the beach with their beach goodies.
Kids bringing along their fun toys for the water.
Law Enforcement were out patrolling the beach.
Identikidz staff tagging kids with armbands at the Strandfontein Pavilion beach.
Gershwin and his family came from Grassy Park to enjoy the hot weather at the beach.
Washiela Abass and the family were up early to get to the beach.
Capetonians came out in their numbers to enjoy the extremely hot weather on Saturday as temperatures are expected to reach up to 44 degrees Celsius in parts of the Western Cape.
Beatrice Daniels, Victoria Scott and Miriam Musset decided to do a girls’ trip to Oudekraal Beach in Cape Point.
“We packed up our beach outfits, snacks and cool drinks early this morning and will be tanning for the rest of the day at this beautiful beach. The weather is just too vibey to be at home. People around us are happy to be out, but I think my girls and I are more excited to be out and in the water with the sun beaming on our faces,” said Daniels.
Meanwhile, others decided to stay away from public places to rather enjoy the weather in the comfort of their own homes.
The Appolis family told News24 they would be spending the hot day at home to make use of their pool.
“Not only is it safer, but we avoid the traffic congestion and lots of people around us. It’s just as much fun swimming at our home with family members. We definitely don’t have any regrets,” said Kelly Appolis.
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