THE HUCTO HERALD JANUARY 2017
Joint operation to clean up the Falls precinct
A WELL-ATTENDED meeting of concerned residents and traders worried about Howick losing millions of rands in tourist revenue, agreed on January 17 to activate a Tourism Safety Action Group to clean up crime and grime in the Howick Falls precinct.
Called under the auspices of the Love Howick Initiative after recent incidents of crime and other acts of unlawfulness in and around Goddard Park, the meeting attracted representatives from private security companies, the uMngeni Municipality, the Howick-uMngeni Community Tourism Organisation, informal traders at the view site, monthly market stall-holders, hoteliers and café owners.
The meeting decided to establish 13 action teams aimed at rejuvenating the area. They include sifting out illegal car guards who harass motorists, and enforcing prosecution on unruly, drunken weekend revellers who take over Goddard Park. Regular patrols by police, security officers and volunteers are planned to ensure law enforcement.
The public toilets urgently need refurbishing and more litter bins are required. It was proposed that a Green Team be established to lead hikers along the Gorge Walk, which has been badly affected by reports of muggings.
Love Howick co-ordinator Rob Askew said that it was a wonderful opportunity for volunteers with the required expertise to join forces and improve the situation. “We want to make this a safe and friendly pedestrian and tourist area, as it used to be,” he said. “And we also want to promote the spirit of volunteerism.”
Anyone wishing to become involved in this initiative can contact Rob on cell: 081 762 7788,or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bumper December with more than 33 000 arrivals!
December was a bumper month for tourists visiting Howick with 33 575 visitors counted at the Falls view site – even though the HUCTO staff were given the day off on Christmas Day. The total was 52% up on November’s count of 22 095 and fractionally lower than in December 2015 (33 851).
The average daily count worked out at 1 119 and on weekdays 900, while the average for days over weekends was 1 415. Busiest day was Boxing Day with 2 533 arrivals.
The number of foreign visitors for December was 2 110, substantially more than in December 2015 (1 253). The top four foreign groups were Germany 491 (16 tour groups), Holland 215, England 256 and the USA 113. Other foreign tour groups were from Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Jamaica, Malta, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, France and the Seychelles.
OUR THANKS TO HARVARD HOUSE FOR THEIR CONTINUED SPONSORSHIP OF THIS PROJECT
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON 13 FEBRUARY
The annual general meeting of HUCTO will be held on Monday, 13 February 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Old Agricultural Hall (next to the Museum and opposite the Howick Falls Hotel).
Members are urged to do their best to attend in order to show their support.
HUCTO is a member of Open Africa, N3 Gateway Tourism and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, and is registered with the uMngeni Municipality