Thousands of holidaymakers have descended on Durban’s beaches over the Reconciliation Day long weekend to cool off from the heat.

There is a strong police and beach security presence while lifeguards have had their hands full trying to monitor the thousands of beachgoers.

Locals and tourists say they are enjoying themselves with activities from soccer tournaments to sea cruises.

Durban is known for its sub-tropical climate and its beautiful beaches.

With schools now closed for the year, people started making their way to the beach from the early morning.

By the afternoon, Durban’s beachfront was packed, with happy holidaymakers.

Beachgoers with children have been encouraged to use the wrist tags that have the details of their parents in case the child gets lost.

Nontokozo Maphumulo says this is a helpful tool to keep their children safe.

“This is very important because everyone is coming to the beach with their families and children get lost during this busy time.”

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