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Cape officials warn of increased shark activity

Yesterday, the city's shark spotters launched their 2016 summer safety programme.

Picture: Sara Andreotti

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town is calling on beachgoers to help maintain safety, as shark activity is expected to increase in coming days.

Yesterday, the city's shark spotters launched their 2016 summer safety programme.

The change in seasons is resulting in rising water temperatures, which the city warns typically leads to an increase in shark activity around public beaches.

About 30 shark spotters and 10 net crews have been deployed to operate across eight Cape Town beaches until April next year.

Johan van der Merwe, Cape Town mayoral committee member for environmental planning, has called on residents to use caution when visiting beaches.