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There was no bomb - it was an emergency drill at Baywest Mall

Jun 6, 2017
There was no bomb - it was an emergency drill at Baywest Mall

It was all an emergency drill. At 9am on Tuesday morning, Baywest Mall, with the cooperation of the South African Police Service, executed an emergency drill involving the full evacuation of the centre.

"The aim of the drill was to test the mall’s readiness in the event of a security threat," described Baywest Mall general manager, Troy Zunckel.

"The drill commenced with a mock threat about a 'bomb' in the food court, which was made via telephone to centre management. The centre management team immediately alerted SAPS via the 10111 emergency call centre and all tenants and shoppers were evacuated to safety at assembly points outside the centre.

"Officers from the Kabega Park police station were on the scene within minutes as well as members of the K9 unit and explosive unit." 

Traffic officers were also on hand to manage the flow of vehicles onto access roads around the mall, with emergency medical services personnel providing additional support.

During the evacuation and search procedures, members of the security team found the “suspicious parcel”, which was then removed from the food court by officers from the explosive unit.

"The entire simulation took less than 45 minutes, no one was injured in the process and trading resumed as normal thereafter.

"Baywest Mall conducts these emergency procedures as a matter of compliance with national health and safety regulations. Centre management apologises for any inconvenience caused," said Zunckel.

"The mall takes the safety of shoppers very seriously and is proud to continue its good working relationship with SAPS, which includes having an officer stationed at the Baywest info desk."