Several beaches in KwaZulu-Natal will be closed for the long weekend after abnormal E-coli levels were found in the water.
eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said the City would like to inform the public that central beaches are closed for bathing and any other sporting activity, with immediate effect.
“This decision is in the interest of the safety of residents and tourists. This follows signs of beyond normal E-coli levels in the water. The city moved with speed to conduct tests after seeing murky waters in some beaches and results showed a positive presence of these bacteria.
He said teams are currently hard at work on a malfunctioning sewer pump station that is constantly vandalised for scrap metals and work is at an advanced stage to remedy the situation.
· Pipeline beach
· Amanzimtoti main beach
· Warner beach
· Winkelspruit beach
· Reunion beach
· Umgababa beach
All beaches north of the Umgeni River up to Salt Rock, remain closed.
“The city is appealing to the public not to embark on any activity until the water quality has been determined as safe and an official communication from the city has been issued in this regard.”
Mayisela said beaches were closed in July as a precautionary measure following a chemical spill that contaminated the Ohlange River and Umhlanga Lagoon.
“The city is aware of the significance of this long weekend, but it has a responsibility of guarding against anything that poses a threat to the public and tourists.
“At this point in time, eThekwini is awaiting the final and signed off a report from UPL’s specialists. This requirement came out of a workshop with UPL and their specialists on the 8th September 2021.”
He furthermore said the submissions received prior to this workshop were inadequate.
“They did not reference the spill or site in question and were riddled with errors about the concentrations of toxins. In some cases, the submissions were unsigned, and as a result, they were unacceptable and rejected on that basis.”
A consolidated report is expected early next week, after which an independent peer-review process will take place.
“The final report on beach opening will be made available to the public at the same time it is sent for peer review.
“The public are asked to be patient and comply with requests from authorities. Any inconvenience is regretted; however, the safety of the public is of utmost importance.”