Durban beaches

Beaches north of Durban are closed again. Image Pexels

Durban beaches: Closed again…

Several beaches in KwaZulu Natal’s (KZN) eThekwini Municipality have again been closed until further notice.

Durban beaches

Beaches north of Durban are closed again. Image Pexels

And no, high e-coli counts in the seawater are not to blame this time. Many of the municipality’s beaches have been closed to the public after heavy rains over the past weekend.

The eThekwini municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has announced that all beaches north and south of the city are closed until further notice. The only beach that remains open to the public in the southern region is Umgababa Beach.

However, all of Durban’s central beaches remain open and safe for swimming during this period.

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According to EWN, the municipality has declared beaches in the affected areas unsafe for swimming.

It said that all water-related activities are prohibited at beaches affected by flooding.

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The metro said that heavy rains have resulted in several areas being waterlogged. Debris has also been washed into the rivers and the sea.

The decision to close beaches comes after damaging heavy rains over the weekend, impacting the water quality in most of the region.

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Last month high e-coli levels in Durban’s seawater led to beach closures. This impacted the local economy since a number of tourists avoided the city due to health and safety concerns.

The coastal city’s latest beach closures are unlikely to have dire effects on the city’s economy as the holidays have drawn to a close.  

Most South Africans will return to work on Monday 15 January as the “working year” kicks off this week. The state-run schools across the country will also reopen this week.

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