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The eThekwini Municipality has opened some of its beaches. Photo: Pe_Wu / Flickr

KZN floods latest: Durban beaches to remain closed over Easter weekend

Sorry holidaymakers, Durban’s beaches will remain closed over the Easter weekend as the city recovers from the flooding.

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The eThekwini Municipality has opened some of its beaches. Photo: Pe_Wu / Flickr

Durban Tourism recently revealed that the City’s beaches will be closed due to the torrential rains and flooding. Head of Durban Tourism Phillip Sithole stated that 16% of Easter weekend bookings in KwaZulu-Natal have already been cancelled.

The expected number of tourists has dropped by over 30,000

Sithole shared that 86,000 holidaymakers were expected to make their way to KZN. Now, that number has dropped to 50,000. This may seem like a high number, however, the province was depending on those visitors.

Sithole shared that a few big hotels reported occupation of around 50%. He explained that the province is ‘open for business’ and the promenades are available for walking, jogging and cycling.

“Some major hotels are still reporting occupation of around 50 percent, which is not bad compared to what we are experiencing now, which has been caused by the floods. So we are open for business, visitors can still come enjoy. The promenades are open to the public. If you want to cycle or do jogging, you can still do to all promenades in the City of Durban.”

Phillip Sithole, Durban Tourism
Durban beaches are a known tourist destination for people across the country and globe. Photo: Reeshni Chetty

Residents are attempting to clear beaches in Durban

At the moment, crews and volunteers are hard at work trying to clean the beaches up in Durban. The torrential rains washed debris onto the shore, thus pushing massive clean up efforts.

The floods, that claimed hundreds of lives, also pushed a fuel tanker onto the beachfront of the Durban Country Club earlier this week. Residents and businesses have joined efforts to clean the Bronze beach. 

This clean up is headed by Umhlanga UIP. Spokesperson Melanie Rosentine told ECR Newswatch that a lot of ground still needs to be covered but progress has been made.

“As the UIP, we supplied two 13 cubic skips, 50 large canvas bags, 22 additional staff and tree felling teams. A recycling company was on standby to cart the rubbish away once collected. eThekwini Municipality also deployed manpower and vehicles in their clean up efforts. Most of the plastic rubbish was cleared and the remaining natural vegetation will be cut up and be moved to the high water mark tomorrow,” said Rosentine.