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Some KZN beaches still closed due to high levels of E-coli in the water

While several KZN beaches had reopened since last week, beaches north of the uMgeni River to Salt Rock remain closed.

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Some beaches are still closed in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday after abnormal E-coli levels were found in the water last week.


eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela said while several beaches had reopened, beaches north of the uMgeni River to Salt Rock remain closed.

“The public is implored to be patient as the closure of these beaches is in the interest of their safety.”

Mayisela said teams conducted tests on Battery Beach on Thursday.

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“The outcomes of these tests will determine if the beach will be safe to reopen to the public.”

He added that sewerage pumps that were responsible for the high levels of bacteria at beaches had been fixed.

“Vandalism is one of the reasons that led to the malfunctioning of the pumps. The City appeals to the public to report any criminal activity or vandalism on City infrastructure.”

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Mayisela last week said the decision to close several of the beaches was 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.”