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Durban’s beaches have reopened. Photo: canva

All Durban beaches have been reopened – except one

The eThekwini Municipality has made the decision to open the city’s beaches once more. Here are the details…

durban beaches

Durban’s beaches have reopened. Photo: canva

Durban beaches reopen

Beach-goers are once again safe to head to Durban’s many beautiful beaches, now that the eThekwini Municipality has reopened them for public use.

The municipality confirmed on Tuesday, 31 October that 22 of the city’s beaches have been reopened after they were temporarily closed for two weeks.

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The decision to close the beaches was made after the recent heavy rains in the province resulted in murky waters filled with logs and debris, causing most of the shark nets in the water to be damaged and making the beaches unsafe for the public to use.

“All water activities are prohibited. However, residents can still enjoy other activities along the beach that do not require them to come into contact with sea water,” eThekwini Municipality had said in a statement.

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One remains closed

While 22 of Durban’s beaches have been reopened for swimming and water activities, Warner Beach still remains closed.

“Only Warner Beach remains closed. All beaches were recently closed after the Natal Sharks Board advised the City to do so. The downpour caused shark nets at most beaches to break, making beaches unsafe for bathing,” the municipality said.

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According to East Coast Radio, the city’s spokesperson, Gugu Sisilana said that the public was reminded that the municipality is constantly monitoring the water quality at all beaches to ensure the safety of residents and tourists.

“The municipality has started a process of joint sampling of beach water quality with Adopt-a-River. This is a non-profit organisation whose samples are tested by an independent laboratory, Talbot. This is to enable credible comparison of test results in the interests of transparency and public safety.” Sisilana said.