Jan 20, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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A guide to open beaches in Durban as E. coli levels decrease

At least 16 beaches in Durban and the surrounding area remain open to the public after eThekwini Municipality closed several last week for E. coli in the water.

The municipality announced that their latest tests have shown Lower E. coli levels, which suggests that the bacteria associated with the sewage have decreased.

All affected beaches will remain closed for bathing and all other sports activities. The public is encouraged to use other beaches that are bacteria-free.

On Friday, the community closed the six beaches – South Beach, North Beach, Bay of Plenty Beach, Sun Coast Beach, Country Club Beach and Umgeni Beach – after the beaches reopened the day before.

On Tuesday, eThekwini spokeswoman Msawakhe Mayisela said the following beaches will remain open to the public:

Northern Beaches:

  • Umhlanga Main;
  • Bronze Beach;
  • Westbrook Beach; and
  • Umdloti Beach.

Central beaches:

  • Point Beach;
  • Ushaka Beach;
  • Addington Beach; and
  • Wedge Beach.

Cliffs:

  • • Brighton Beach; and
  • • Ansteys Beach.

Southern Beaches:

  • • Reunion Park Beach;
  • • Pipeline Beach;
  • • Amanzimtoti Main Beach;
  • • Warner Beach;
  • • Winkle Beach; and
  • • Umgababa Beach.

Mayisela said work on installing a new transformer in the Johanna Road sewage pumping station has started and is at an advanced stage.

This came after the community said “unacceptable” levels of E. coli bacteria were found in seawater after “vandalism” at a pumping station.

“The Pump is expected to be in full swing later this week. Closing beaches is not intended to frustrate the public, but is a precaution by the city to protect itself from the population bearing the brunt of the contaminated water from disease. “

More tests are expected than eThekwini rushes to restore one of its major tourist attractions.