Beaches still closed as clean up begins

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ETHEKWINI Municipality is conducting a clean-up operation on Durban beaches following the weekend’s high swells, while some areas remain no-go until further notice.

Believed to be caused by heavy south-westerly winds, the waves breached some embankments and washed over promenades, particularly along North Beach.

The costs of the damage to infrastructure has not yet been finalised, but assessments have been done.

Twenty-four patrols are in place to ensure safety along some beaches. Certain sections of some beaches are closed for safety, with Battery Beach, Country Club Beach and eThekwini Beach are inaccessible until the Spring tide wanes.

Led by acting MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Bongi Sithole-Moloi and eThekwini chairman of community services committee, Zama Sokhabase, the clean-up operations began at 6am on Monday, 13 March, with a focus on commercial areas outside beachfront restaurants.

“We have taken stock of the damage and we deployed additional teams to speedily restore the situation back to normality. We are grateful that the worst is over; however, we will continue to monitor the situation. We urge communities to heed the advice that at this point they must restrain themselves in visiting the beaches until it is safer to do so,” said Sithole-Moloi.

Some people were washed off their feet while watching the rough seas and caution is urged.

“Officials from Durban Solid Waste and the parks department are working along all affected beaches, cleaning up debris, litter and large volumes of sea sand that has been washed up on the promenade and car park area. We appeal to beachgoers to heed the warning of lifeguards and refrain from swimming until beaches have been re-opened,” said Sokhabase.

Watch the videos here: Durban beach closed due to high waves

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Erin Hanekom

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