PORTIONS of North Beach, Dairy Beach, Country Club and Battery Beach have been closed to the public to allow for sand pumping operations for a duration of about four weeks.
During this operation, bathing and beach use will not be allowed in the closed off areas.
Ethekwini Municipality engineering unit’s coastal, stormwater and catchment management (CSCM) department urged beachgoers to be patient during this process and to comply with the temporary restrictions.
Deputy head of CSCM, Randeer Kasserchun said sand from south of the harbour will be dredged and transferred to Durban central beaches through sand pumping operations. He said the city prided itself on the maintenance of its beaches.
Kasserchun added there is a current severe shortage of sand on the beaches which will be closed for sand replenishment. “If sand is not pumped onto the identified beaches, they may have to be closed for bathing as the safety of bathers will be at risk,” he said.
Beach replenishment at these locations will be undertaken through an off-shore system. Sand and water samples will be assessed for water and sand quality. This emergency sand replenishment process, a joint operation between the city and Transnet, has been approved by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
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