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Some Durban beaches will be closed for the long weekend

Some Durban beaches will be closed for the long weekend

eThekwini Municipality has warned holiday makers that beaches north of the uMngeni river as far as Salt Rock will remain closed this long weekend after the chemical spill that occurred when a warehouse was torched during the recent unrest.

“The public is reminded that the beaches north of the uMngeni River up to Salt Rock remain closed as a precautionary measure due to the spill that occurred when a chemical warehouse in Cornubia was torched during the recent unrest,” eThekwini Municipality said in a statement on Thursday.

“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, swimming, bait collection and picking up of dead species. Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited as they have been exposed to toxic chemicals and could be harmful to human health.”

The municipality said that the warning and temporary closure of the beaches would remain in place until the threat of danger had abated. 

“Results of samples taken are due back from specialist laboratories next week, after which authorities will reassess the temporary closure of the beaches and related activities. The public are asked to be patient and comply with requests from authorities. Any inconvenience is regretted however the safety of the public is of utmost importance,” the municipality said.

“A chemical clean-up company has been appointed to clean up the spill as well as any contamination. Specialised clean-up crews are on site to deal with the collection and disposal of dead species in a responsible manner.”

The municipality added that local authorities were continuously monitoring beaches to determine the extent of the impact of the spill.

“Thus far, there has been a fish kill in the oHlanga estuary and its adjacent beach area, with washing up of dead species up to uMdloti Beach,” the municipality said.

The public has been urged to report any further contamination or fish kill to 083 253 6618. The municipality’s Environmental Health Unit can also be contacted on 031 311 3555 during office hours to report any pollution matters or complaints.


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