Coast KZN

14 Mar 2017

Beaches closed as city counts cost of tidal wave damage

CNS Reporter (The Citizen)

Some of the concrete slabs destroyed by the heavy winds.

Durban beaches remain closed to the public while officials assess the cost of damage to infrastructure caused by high seas.

Clean up operations along Durban’s beachfront will continue today as authorities determine the extent of the damage caused by tidal waves that battered the promenade on Sunday.

eThekwini Municipality began the major clean-up operations at 6am on Monday, paying particular attention to the areas outside the restaurants that make up the commercial zone along the beach promenade.  Acting MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, together with eThekwini Chairperson for Community Services Committee, Councillor Zama Sokhabase, led the disaster teams in assessing the damage.

“The rough seas have caused damage largely to some of the infrastructure along eThekwini’s coastline. We have taken stock of the damage and 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,” said acting MEC of Cogta Sithole-Moloi who went on to urge the public to stay away from the beaches which would remain closed.

“The costs of the damage will be calculated as soon as assessments have been completed. Some sections of piers and promenade remain closed to the public due to unsafe conditions. All Durban beaches including the Battery Beach, Country Club Beach and eThekwini Beach will remain inaccessible to beachgoers until the rising spring tide completely subsides.”
“Officials from the Durban Solid Waste and Parks Department are working along all affected beaches cleaning up debris, litter and large volumes of sand that has been washed up on the promenade and car park area. We are appealing to beachgoers to heed the warning of lifeguards and refrain from swimming until beaches have been re-opened,” said Councillor Sokhabase.

A 24 hour patrol has been put in place in the interest of safety.


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