Coast KZN

06 May 2019

Floods wash loads of litter onto beaches

Sugan Naidoo ( South Coast Herald) Picture: Clearing huge amounts of plastic from the Port Shepstone beach, at Mbango last Saturday are (from left) Anandh Badrinath, Sibyl McNally and Dave Lucey.

As communities throughout KwaZulu-Natal take stock in the aftermath of the flood damage last week, the spotlight has been turned on the amount of waste that has washed up along the KZN coastline.

Thousands of volunteers throughout KZN got together and collected bags upon bags of plastic waste. Here in Port Shepstone, the Sai Centre in Marburg heeded the call to have Mbango beach cleaned up and the support was overwhelming.

Morgan Naidoo, chairman of the Umbango River Conservancy, said the extent of pollution that washed out of the Mbango River in Port Shepstone is shocking.

Plastic is destroying the environment. These plastic packets and bottles were picked up at Mbango last Saturday.


“The debris is obviously the indiscriminate and blatant pollution by residents who live along the Umbango river. It is possible that some of the culprits are also from businesses who use the river as a dumping outlet. Plastic in every form was picked up by group of volunteers who decided to make a difference. Plastic in the ocean is an international problem and is a killer of ocean life. I appeal to all to lessen pollution and start recycling,” said Mr Naidoo.