Coast KZN


Sewage Spill

Many sewage works are based close to the coast and sewage spills within estuaries and the coastal zone may have significant health repercussions on plants, animals and people in these coastal environments. Approaches to remediation usually involve the cooperation of a number of government departments.

For sewage spills contact the respective Local Municipalities (see District Municipalities/ Metropolitan: King Cetshwayo, iLembe, eThekwini, Ugu)

Contact the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) (refer to contact table)

For a hazardous spill report to DFFE and EDTEA (refer to contact table).

For Section 30/30A incidents, for example sewage spills into a water course, please follow NEMA Section 30 to report (see links under Additional Information).

The responsibility for sewage spills in estuaries and along the coast was transferred to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) through the Integrated Coastal Management Act (Act No. 24 of 2008) (ICMA).

The discharge of any effluent into the coastal environment from a land-based process must be authorised by the DFFE.

Any discharge of land-based effluent to the coastal environment from an activity triggering any of the Listing Notices in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations under the NEMA, is subject to the applicable environmental authorisation by the DFFE and / or a Coastal Water Discharge Permit (CWDP).

A sewage spill in the estuary or along the coast should be reported to the DFFE, KZN EDTEA and the Local Municipality as well as DWS since collaboration between these groups is required.

What information to report and the procedure for reporting.

  • Name and contact details of person reporting

  • Date and time of observation

  • Details of observation

  • Location or relative position

  • Source /cause of pollution

  • Weather and sea conditions

Who to contact


Name Contact Numbers Email

Marine & Coastal
Pollution Management

Yazeed Petersen
(Director: Marine Pollution)
021 819 2450/
083 530 3127

Natasha Baijnath- Pillay
(CEO: Land Based Pollution)

021 819 2409/
072 173 6234



Legal Authorisations
Compliance Inspectorate

M. Dlulane
T. Dangazele 084 358 5197 tdangazele@
 DWS Ntombethu (Zethu) Makwabasa
(Acting Manager)
 031 336 2810 
Renelle Karen Pillay
(Water Quality Manager)
031 336 2742
EDTEA Boniswe Sithole
(Coastal and Marine Pollution)
033 897 6681/
084 868 7983
Alfred Matsheke
(Coastal Unit Manager)
033 897 6682/
082 330 2114

Report pollution incident to DFFE: 021 8192450/ 021 8192457

Share call to assist the public with environment related queries, call the DFFE Call Centre: 086 111 2468

For more information on the ICMA and NEMA, see Legislation under Governance

Additional Information

DEA: South African Water Quality Guidelines for Coastal Marine Waters (PDF)

Guidelines for Recreational Use: Vol 2

National Guideline for Discharge of Effluent from Land-Based Sources into the Coastal Environment (PDF)

Guidelines for Discharge of Effluent