Coast KZN

10 May 2018

North Beach now opened

The Mercury Picture: Engineers from eThekwini Municipality and a private contractor are replenishing the sand at North Beach. Sand will be filled in around the lifeguard tower which has been severely undermined by erosion, leaving its platform suspended in mid air. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency (ANA)

And now, some much needed good news for beach-goers. After two weeks of closure, North Beach is now open to locals and visitors alike.

The announcement was made by eThekwini Municipality after the beach had to be closed due to a maintenance project.

According to the city, sand pumping at North Beach has been a success with sufficient cubic metres of sand being achieved.

Two weeks ago, the municipality announced that portions of the beach had to be closed. Included on the list of beaches were; Dairy Beach, Country Club and Battery Beach to allow for sand pumping operations.

“Sand pumping operations are still currently underway with operation teams now moving to Dairy Beach to start the process. The public is reminded that during these operations, swimming and beach access will not be allowed in cordoned off areas due to sand pumping operations underway,” the city’s Mandla Nsele said.

He said residents are still urged to be patient during the process.

“The end result of the operations is to ensure an improved beach experience for all visitors,” he said.

As the sand pumping operations are still underway, beachgoers are encouraged to use alternative beaches nodes such as uShaka, Addington, New, Wedge and Bay of Plenty which are accessible for the public to use.