Coast KZN

08 Dec 2022

Several beaches open in Durban, says eThekwini Municipality

(Northglen News) Picture: According to the eThekwini Municipality, only three beaches remain closed due to water quality concerns.

The festive season is in full swing and Durban’s beaches are the major talking point this December as the eThekwini Municipality races against time to solve the sewage crisis. Several beaches across the eThekwini coastline have been affected by high E coli levels following the floods earlier this year, which resulted in the loss of more than 440 lives and caused billions of rands worth of damage to infrastructure, including to the sewerage network across Durban.

City Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda says the municipality had to fast-track repairs to the flood-damaged sewerage infrastructure, which forced the closure of several beaches on Durban’s south and north coasts.

However, last week, water quality tests by the eThekwini Municipality and independent water treatment company Talbot revealed that some beaches were safe for reopening and for beachgoers to swim. According to municipal spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela says the City is constantly monitoring water quality at all beaches to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.

Open beaches

According to the eThekwini Municipality, Point, uShaka, Addington, South, Wedge, North, Bay of Plenty, Battery, Country Club, Brighton and Pipeline along Durban’s Golden Mile are open.

On the KZN south coast, Toti Main and Warner beaches are open.

On the KZN north coast, uMdloti beach is open.

Closed beaches

On the KZN north coast, uMhlanga Main and Bronze beaches are closed.

On the KZN south coast, Reunion Beach is closed.

“In addition to the beaches, 21 swimming pools are open in Durban to enable residents and visitors to enjoy the warm weather. They are Rainham, Durban North, Pipeline paddling, Tiger Rocks, Anstey’s, Westville, Kings Park indoor, Kings Park Outdoor, Stanmore, Umlazi D, LT King, Bayview, Arena Park, Alex Bulley, Lamontville, Lahee Park, Ntuzuma, Sutton Park, South Beach Paddling, Tesoriere and Umgababa,” Mayisela says.