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26 May 2022

World Ocean Day event cancelled due to state of Durban beaches

(Northglen News) Picture: he swim was timed to coincide with World Oceans Day, and it is a major fundraiser for Breathe Conservation, which educates the public about the impact of single-use plastics on our oceans.

After the devastating ‘May Floods’, organisers of the Consol Breathe World Oceans Day Swim have decided to postpone the event. The event is scheduled for next Saturday, June 4.

With the current circumstances in the ocean off the Durban coast, event organiser and environmental activist Sarah Ferguson believed the event could not go forward.

“Raw sewage is running into the ocean due to broken pipes, so we have made the difficult choice to postpone our event for the safety of our swimmers. We will host the event when we get clarity on when it will be safe to swim in the ocean again,” Ferguson said.

According to Ferguson, those who have entered the swim will be contacted about reimbursements or will be given the opportunity to carry their entry over to the new date.

Visit www.breatheconservation.org for more information.