A massive clean-up operation is underway at all Durban beaches following tidal waves that battered the Durban beachfront leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
The unusual high swells are said to have been caused by very strong South Westerly winds on Sunday, 12 March 2017, that resulted in the waves washing over the Durban beach promenade embankment.
EThekwini Municipality began major clean-up operations at 06h00 on 13 March 2017 and the areas being prioritised include the commercial zone outside the beachfront restaurants.
Acting MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, together with eThekwini Chairperson for Community Services Committee, Councillor Zama Sokhabase, led the disaster teams in assessing the damage.
“The rough seas have caused some damage largely on some of the infrastructure along eThekwini’s coastline. We have taken stock of the damage and we deployed additional teams to speedily restore the situation back to normality. We are grateful that the worst is over; however, we will continue to monitor the situation. We urge communities to heed the advice that at this point they must restrain themselves in visiting the beaches until we it is safer to do so,” said Acting MEC for Cogta Sithole-Moloi.
The costs of the damage will be calculated as soon as assessments have been completed. Some sections of piers and promenade remain closed to the public due to unsafe conditions.
All Durban beaches including the Battery Beach, Country Club Beach and eThekwini Beach will remain inaccessible to beachgoers until the rising spring tide completely subsides.
“Officials from the Durban Solid Waste and Parks Department are working along all affected beaches cleaning up debris, litter and large volumes of sea sand that has been washed up on the promenade and car park area. We are appealing to beachgoers to heed the warning of lifeguards and refrain from swimming until beaches have been re-opened,” said Councillor Sokhabase.
A 24 hour patrol has been put in place in the interest of safety.
Issued by Ethekwini Municipality: For more information contact – Vuyo Ndlovu on 0732505704 or Lennox Mabaso on 0828842403 or Msawakhe Mayisela 0609664220.