Durban – Several Durban beaches have been closed and are expected to remain closed for the next two weeks after they were found to be polluted with medical waste.
Municipal spokesman Thulani Mbatha said in a statement on Wednesday that beaches from the Umgeni rivermouth through Beachwood, Virginia and Glenashley had been closed for the next two weeks while clean up operations continue.
He said the medical waste appeared to have washed up onto the shore.
“Municipal officials are working around the clock to ensure that all the waste is removed from the beach. It is estimated that the clean-up operations will take up to two weeks to complete. In the interest of safety, all residents are advised to use alternative beaches until it is safe to use the affected beaches.”
At a press conference on Durban’s Blue Lagoon beach where the waste was found in among debris that had been washed up on the beach, the Thembinkosi Ngcobo, the municipality’s head of parks, said that a member of the public had alerted officials to the medical waste.