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Surfs up! eThekwini announces opening of several beaches

Several beaches across Durban have been re-opened after tests indicated that E-Coli levels were within acceptable standards. Picture: Puri Devjee

Several beaches across Durban have been re-opened after tests indicated that E-Coli levels were within acceptable standards. Picture: Puri Devjee

Published Jul 1, 2022

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Durban - Several beaches across Durban have been re-opened after tests indicated that E-Coli levels were now within acceptable standards.

The City shut access to the beaches following heavy rains in April.

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At the time, the City said the closure was due to hazardous conditions and banned all water activities, however, the promenades remained opened to the public.

Spokesperson for eThekwini Municipality, Msawakhe Mayisela said the public can now enjoy bathing and other sporting activities at these beaches.

"The City decided to close all beaches in April due to high levels of E-Coli in the water following the floods

“Water tests were conducted daily to monitor the E-Coli levels to ensure they reach acceptable standards. The latest test results carried out at all beaches revealed that some beaches are still affected, while other are at an acceptable standard and are ready for public use," he said.

Beaches opened for swimming and water activities:

Amanzimtoti

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Warner

uMgababa

uMhlanga Rocks

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uMdloti

Addington

Bronze

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Bay of Plenty

Wedge

North

Country Club

uShaka

Battery

Southern

Vetch Pier (Point)

Meanwhile, Mayisela said there are still some beaches closed for swimming, but opened for religious and spiritual rituals, walking dogs and fishing purposes:

They are:

uMkomaas

Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse

Beachwood Mangroves

uMdloti beach tidal area

Casuarina in oThongathi

Granny’s Pool

Beachwood

eThekwini

Suncoast beach

"The City will continue to monitor the rest of the beaches and inform the public once levels of E-Coli have decreased to standards that are safe for the public to enjoy it," Mayisela said.

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