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Durban - The City of uMhlathuze has alerted its residents in rural KwaZulu-Natal that they should refrain from its beaches for safety reasons in Richards Bay or Mtunzini areas after shark nets were lifted from the sea.

"The City received a correspondence from the KZN Sharks Board informing us that there is an imminent labour dispute with their employees and shark nets has been removed in our shores," the City said in a statement.

"We, therefore, alerting all beachgoers, bathers, surfers and all members of the public to refrain from getting into our beaches until such time that we inform them. This is for their own safety."

Zululand Observer reports that the labour dispute was related to a wage disagreement and that solid red flags were flying on KZN beaches.

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