Media alert: KwaDukuza Southern beaches remain closed as part of a precautionary measure

Date: 08/05/2021

Residents and Stakeholders are reminded that the beaches from the Tongaat River to Salt Rock are still closed as a precautionary measure as a result of the spill that occurred when a chemical warehouse in Cornubia was torched during the recent unrest.

The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, swimming, bait collection and picking up of dead species. Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in these areas is temporarily prohibited as they have been exposed to toxic chemicals and could be harmful to human health. This warning and temporary closure of beaches remains in place until the threat has been determined to be abated.

Results of samples taken are due back from specialist laboratories sometime in the next week, after which authorities will reassess the temporary closure of the beaches and related activities. Members of the public are asked to be patient and comply with requests from authorities. Any inconvenience is regretted – however, the safety of all life is of utmost importance.

The municipality has been advised that a chemical clean-up company has been appointed to clean the spill as well as to render decontamination services. Specialized clean-up crews are on site to deal with the collection and disposal of dead species in a responsible manner.

Authorities are continuously monitoring the area to determine the extent of the impact of the spill. Thus far, there has been a fish kill in the oHlanga estuary and its adjacent beach area, with washing up of dead species up to uMdloti Beach.

Please report any further Contamination or Fish Kill to 083 253 6618.

The Marine Safety Unit can also be contacted on steveh@kwadukuza.gov.za / 083 652 5021 during office hours to report any pollution matters or complaints.

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