Shark nets go up allowing Durban beaches to open

BEACH clean-up operations and shark net installations are still on-going at eThekwini beaches. This comes after strong tidal waves wreaked havoc and damaged infrastructure along the promenade on the weekend.

All city beaches, excluding Country Club and eThekwini beaches are currently open. Battery Beach has been re-opened however in the event of a high tide it will be closed.

Sand mopping operations are progressing well. Areas in front of commercial sites have been cleared and will be swept using a suction truck.

In terms of infrastructure repairs, most of the sea wall capping has been replaced. Plumbing has been repaired and the showers are all working.

Six of the seven missing shark nets have been recovered and all beaches between uShaka Beach and the Country Club have had shark nets reinstalled.

The last remaining nets are expected to be installed at eThekwini and Lagoon beaches today (Friday 17 March).

 

In case you missed it, here is some dramatic footage of the massive waves flooding Durban’s promenade. 

For more photos and another video, please see Public Servant News Network KwaZulu Natal : Remember to comment/post with respect and to post your own traffic, crime and news updates. PSNN: building CommUNITY. Durban beach closed as 'massive waves' wash over PromenadeTammy Petersen, News24 | News24 17:30 : Durban – North Beach in Durban has been closed to bathers as massive wave swells have resulted in the area being deemed unsafe for swimming."Waves are crashing over onto the Promenade. The beach has been closed to bathers and lifeguards on the promenade are monitoring the people," IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said on Sunday afternoon.He described the waves as "quite big" and said a cyclone has apparently affected the waves.Stacy Colborne of the South African Weather Service’s KwaZulu-Natal office said the Madagascar cyclone which hit on Tuesday was too far away to have affected Durban. "As far as I can tell we have had strong south-westerly winds blowing along the coast since this morning, which usually does increase wave height," she said.Cyclone Enawo had not affected SA in any way, Colborne reiterated.Garrith Jamieson of Rescue Care said the waves were extremely high, and that high tide was expected at 16:00.No injuries or difficulty was reported from any bathers, he said.For more photos and another video, please see Public Servant News Network KwaZulu Natal

Posted by Public Servant News Network KwaZulu Natal on Sunday, 12 March 2017

 

 

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