20 April 2018
Sand Replenishment Operations to Nourish Our Central Beaches
EThekwini’s Engineering Unit’s Coastal, Stormwater and Catchment Management (CSCM) Department will close off portions of the North Beach, Dairy Beach, Country Club and Battery Beach from today, 20 April 2018 to allow for sand pumping operations for about four weeks. During this operation, bathing and beach use will not be allowed in the closed off areas.
The City’s Deputy Head: Coastal, Stormwater and Catchment Management, Randeer Kasserchun said sand from south of the harbour is dredged and transferred to Durban central beaches through sand pumping operations. He said the City prides itself with the maintenance of the beaches and it is important that they are nourished.
Kasserchun added there is a current severe shortage of sand on the beaches that will be closed for sand replenishment. “If sand is not pumped onto the identified beaches, they may have to be closed for bathing as the safety of bathers will be at risk,” he said.
Beach replenishment at these locations will be undertaken through an off shore system. Sand and water samples will be taken to test for water and sand quality. This emergency sand replenishment process is a joint operation between the City and Transnet has been approved by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
The City urges beach goers to be patient during this process and to comply with restrictions which have been temporally prescribed.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit.
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