Due to elevated levels of E coli in the water, Durban beaches were closed on Thursday.
Msawakhe Mayisela, a spokesperson for the eThekwini municipality, claimed the high levels of E coli were caused by the province’s recent floods.
“All water activities are strictly forbidden.” Beachgoers are asked to take this warning seriously, since disobeying it could result in deadly outbreaks of waterborne infections.
“Residents can still enjoy various beach activities that do not require contact with seawater,” he explained.
Mayisela stated that workers were working hard to repair water and sanitary facilities that had been damaged by the severe rains.
“eThekwini is glad to report that significant progress is being made in this area on a daily basis. Water samples are taken every day, and the public will be notified whenever E coli levels fall below permissible levels,” he said.
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