While beaches in the north of Durban are now open following the UPL chemical spill in July, the public is reminded to please refrain from entering the exclusion zone 1km north and south of the uMhlanga river mouth.
The exclusion zone was imposed to ensure that the public does not come into contact with the water in the estuary as it is still considered hazardous.
There is also a ban on fishing, swimming surfing, and other recreational activities, collection of mussels, and other aquatic life in the specific zone, which includes 1km out to sea.
Extensive efforts have been made by clean-up crews appointed by UPL to reduce and contain the contamination that caused serious environmental damage to the Ohlange River and Umhlanga River Estuary. While there has been some degree of success, the effects of the contamination will take years to remediate.
The public is asked to comply with requests from authorities. Any inconvenience is regretted however the safety of the public is of utmost importance.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela.
For more information contact 031 311 4820/18.