The City has temporarily closed a number of Durban’s beaches after the discovery of medical waste washed up along the coast. The following beaches have been affected: uMngeni (Mangrove), Beachwood, Virginia, and Glenashley beaches. These have been temporarily closed as clean-up operations are conducted, as the waste could pose a health hazard to patrons.
A spokesperson for the eThekwini Municipality: Tozi Mthethwa has said: “The eThekwini Municipality’s Health Unit is investigating the source of the medical waste.” Mthethwa has further said: “It is estimated that the clean-up operations will take up to two weeks to complete. In the interest of safety, all residents are advised to use alternative beaches until it is safe to use the affected beaches.”