The eThekwini Municipality on Monday announced that it has taken a decision to close some beaches with immediate effect due to high levels of E-coli in the water.
This comes as a result of recent water testing which confirmed high levels of E-coli, a bacteria that is associated with sewage water.
Fishing has also been banned at the 13 beaches that were affected, from Umdloti in the north and all the way down to the Bluff and Amanzimtoti area.
“All water activities such as swimming, surfing, fishing, bathing, canoeing, and other activities taking place at City beaches are therefore prohibited. Beachgoers are urged to heed this warning as disregarding it could result in outbreaks of waterborne diseases,” the City said in a statement.
The City further mentioned that lifeguards and law enforcement officers will be on site to monitor the beaches in order to ensure that the public adheres to the closures.
Closed beaches include Westbrook, uMhlanga Main, uMdloti, Casuarina, eThekwini Beach, Laguna Seasonal Beach, Ansteys Beach, Brighton Beach, Isiphingo Beach, Reunion Beach, Warner Beach, Amanzimtoti Main Beach, and Pipeline Beach.