The eThekwini Municipality has been given the go-ahead to reopen the uMhlanga Main and uMhlanga Bronze beaches, Both beaches had had to be closed over E. coli concerns. But on Christmas Day, the green light was given to the municipality.
About three weeks ago, both beaches were reopened but had to be shut down again because of the spike in the level of E. coli. The spike was reportedly the result of sewage pollution, according to multiple sources.
However, with recent water quality tests showing that E. coli levels had dropped significantly, the authorities have had to give the go-ahead for the closed beaches to be reopened
Detailing why the beaches had had to be reopened, eThekwini Municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela noted that the decision to reopen the beaches had to be taken after results from the latest round of testing showed that the water quality was at an acceptable standard and safe for swimming.
Even with the reopening, the municipality is still constantly monitoring the water quality in the area. There are other beaches which are open for swimming as well, and they include Country Club, Pipeline, Brighton, Bay of Plenty, Toti Mane and Reunion.
It remains to be seen what the coming days hold for the reopened beaches.