Durban calculates cost as tidal-wave hit beaches re-open

2017-03-17 15:17 - Boipelo Mokgothu
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Cape Town-  Following the tidal waves that left Durban beach front ruined last weekend, the city's municipality has confirmed that almost all beaches are open, except for two.

EThekwini Municipality says the beach clean-up operations and shark net installations are still on-going at City beaches, following strong tidal waves that wreaked damaged infrastructure along the promenade.

"All City beaches, excluding Country Club and eThekwini beaches are currently open. While Battery Beach has been re-opened it will be closed in the event of a high tide. Sand mopping operations are progressing well. Areas in front of commercial sites have been cleared and will be swept using a suctions truck."

The last remaining nets have been installed at eThekwini and Lagoon beaches on Friday, 17 March after seven went missing due to the intense tidal waves.  

All beaches between uShaka Beach and the Country Club have had the nets reinstalled, the city confirmed. 

SEE: ALERT: More 5m Spring Tide swells expected along Durban beach following monster waves

In terms of infrastructure repairs, the majority of sea wall capping has been replaced. Plumbing has been repaired and the showers are all working, the City said.

Cost of damage caused by the waves is being calculated

According to The Citizen, Acting MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Bongi Sithole-Moloi, together with eThekwini chairperson for community services committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase are leading the disaster teams in assessing the damage the tidal waves cost the municipality with details still to be released. 

As Durban was hit by strong tidal waves, further south the City of Cape Town, over 2 000 people were left homeless after a fire destroyed at least 650 homes in Mandela Park informal settlement and surrounds in Hout Bay over the weekend

Fire warnings are set to continue into the weekend as the SA Weather Service has also issued a warning of extremely high fire danger conditions, expected across central and Little Karoo of the Western Cape,  as well as the western and central interior the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape. 

SEE: Weather Update: Hot and sunny weekend for most of SA

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