After effects of Durban storm stink up tourism at port

2017-10-18 11:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - According to the Durban Point Yacht Club, the sewerage spillage in the Durban Port will negatively affect tourism in the harbour.

Talking to SABC, the club claims that it has become a health hazard for those trying to remove debris after the devastating Durban storm, and that the conditions are also unfavorable for foreign visitors.

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"There are international people who sail in this harbour, it is a popular port for international tourists. So to come sailing here and have to deal with the smell and the dirt is less than ideal and doesn't paint a pretty picture of how beautiful our city is," club member Edrich de Lange told SABC.

The SABC reports that eThekwini Municipality is working hard to fix the pumps that resulted in the spill.

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On Friday Transnet declared 95% of Durban Port safe for vessels' naviagtion after the Durban storm grounded three vessels. Their anchors broke during the storm, but since then have been released.

“We are increasingly getting confronted with deteriorating weather patterns and can expect similar incidents in the future given the effects of climate change. It was a saving grace that all this took place within the harbour where all resources are concentrated. It could have been worse if it was over a large open sea area,” said South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Chief Operating Officer Sobantu Tilayi.

This came days after President Jacob Zuma announced plans for the KwaZulu-Natal Boatbuilding Park in the Port of Durban as part of Operation Phakisa, which aims to produce 150 boats annually for the export market.

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