uShaka condemns hoax e-mail

2014-01-10 00:00

AN employee remembering a hoax letter circulating in America in the 1990s about contaminated water, helped uSha­ka Marine World put the public’s mind at ease speedily after a similar “warning” started circulating locally.

uShaka’s management had to hastily put out a disclaimer after a hoax e-mail started surfacing about dangerous chemicals used to treat water in the park, and the danger posed to visitors.

“It is most disturbing to hear that a number of completely untrue and alarming rumours have been circulating about the use of dangerous chemicals to treat the water in the park,” they wrote in a statement.

Marketing manager for uShaka Marine World Bongani Mthiyane said although they received calls from concerned people, they could allay their fears immediately. “When we saw this BBM message sent around, a colleague remembered seeing something similar years ago.”

It is believed that a hoax e-mail, which originated in the United States in 1990, has been localised with uShaka Marine World being the target.

“This states that the chemical dihydrogen (H2) monoxide (O) is present in the pools. This is actually another name for water (H2O) and the initial hoax was created by chemistry students who intended to demonstrate that the general public was extremely ignorant when it came to scientific information,” Mthiyane said.

Anybody with concerns can call uSha­ka on 031 328 8000.

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