Sewerage is again seeping out of a stormwater drain onto Jeffreys Bay’s main beach and putting children and surfers at risk.
Cheron Kraak, a business owner and prominent figure in the coastal town, reported the sewage spill on Mobilitate recently.
“It’s a huge health risk and happens often. Every time we have brought it to the attention of the Kouga municipality, they have acted on the spills but not on what is causing the spills,” said Cheron.
Cheron has reported and documented these incidents as far back as 2009.
“It’s been an on-going problem for the last 20 years actually.”
Some of the reasons given for the spills include the pump station not working to full capacity, mechanical failure, heavy rainfall, faulty alarm on pump station and ageing infrastructure.
The most recent spill has not been attended to for a week.
Because of these spills the Dolphin Beach has lost it Blue Flag status.
“It’s also a serious risk to the community and especially the children from the Pellsrus community who play in this water as they are not aware of the dangers. Not to mention the surfers who have suffered from eye infections and infected cuts due to the raw sewage in the sea.
“It’s really time that the sewage problem is fixed. Funds have to be made available to resolve this problem as our town is too precious,” said Cheron.
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