Margate’s sewerage pumps repaired and being watched

2012-10-19 00:00

TECHNICIANS are keeping a hawk’s eye on Margate’s sewerage pumps as the holiday season approaches.

Meanwhile, the much-needed new sewerage pumps, which are scheduled to arrive from Germany only by the end of December according to the municipality, could arrive by sea at Durban harbour as early as the end of the month, according to reliable sources.

Last week, the town’s beach was stripped of its Blue Flag status while others on the South Coast were awarded this coveted status. Last month the beach closed after a breakdown of the pump systems resulted in a sewage spill on to the beach and out to sea.

Ugu District Municipality spokesperson Sipho Khuzwayo said, “The pumps were repaired as an interim measure and technicians are monitoring the functioning of these repaired pumps. We do not anticipate any possible spillage.”

South Coast Tourism CEO Michael Bertram said he was confident that the pumps would last until they were replaced.

Ted Knott, national coastal project manager and national blue flag programme co-ordinator for The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa said yesterday that Margate could next apply for Blue Flag status in June next year.

At provincial legislature level, the Democratic Alliance’s KZN spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) George Mari expected a response to questions he posed to the provincial department in about a week’s time.

“They will have to go to the municipality and find out what immediate action is being taken for their report, which will also have to go via Cogta,” he said.

A sewage spill happened during peak tourist season in December last year, but quick management prevented the beach from being closed to thousands of tourists.

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