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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.