Sewage, litter flush surfing trials

2015-10-01 06:00

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Venter says many children left with cuts.“We have taken a decision to cancel all trails and major contests at this venue until we are satisfied that all the criteria of a Blue Flag beach have been met,” says Venter.

“Prior to the event taking place this year, it took the JBU Surf Club three weeks to clean the area and make it presentable to visitors and competitors.

This is not the first time that the NMBS trials at Kitchen Windows had to be moved to another venue. In 2014 two of their trials also had to be moved due to sewage, broken glass and rubbish.

According to Kouga Municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, the municipality was not aware of the situation until the Kouga Express contacted them for information in this regard. “The matter was not reported to any of the relevant municipal departments,” says Randall.

“We will follow-up on the complaint as a matter of urgency in order to prevent this from happening again in future.”

DA councillor Brenton Williams says that sewage spills on the beach at Kitchen Windows began in the late 1990s. “The surf community has been concerned about these spills for a very long time and as the infrastructure further deteriorated, the spills have become more frequent. We even have sewage spills at the Checkers beach and Kabeljauws nowadays.

“Dolphin Beach is our prize asset and one of the best swimming beaches in the world. It cannot be allowed to become a no-go zone where families feel uncomfortable and surf contests cannot be held.”

According to Williams, the DA believes that a holistic approach towards the entire main beach area needs to taken. “The infrastructure must be upgraded to an acceptable level to prevent sewage spills, a dedicated team of beach cleaners must be appointed and the beach grader must be utilised to clean up broken glass and litter, as was done in the past. Furthermore, lifeguards and law enforcement officials must be on the beach all year round,” says Williams

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