Clean-up underway at Durban beachfront after large waves hit promenade

2017-03-13 18:00
Sand and water filled Mochachos on Sunday. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Sand and water filled Mochachos on Sunday. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

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Durban – A massive clean-up is underway at Durban’s beachfront on Monday after large waves battered the promenade.

Disaster teams assessed the damage at the popular holiday destination on Monday.

The cost of damage was still being determined, acting MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, said.

Moloi and eThekwini chairperson for the community services committee, councillor Zama Sokhabase, led the assessment.  

Moloi said rough seas on Sunday had damaged some of the infrastructure along eThekwini’s coastline.

"We have taken stock of the damage and we deployed additional teams to speedily restore the situation back to normality. We are grateful that the worst is over; however, we will continue to monitor the situation."

All Durban beaches - including Battery, Country Club, and eThekwini - would remain inaccessible.

Sokhabase said officials of the Durban solid waste and the parks department were cleaning up debris and litter that had washed up on the promenade and in the car park.

A 24-hour patrol had been put in place in the interests of safety.

Director of Mochachos at the beachfront, Yaseen Amod, said the restaurant had been flooded.

"Waves came over barriers and the stairs and came into our store. We watched it come into the store. All of our equipment was submerged in water. It was complete chaos. We are looking at estimated costs of R2.5m."

Unusually high swells, caused by strong south-westerly winds, resulted in the waves washing over the promenade.


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