Durban beaches reopen after medical waste discovery

2016-05-20 09:21


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Durban - Beaches along the coastline of Durban were reopened on Friday after several days of closure as a result of the discovery of dumped hazardous medical waste last week.

According to a statement released by the eThekwini Municipality, the hunt was still on for the source of the waste.

"Preliminary reports have revealed that only a fraction of the waste found is pharmaceutical in nature."

"The majority of the debris found consists of general waste and driftwood. It is highly likely that all this waste originated from various sources along the catchment that washed into the sea from the uMngeni River following the recent heavy rains in Durban," the statement said.

The precautionary beach closure of uMngeni/Mangrove, Beachwood, Virginia and Glenashley beaches has therefore been lifted.

"However, members of the public are encouraged to exercise caution when using [the affected] beaches as there is still a lot of debris washing ashore."

"Clean-up operations are on-going. The municipality and other stakeholders are working extended hours to ensure that the waste is collected and disposed of speedily and efficiently."

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