Simbithi Eco Estate on the KZN North Coast says it is not responsible for a sewage spill that contaminated Thompson’s Bay Beach in Ballito.
This follows accusations on social media on Monday that the spill emanated from the estate.
The spill resulted in the KwaDukuza Municipality, on the KZN North Coast, closing the beach on Monday until further notice.
According to the municipality the spill emanated from the main stormwater channel discharge point and has been linked to a prolonged power outage experienced in the Ballito area from late Sunday afternoon.
In a statement on Monday evening, Malcolm Samuel, general manager at Simbithi, distanced the estate from the accusations.
He said they were made aware of several statements on social media alleging that Simbithi is responsible for the closure of Thompson’s Bay Beach.
“This, apparently due to a sewage spill from the Simbithi storm water draining onto the beach caused by yesterday’s (Sunday) electricity outage.
“Firstly, we would like to clarify that the ‘Simbithi’ pump station is named as such because it is located on Simbithi Drive. It neither belongs to, nor is managed by, our estate. It is managed and maintained by Siza Water and handles sewage from all properties on Simbithi Drive.”
He said the estate has been in contact with the CEO of Siza Water and confirmed the statements implicating Simbithi are false.
“Siza Water has also confirmed the sewage overflow is not related to the Simbithi pump station but was caused by spillage from the ablution blocks located on Thompson’s Bay Beach.
“Siza Water has sent a team to investigate the malodour from the pump station. Further, Siza Water has confirmed the pump station is equipped with back-up generators, which worked throughout the electricity outage.”
He appealed to the public to verify information with the estate before posting on social media.
“It is unfortunate that our brand is now being tarnished in the media when the matter could easily have been discussed, verified and addressed accurately,” he said.
Meanwhile, the municipality together with independent water services provider Siza Water are busy with corrective measures and testing at the beach.
The municipality said the public will be advised on the progress.
Other beach facilities on the KwaDukuza coastline remain opened to the public for use.
* This article has been updated to reflect that Sembcorp is not longer affiliated to Siza Water. The Witness welcomes the correction of facts.