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Harbour spillage clean-up underway
​​Clean-up operations have started at the Durban Harbour
following a recent sewerage leak.
ETHEKWINI beaches are safe for bathers. This reassuring message comes after a recent sewerage leak into the Port of Durban. However, people are urged to stay clear of the harbor until further notice. Massive clean-up operations began at the harbour on 13 May.

Transnet National Ports Authority stated in a media release that about 20 percent of the harbour’s water is believed to be affected from the sewage discharge. Transnet’s Acting Port Manager, Nokuzola Nkowane said: “We apologise for the inconvenience but remain committed to the protection of human and marine life at the port.” Spokesperson for eThekwini Municipality Msawakhe Mayisela said the City has put in place immediate interim measures to minimise the affect a sewerage spillage. Mayisela explained: “An investigation into the matter by the Water and Sanitation Unit identified the main cause of the pump failures.

The failure of the mechanical rakes at the entrance to the pump station has allowed an ever increasing amount of foreign objects to enter the pumping system. This resulted in the pumps tripping and failing mechanically. The mechanical rakes have been repaired.” Mayisela confirmed that the required pump that would help stop the discharge into the harbor had arrived on 13 May and was installed immediately. Diving operations and fishing in the Port of Durban remains suspended until further notice.
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