Ray Nkonyeni Municipality would like to clarify the unprecedented closure of Margate Beach for Bathing and other Recreational Activities
 
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality wishes to clarify the unprecedented and unfortunate closure of the popular Margate Beach for bathing and other recreational activities. The municipality wishes to state on record that it received a report from the Ugu District Municipality Environmental Health only after it was inundated by queries on the issue. 
 
Having said that, the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality understands and accepts the reasons behind the closure of the beach as it is for protection of beach-goers and other citizens after an unfortunate incident of a pump malfunction at Margate 4A pump station which resulted into a sewage spillage at Nkongweni Lagoon on Friday 14 July 2017. After some water tests were done in the lagoon it was discovered that the Ecoli levels were far above the accepted levels hence the closure of the lagoon.
 
On Sunday 16 July 2017, authorization was obtained for breaching and the river mouth was opened and water samples were taken from the breached area and the swimming area below Wimpy. Signage prohibiting the use of the beach for bathing and recreational purposes was then erected and this was done to safeguard the health of beach-goers and lifeguards, paddle ski operators and the community on site were also sensitised.
 
It should be said though that the problem of the malfunction of the pump has since been resolved and the situation is monitored on daily basis and water sampling is done and we are optimistic that the beach will be opened soon. Both municipalities are profusely apologising for the inconvenience that may have been caused by this whole unprecedented and unfortunate scenario and they are doing all its best to have the situation rectified.