Several beaches under Ray Nkonyeni Municipal area have been closed for swimming as bad weather is anticipated.

The KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board’s Operational management team has been monitoring the progress of a very strong south westerly system that is due to arrive off the KZN coastline which started in the evening Thursday 11th May 2017. The system is expected to produce a strong southerly groundswell and fresh south westerly winds for a period of 3 to possibly 4 days.

Large swells and very unsettled seas may result in movement and damage to shark safety gear. In order to minimise damage or losses the Sharks Board, in consultation with the affected Municipalities, has removed shark safety gear at a number of bathing beaches from morning of Friday 12 May 2017 ahead of the unsettled weather.

For this reasons, the following beaches will be closed for bathing during this period and shark safety gear will be reinstalled as soon as conditions settle early next week; Uvongo, Lucien (Margate north), Ski Boat Bay, Marina, Leisure Bay, Port Edward, Umtentweni and Banana Beach. ​​​​