It is with great regret that I see myself writing a post on the disaster that has happened in the Durban area, especially the beaches due to the rain and floods down the uMngeni River. After a very short and disappointing bodyboard session today at North Beach, I headed North along the promenade towards Blue Lagoon. In my session I notice a vast amount of packs, bottles and refuse in general in the water – this was joint with a terrible dark brown coloured water (obviously sediment filled river water). As I approached Blue Lagoon I noticed the sheer amount of trash that flowed along the beaches for as far as the eye could see. In my disgust I walked to the end of the mouth to notice both banks full of litter from bottles to bags and everything in between.

Durbans’ beautiful beachfront are now the scene of what looks like a dumping ground for all the trash in the Durban area. I am horrified by the magnitude of litter that lines our beaches and feel something has to be done about it. We as Durbanites need to be heard and implement a clean up of the beaches. It doesn’t surprise me that people are standing on needles on the beach and now on anti-retrovirals but this needs to stop and we need to get Durban back to the paradise that was once the golden mile. I can understand how the river will wash sediment into the ocean causing it to become brown but there is no excuse for all of the litter…

As we look back to this past weekend where we had the African Tourism Indaba for 2016, we now have beaches that are lined with rubbish and nobody is taking any action to clean it up. This will not only affect the animal life in the ocean but also the economy in the form of tourists not coming to Durban due to the “terrible beaches”. Nobody is coming forward from the Municipality to look into it and it’s a disgrace that Durban, which is suppose to be the city with the best beaches in South Africa, now is a dump for the trash that is in KZN. I am willing to put together a beach clean up but one person cannot do this by themselves and need the help of anyone that’s willing to put the time and effort into getting our beaches back to how they used to be…

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