Van­dals put pay to ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties at East­ern Beach

Daily Dispatch - - News - MAL­I­BONGWE DAY­I­MANI CRIME RE­PORTER mal­i­bong­wed@dis­

The toi­lets and show­ers at East­ern Beach are out of order af­ter van­dals dam­aged wa­ter pipes and 20 ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties at the pop­u­lar party spot Ebuh­lanti on Wed­nes­day, forc­ing city plumbers to switch off the main valve to stop mas­sive wa­ter wastage.

As a re­sult, BCM life­guards have been in­struct­ing bathers to wash off the salt and sand at homes af­ter swimming.

The Daily Dis­patch vis­ited the beach on Thurs­day and saw about 180 bathers cool­ing off, some fed up by the in­con­ve­nience. A Du­tywa fam­ily of three had to travel 147km back home be­fore they could wash off af­ter a day at the beach.

The Dis­patch spot­ted the trio at­tempt­ing to run the dry show­ers. “I am dis­ap­pointed – I didn't ex­pect this from a metropoli­tan area,” said Lupho Ng­wenze.

BCM spokesper­son Samkelo Ng­wenya said: “We are aware of the van­dalised ablu­tions at Ebuh­lanti. The toi­lets use a sys­tem called flush-mas­ter, so once there is no flush-mas­ter in a toi­let, au­to­mat­i­cally wa­ter will run un­con­trol­lably.

“In an ef­fort to con­trol the loss of wa­ter we closed the iso­la­tion valve and also hired jet clean­ers to clean the toi­lets. Fur­ther­more, we have re­paired the gates to close off ac­cess for peo­ple.”

Ng­wenya said the city had hired ad­di­tion chem­i­cal toi­lets, to be de­liv­ered from De­cem­ber 15 to aug­ment the ex­ist­ing ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

“We are in the process of ad­ver­tis­ing for the flush-masters and wa­ter pipes,” he said.

Among the beach­go­ers were pupils who had been bused in by their schools for some fun at the beach. King Wil­liam's Town's Luytville Pri­mary School had brought 38 Grade 7 pupils for an af­ter­noon at the beach fol­low­ing a farewell party at Gonu­bie Ho­tel ear­lier.

Prin­ci­pal Ayanda NdaranaMpendu said the school had just been crowned na­tional cham­pi­ons of a wa­ter con­ser­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion held in Jo­han­nes­burg on Septem­ber 28.


A DRY RUN: A bather at East­ern Beach tries to shower, but there is no wa­ter at the fa­cil­ity due to van­dal­ism

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