Beach­front still in dis­re­pair

Daily News - - METRO - THOBEKA NGEMA [email protected]

WITH Dur­ban pre­par­ing to re­ceive mil­lions of vis­i­tors over the fes­tive sea­son, many of its beach­front show­ers are not work­ing.

Njab­ulo Zondi, who works along the prom­e­nade as a sand sculp­tor, said they had not been op­er­a­tional for a few months.

“It’s the fes­tive now and these show­ers must be work­ing,” he said.

Zondi said he went to the beach at least three times a week and used water from the show­ers for his sculp­tures and af­ter tak­ing a swim.

Pen­sioner Robert Sin­ner, who also fre­quents the beach­front, said of the two sets of show­ers at North Beach, only two show­ers from one set were work­ing.

“Those show­ers haven’t been work­ing for nine months, and three months ago they started leak­ing water. When I en­quire, I am told the spares to fix them are im­ported from over­seas,” Sin­ner said, adding that the beach­front was in a bad state.

“At least three times this year salt water made its way into the fresh­wa­ter taps. Lo­cal clubs had to buy bot­tled water to make tea and cof­fee.”

Sin­ner said the po­lice sta­tion was also af­fected by what he called a sim­ple plumb­ing is­sue.

In Oc­to­ber, the Daily News re­ported on an elec­tric­ity box at North Beach that had miss­ing doors and ex­posed wires.

Yes­ter­day, more of these boxes along the beach­front were seen with miss­ing doors.

Bongimusa Dlamini, ward 26 coun­cil­lor, said he was aware of mat­ters brought to his at­ten­tion, but they faced many chal­lenges. “Some ar­eas are van­dalised. It might be the va­grants.”

He said peo­ple work­ing on Rachel Fin­layson pool said it should be ready for use be­fore Christ­mas Day.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity did not com­ment by the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

BON­GANI MBATHA African News Agency (ANA)

NJAB­ULO Zondi takes a look at the ex­posed wires from one of the show­ers at North Beach which have not worked in months. |

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