A major clean-up operation is currently under way at various beaches along Durban’s coastline.
This after a blanket of plastic and refuse covered the water’s surface following torrential rains that battered the eThekwini Municipality this week.
Volunteer and one of the operation’s coordinators – Douw Steyn – says the amount of dirt that they have picked up so far is shocking. He says more awareness campaigns are needed to educate the public about recycling and proper dumping procedures.
“Lots of volunteers throughout the Durban beaches are cleaning up a lot of plastics and materials and in the harbour and Natal Yacht Club. Unfortunately, the challenge we have is that if we don’t have proper waste management upstream in our rivers. People are dumping etc. It causes us a big problem when it rains. We need to work together and come up with applicable waste management and recycling solutions.”
For every idiot who thinks that throwing their litter on the ground doesn’t matter, enjoy these pictures of Durban harbour pic.twitter.com/aQvCZKU0qA
— IlhaamHoosen (@IlhaamHoosen) April 25, 2019
I really wish I could be in Durban this weekend to support these cleanup initiatives #carbonfootprint If you live nearby, please join in! They’re going to need all the help they can get to cleanup the beaches after the heavy rains pic.twitter.com/IK8Mio7h6y
— Prof Linda Godfrey 🇿🇦 (@Prof_LGodfrey) April 26, 2019
This is what Durban Harbor looks like today after the rain.Let’s all meet on Saturday morning @ Durban Harbor for a cleanup! We need all the help we can get. #GetInvolved @TheACU @Trevornoah @The_ACU @theoceanproject @commonwealthsec @OurOcean @CyrilRamaphosa @corona @CocaCola pic.twitter.com/c2zKFuup4F
— Refilwe Precious (@FIFIPR) April 23, 2019
We’re making progress here at the Wilson’s Wharf #cleanup in the #Durban #Harbour! Dozens of volunteers have come down to Zack’s on the wharf to lend a hand as we tackle the pollution brought down by the recent #DurbanFloods. Join us if you’re in the area! pic.twitter.com/RYmv10mvIq
— Grant Blakeway | Melokuhle (@teamblakeway) April 27, 2019
I’ll be at Wilson’s Wharf in #Durban on Saturday 27th April from 08h30 onward to support the #harbour #cleanup hosted by Zack’s. The #KZNFloods carried huge amounts of trash into the port area – and it’s a mess! Please join me and lend a hand. Details ➡️ https://t.co/D7Cvel2MsN pic.twitter.com/VUUslii8aq
— Grant Blakeway | Melokuhle (@teamblakeway) April 26, 2019