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Durban beaches close due to damaged shark nets

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Beaches will remained closed until the end of November 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 October, 2014 - Some of Durban’s most popular beaches may still be closed at the beginning of the city’s most profitable season after heavy storms and rough seas last week damaged shark nets, forcing the Ethekwini municipality to close them for safety.

Many beaches in Durban and surrounding areas were closed off to bathers and surfers on Monday and would remain so at least until the end of November, Ethekwini’s head of parks and recreation, Themba Ngcobo, said on Monday. The municipality was still assessing the damage, and the beaches would be opened as and when the repairs were completed.

"We had to take this decision to close the beaches to assess and fix the damage," Mr Ngcobo said. "We have called on the Sharks Board to help us repair the nets.

"In cases where this is done quickly, we will open those beaches and close those where work is still under way. "We don’t know how long this would take but we will be working very hard to ensure that these beaches are open by the start of the holiday season."

Some of the affected beaches include Scottburgh, Umgababa, Karridene, Warner Beach, Isipingo, Umdloti, Ethekwini Country Club and Westbrook.

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