Clifton beach closure: Sewerage leak leaves parts of beach closed

The weather has been pretty great in Cape Town this weekend. Some would even go as far as calling it perfect beach weather. Well, if you’re thinking of enjoying the weather in the coming days, you might want to stay clear of the iconic Clifton Fourth beach. In fact, you’ll have to because parts of the beach are closed until further notice.

Clifton beach closure: City closes part of 4th over sewerage leak

A statement from the City of Cape Town reveals that some sewerage is pooling on parts of the beach. A sewer pump station at Clifton Fourth failed. This then led to wastewater leaking out.

The City says repairs are already well underway. While there have been no mentions of sabotage, the cause of the failure is also currently being investigated.

“A berm has been constructed to prevent wastewater from contaminating the seawater. Following an assessment of the situation, a decision was taken to close only a section of the beach area. Signage has been erected, advising the public of the situation.”

City of Cape Town statement

Cape Town still reeling from taxi strike damage

The City of Cape Town is also sounding the alarm bells to the tune of R4 million in damages as a result of this week’s taxi strike that turned violent. While the strike didn’t reach Clifton, it left thousands unable to get there.

As the strike turned into a violent protest, several buses and vehicles were badly damaged. Some were even destroyed after going up in smoke.

City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, has revealed the extent of the damage.

Smith says an initial assessment by the City shows that damage to infrastructure totals well over R4 million. To make matters worse, that is just from the damages that the city is currently aware of.

With several buses being stoned and badly damaged, the Golden Arrow bus service is looking at R3.5 million in damages.

The City of Cape Town itself has noted damages of R275 000. Well over R380 000 worth of damages to private vehicles has also been noted.

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