More contamination keeps Margate beach and lagoon closed

The sign up at Margate yesterday. Many visitors were seen leaving the beach.

Margate lagoon and beach remain closed to users until further notice.

Ugu District Municipality confirmed this was a precautionary measure due to the contamination of the lagoon, the cause of which is still unknown.

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Yesterday’s sad situation in Margate.

The lagoon has been closed since last week as a precautionary measure, as there is suspected contamination. The beach is closed due to the river mouth being open and the lagoon flowing into the beach –  France Zama,  Ugu spokesman.

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Posted by South Coast Herald on Monday, 12 February 2018

Mr Zama said the municipality’s Environmental Health and Environmental Management Services had taken samples for testing which will reveal the cause of the contamination.

They are still awaiting the results and more sampling will be done today (Tuesday).

Yesterday’s notice board in Margate.

The public is urged to avoid contact with the lagoon as it has not been yet certified safe for any activities.

Dead fish.

Mr Zama said signage has been placed along the lagoon prohibiting the use of the water for swimming, fishing, and the collection and consumption of all sea creatures until further notice.


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