Jeffrey’s Bay main beach was reopened on Wednesday, after a sewerage spill onto the beach on Tuesday.
The La Mer pump station caused an overflow onto Dolphin beach, the resort’s main swimming area. The pump station has previously given problems and the influx of visitors made the situation worse.
The municipality says the pumps have been replaced and there is no danger to bathers.
However, business owners are still worried.
“If this continues it will chase away customers and it will leave a smell and people won’t want to be exposed to that,” says Rein Els from Jolly Dolphin.
Elza Van Lingen, the leader of the DA in Kouga said that it was clear that the Municipality was not prepared for the December holiday influx and service delivery is suffering.
“We have experienced burst water pipes, power outages and now a sewage spill that went straight into the ocean at the Blue Flag Beach in Jeffreys Bay,” said Van Lingen.
“Our DA Councillors raised their concerns about the state of readiness at the previous two Council meetings but were told that everything is in place to ensure that there would be no problems this December.
“We are monitoring the situation and reporting all incidents that come to our attention in an effort to deliver services to the local residents as well as our holidaymakers,” added Van Lingen.
Source: SABC News