Durban dunes ‘reshape’

I had been wondering what had been going on with the dunes at Durban’s South Beach. They had just started to look great when the city bulldozed them down. Apparently, they were getting too high!

Tony Carnie from The Mercury has the full story …

Two years after revamping the beachfront, the eThekwini Municipality is spending another R400 000 to “reshape” parts of the Golden Mile, mainly to lower the height of newly established sand dunes.

Mike Andrews, deputy head of the strategic projects unit, said the reshaping project would affect a 400-metre section of dunes north of Bell Street, and the re-establishment of the dune vegetation should be complete before Christmas.

Responding to e-mail questions from Durban resident John Lansley, who asked why bulldozers were now digging into dunes in the section between Addington Hospital and uShaka Pier, Andrews said the original project had been designed in 2008/09.

However, shortly before work started in 2009/10, a sister municipal department was given authority to replenish the beach sand and pumped nearly 500m³ of sand on to uShaka and South beaches.

“As you can imagine, this resulted in significant changes to the beach profile in these areas, as well as in the beach access boardwalks and dunes… rising substantially higher than the promenade,” Andrews said.

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