Internal Affairs

Strand Beach and Small Bay in Blaauwberg reopened, part of Fish Hoek beach remains closed

The City thanks residents for their cooperation while three beaches were affected by partial temporary closures due to sewage related issues. These issues have now been attended to.

Small Bay and the affected section of Strand Beach reopened yesterday, Tuesday 3 January.

Both these affected areas were closed as a precautionary measure on Sunday, 1 January 2023.

The Deep Blue section of Strand beach was closed due to an electrical fault at the pump station, but the issue has since been resolved.

Small Bay was closed due to a damaged sewer pipe. The damaged pipe section was isolated inside the manhole. Sewer flow is being diverted by means of a mobile pump that is running 24 hours. Spillage onto the beach is contained. Repairs to the damaged section will be resolved depending on the tide timetable.

The City’s Environmental Health Service has received the recent water sampling results for Small Bay and Strand Beach and can confirm that the results show that the water quality is within the minimum requirement for recreational activities as determined by the National Water Quality Guidelines.

The health warning signs have been removed.

The main bathing area section at Fish Hoek Beach between the lifeguard station and Jager Walk remains temporarily closed until further notice (see the map above):

City Health will continue to take water samples for water quality testing until such time as the levels are within the minimum requirement for recreational activities as determined by the National Water Quality Guidelines.

In the meantime, the public is advised to avoid contact with the water in the affected area until further notice.

This is a precaution as contact with the water could result in potential gastro-intestinal issues and therefore any person who enters the water does so at their own risk.

Health warning signage has been erected, advising the public of the situation.

We appreciate the public’s cooperation during this time.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused during this time.

Source: City Of Cape Town