Nahoon Reef East London Illegal Sewage dumping by municipality.

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  1. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Guys im posting this in the hopes that someone will be able to help or spread the news to fellow beachgoers in the area..

    from an aquairists point of view we caych alot of fish in this area and its not at all fun to swim past condoms and sanitary pads that have bypassed the filtration process and just pumped straight out into the sea..

    we (East Londoners specifically) need to do something about this as it is now getting out of controll..

    i am tired of suffering from ear and other infections from surfing there.. it is a radical wave to ride the one of the best the country has to offer.

    so please pass on tell your neighbours and save the beach for future generations.. see the e-mails that have been flowing below and if possible join the facebook page in support of what we are trying to achieve..

    e-mail 1



    The time has come for action , Nahoon and other affected ward Rate payers need to boycott rates until the funds are allocated to the intended projects not talk and corruption .
    Once again signs are nonchalantly posted all over Nahoon Beach By the BCM that they pumped raw sewage into our ocean. This has to be stopped by force now!

    This ward is a DA represented ward please advise what you are doing to rectify the Sewage "Ticking Time Bomb" here as highlighted in the Weekend Post Expose Front page Headline on Saturday 14 Aug.

    This is an illegal activity according to national environmental laws and has been reported to the green scorpions ( who seem to have very little sting in their tail as far as local government is concerned.I am sure international laws are also being contravened here and if need be the governing bodies will be alerted. ) East London , tourism and all residents are the losers here as well as our marine Eco system as a whole which is already severely compromised.

    Kevin Harris

    Nahoon Beach Blue Flag Beach Lobby
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=83271166497&ref=search&sid=785648922.3585408132..1


    e-mail 2

    Hi All – The situation with raw sewerage coming down the Nahoon River is quite sick and revolting. Unfortunately it is not just the ratepayers that suffer, but everybody that uses the river and beach. A ratepayer boycott will not be successful unless the whole of Nahoon joins the initiative, and I do not think that everybody would do that. Unfortunately not…

    In my opinion we need EVERYBODY to object, and we need to enter into some kind of dialogue with the Municipality/relative department, however painstakingly difficult that may be.

    Some action that is representative of ratepayers AND every user of Nahoon Beach should be embarked on. Maybe a meeting on the beach one afternoon with a PA loudspeaker system and an open mic for everybody to say their say (Surfers/paddlers/ratepayers etc) and with the Daily Dispatch present?

    Imagine some Municipal manager comes into my restaurant, and I serve him a turd on a plate! Can you imagine his disgust as he takes the first bite? That is exactly what they are doing to us, but we are expected to swallow and smile…

    Look at all the damage that all that human waste is doing to sea life in one of the worlds best surf spots and one of the most pristine and beautiful reefs in the world. I have also heard of German tourists packing up and leaving for PE (Yesterday) when they heard of the human waste on Nahoon Beach!

    Somebody needs to be fired. Somebody must be held responsible!

    Enough is enough!!!

    Llewellyn Thatcher – Le Petit Restaurant – Nahoon

    Please reply to this email if you have any ideas, and please pass it on to likeminded people that may be able to respond.


    e-mail 3

    Dear Fellow beach goers and East Londoners ,

    My boys and I surf. We also live in Gonubie. I am behind Llewllyn 100%.
    I am the idiot who started the “ All roads lead to Gonubie “ campaign. I have been down this road , as it were. I am keen to help you with our plight.

    The Gonubie road ! I tackled this with great help from the Daily Dispatch. If you contact the Daily Dispatch , they will set you up with a “ Blog “ for your campaign. This is an online forum where we can all discuss the problem. This is open to everyone to have their say , and read others point of view.

    With the road , I went the diplomatic route. I did the Dispatch thing , and then I contacted all the people in charge at the Traffic department , provincial roads , DA counselors ( John Cupido , Roy Engelbeck ). Suffice it to say , that the diplomatic route does not work ! I was then going to embark on a “ tough route “. Which was illegal. I was warned to back off. The whole campaign was chewing up my time and energy , and I have a business to run. So I threw in the towel. Gonubie carries on sitting in traffic every evening for 1 hour. I Failed. But , I did learn a lot.

    Sewerage !! From my experience with the Road , I suggest that we go straight to the “ Tough Route “. And I would go about it as follows :-
    1. Call a meeting and plan a way forward. Fast ! We need someone with spare time to run and manage the campaign.
    2. Contact Tegan at The Daily Dispatch … email teganb@dispatch.co.za Direct number 0437022077 . Tegan will set up a blog site for the campaign. Tegan will also arrange articles in the paper drawing attention to our Blog site and our plight. She will also arrange photographers and reporters to follow the story etc
    2. We get every surfer , paddler , life saver , beach goer on any craft they can find , sitting behind the back line , at sea , with clothes pegs on our noses. Picture in the dispatch and on our Blog site , hell we could even get Derek Watts to join us from Carte Blanche !!
    3. All our Children won’t be going to school soon because of the strike. Maybe we could get all our Kids to defecate on the steps of the City hall !!! Okay , that may be a bit extreme … BUT , maybe we need to get this extreme to get something done !
    4. At Haga Haga / Marshstands , we have set up a trust account which all the rate payers pay their rates into. This is set up legally. Rates are not paid to the Komga Municipality. Out of these funds improvements to services ( Run Privately ) are paid. Diane Williams set this all up and controls it. She has done a phenomenal job. This has been running for about 2 years now , with great success. This has been done in many municipalities , I believe. Why can we not set this up for Nahooners ?? From these funds we could tackle the sewerage problem ourselves.

    On the 28th and 29th August , Nahoon reef will be hosting the Mr Price Pro Open surfing compo. The best senior and junior surfers , from all over South Africa , will be converging on Nahoon reef. What great exposure for our town. Supersport television crews and professional photographers will be here. Events like this boost our little economy. Hotels , bed and breakfasts , shops etc. What an embarrassment if the event is called off because our water is brown !!!!

    Any Help , input needed , please contact me , I am IN !!!

    Regards

    Gary Dalbock
     
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  3. Slummies

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    you got this too? cool!!
     
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    Yeah, I have heard the council in EL are pretty useless!!!! all fart and no shite! In fact I remember one of their "brainstorms" was to ban all scuba diving and snorkeling in an attempt to stop perlemoen poaching and alike - I mean WTF!!!!????!!!!
     
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    Thanks Leslie. You are on the right forum for bringing enviromental issue to our attention.
     
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    nice one bud.i got your emails about this too.i hate going for a surf or a dive and the water smells like shit!!! our MONKEYPALITY is absolutely useless!
    its time we all stick together and start making a difference!
    atleast we can say we tried!
     
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    we definatley need to get a handle on it somehow.. i love the reef but am paying dearly for it in doctors bills..

    friends of mine have contracted hepatitis A and the dreaded flesh eating disease from paddling up nahoon river and their contact time with the water is minimal compared to a surfer etc..
     
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    Leslie - one of my companies does bio-remediation of water. our agents specialise in waste water managment. If you get me a contact person we can get the ball rolling and sort this problem out.
     
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    thank you Henk i will see what i can do... your commitment to this is appreciated..
     
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    Leslie i just spoke to our agent for EL and he is already onto this. I'll keep you uptodate :)
     
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    thank you Henk....your help is appreciated.lets hope we can put a stop to this.
     
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    not a problem. like i said will keep you guys updated.
     
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    yus you no where
     
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    There seem to be some ideas on how to go forward with the problem at hand. Has anyone initiated a campaign yet, so that we can display a united front?

    What is the actual extent of the problem? Was there an accidental sewage leak? Was it deliberately done? What was the amount of sewage leaked and where did it enter the river/sea? Was the e coli measured?

    I windsurfed Nahoon Reef on saturday afternoon, and saw no effluent in the water, nor did I smell anything untoward. Had I know the extent of the problem, I don't think that I would have sailed. Maybe they should put up signs that say "sewage spill".
     
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    Nahoon beach was closed on saterday because of the spill as far as i know.
    sighns would be a good idea.
     
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    [​IMG] Beach closed[​IMG]Image of [​IMG][​IMG]


    2010/08/19
    ONCE again an East London beach has been closed due to sewage spills, a problem that has been going on for more than five years.


    Nahoon Beach has been closed due to sewage spills this week.
    Buffalo City Municipality spokesperson Samkelo Ngwenya said the beach would be closed until further notice.
    On June 21, 2004, the Dispatch reported that the beaches from Orient to Nahoon would be closed “as a precaution when the municipality spills sewage out into the sea during maintenance work carried out at the city pump station”.
    This week when the GO! went to Nahoon Beach there was no one there because a banner that said “Sewage Spills – No Water Sports” was displayed near the Lifesavers Shack.
    Internationally acclaimed surfer Greg Emslie said the water was cleaner that day than it had been earlier in the week.
    “It was brown, really disgusting. The ocean cleans itself and so it is clearing up now, but it was really worse,” said Greg.
    Greg, who lives on the East Coast Resorts Road, said the water was “cleaner that side than it is in town”.
    “It is unbelievable that in this day and age beaches are regularly closed due to sewage spills. We are a coastal town with a lot of beach users. Sportsmen and women use the beach every day; this can’t keep happening,” Greg said.
    Ngwenya confirmed that Nahoon River was affected too and said that the closure was due to the overflow of the sewer system. He attributed the overflow to foreign objects in the pipes.
    “The sewer system has overflowed because of other matter deposited into manholes, so these other things block the flow of sewage and result in an overflow. “We are conducting tests to determine the suitability as per guidelines. We will let the public know when the water is safe to use,” Ngwenya said.
    He said the problem could be curbed if manholes were properly covered.
    “We encourage residents to report uncovered manholes,” he said, adding: “We are consistently monitoring water quality.” - By Siya Boya

    [​IMG] Beach closed
     
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    Thanks Les. That answers all of my questions. I swear that I didn't see that sign. I rig up right next to the shack, and I definitely would have seen it if it was still there on Sunday.
     
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    all i can say is that sewage does not always need to be noticable to do damage.. it can settle on the seabed and be stirred up again when the swells pick up.. agreed that it will be more degraded but the rapid growth of fhilementous algaes on the rocks (more noticable in the summer months) are a clear indication of polution in the area.
     
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    dude you wouldent be the first guy to have paddled out gone windsurfing enjoyed his day.. and only later on read that the water you enjoyed yourself in was contaminated..

    the same has happened to me on many occaion.. and in the case of shark scares aswell..

    the dude who puts up the signage doesnt really have a clue as to the urgency and the importance of informing people what they are petentially getting into..

    im looking for the Go article on dave de Konning and his story on contracting Hepatitis A from nahoon river..

    will search for it and post.
     
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    THat is hectic.. in CT we have Milnerton Lagoon where it is now permanently closed to watersports.. well you can, just at your own risk. Th e okes living there took too long to try and solve the problem, developments were not stopped in time etc.. now they have completly stuffed up a complete eco system..

    I hope you guys get it right so that the beach is not closed in the long term. It is sad to think that in these times people see the ocean as a dumping ground, as long as the current carries it away it is fine.. what they forget is that the oke up up the coast with the asme attitude is sending you a prezzie..
     
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    the sea is not an infinate pit.. there are consequences to what is being done, i think the attitude is "out of sight out of mind". which is wrong!!!....
     
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