Issued George Municipality, 18 February 2020

Ballots Bay/Meulen River

Water sample analysis results in the sea at Ballots Bay indicate levels well within acceptable levels for intermediate contact according to the Recreation Use Quality Guidelines issued by the Department Water Affairs – which means it is certified as safe for people  who may be swimming, surfing and kayaking in this area. This information has been communicated to the Garden Route District Municipality, whose own processes will determine if further action is necessary. According to the water sample laboratory certificates, there seems to be no need to close any beaches, but it is up to the GRDM to make such determination and advise any responsible parties accordingly.

Samples in the Meulen River and at the river mouth, however, did confirm sewerage contamination upstream from the sea but had subsequently been cleaned-up and should be 100% by the end of Monday (17th February). George Municipality Director Civil Engineering  Regenald Wesso said the cause of sewerage spills upstream are blocked drains which are related to ongoing dumping of unwanted objects in sewerage lines for waste disposal and mischief. “Teams have been clearing sewerage lines along sections of sewerage pipes, mostly in Thembalethu, in which inappropriate objects have been dumped – these included blankets, branches, rocks, an old toilet seat, plastics and more.

Victoria Bay Culvert

Results of water testing taken at Victoria Bay culvert as well as in the waves in Victoria Bay have confirmed there were no markers that would suggest a sewerage spill into the sea at this point, and results were normal and within acceptable levels for recreational use. The municipality confirms that the organic stench the person posting last week’s video reported behind the Victoria Bay toilets may have also originated from nearby milkwood trees that gives off a stench when in bloom. The municipality has investigated the area to see if there was any other possible source of sewerage leak or other contamination, but has so far not identified any such leak or spill.

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20 years ago Herman and his wife Carina, with their 2 daughters moved to George in the beautiful Garden Route region of South Africa. He has a passion for the people of the region and is involved in many humanitarian projects. He is co-owner of the popular Facebook group called Georgiete Staan Saam with a membership of 71 000. He is a connector and an activist for unity and works tirelessly to help all communities in George and the Garden Route to realise that the answer for the political, business and socio-economical problems of the area is to stand together, plan together and working together at a common sustainable goal of alleviating poverty. Herman is the CEO of the Love Garden Route NPC and is one of the founders of the Love George movement. He is the owner and founder of the LoveGeorge News platform and the online radio stations RadioCSA. For 30 years Herman specializes in web development and web design and through his business also offer web-hosting, email-hosting and domain-hosting. As a Pastor he has presented over 40 men's and women's camps where the main focus is to assist and guide Christians in discovering their true calling and then activate them into their true Prophetic and Apostolic calling.