Whilst the Buzz Bar, on Middle Beach Kenton on Sea during the festive season, provided a great view and decent refreshments it left quite a lot to be desired.
When the KOSRA committee viewed the proposal submitted to Ndlambe for ‘containers on the beach’ we were excited by the prospect of it being ‘just what was needed’ for holiday makers and residents alike. Sadly we were mistaken!
The reality was somewhat different to the promises:
- Treatment of sewage was inadequate. A pit was dug in the car park, into which sewage was discharged. This overflowed with green signs of sewage spread over a large area of the car park. As people, especially children, often walk bare foot from the beach to their cars, this constituted a health hazard.
- Sewage was also pumped from this pit by a long pipe into a manhole behind the municipal toilets. As this is merely a septic tank for a small facility, it must have been severely overloaded. We are unsure if any fee was paid to the municipality for this service!
- A water line was taken from the line into the municipal toilets to fill five large tanks whenever the water was turned on, regardless of the restrictions being observed by everyone else in Kenton. There was no sign of any meter!
- Refuse was not taken to the municipal skips. Numerous bags were dumped next to a pole in the car park!
- There appeared to be no age check into the disco, either limiting admission or the sale of alcohol.
- By early February there were still containers in the car park.
- At our insistence, the whole car park was finally disinfected three times – supervised by Willem Nel the Environmental Law Officer for Ndlambe Municipality.
Whilst holiday makers may have liked the restaurant and bar many Kenton residents were unhappy with the facility and particularly its effect on the environment. Ndlambe and KOSRA are likely to oppose any attempt to repeat it.
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