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 Posted: Fri Dec 7th, 2018 09:59 am
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The article from IOL..meaning if the PIC or sekunjalo were shareholders in any of the polluting industries, you would not hear about it in their papers but in one of their competitors' papers. Ahh "independent newspapers", come on, the irony could not have been lost on those that setup this ANC mouthpiece with state pensioners money..You couldn't even script it better! If it was not so tragic it would be hilarious. But anyway way off topic..back to the poor journalists (irrespective of who their bosses are) well written piece of work..

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/false-bays-raw-sewage-putting-beachgoers-at-risk-18417552

"Cape Town - An “apocalyptic” problem is developing along False Bay, which has affected marine life and may put beachgoers at risk because of mismanaged effluent from the Zandvlei Wastewater Treatment Works. UCT deputy director of environmental humanities Professor Lesley Green said millions of litres of raw sewage had been dumped into Kuils River, entered Macassar beach and affected the neighbouring coast.
Green, who worked with UWC’s senior chemistry Professor Leslie Petrik, and UCT anthropology lecturer Nikiwe Solomon, conducted tests on the Kuils River and coastal areas, and said contaminants were found on False Bay beaches.
“When the report came out, I was so shocked. I contacted (ward councillor) Ganief Hendricks, who arranged for us to visit. We did water samples and took it to the SAB (South African Bureau of Standards) and the results were shocking,” said Green.
“It’s a terrible issue, False Bay is nearby, and it’s going to affect the health of people more broadly. The ecology of False Bay is fragile; we cannot keep pumping effluent out like that.
Green said the pollutants found could cause a cholera outbreak, and people close to the river were already experiencing chronic illnesses.
Petrik said the population had affected the Peninsula as beaches alongside the river were heavily contaminated with microbes.
“Everyone playing in the sand will pick up infections. E coli is one of them. There are many reports of E coli infections. I’m not a micro (biology) specialist, but I can read the data, and the data I’ve seen is very concerning.
“If it continues to infect the water, the wave water will spread microbes all along the beaches. I would be thinking twice about swimming in the beach and putting my child on the sand to play because pollution is really rife,” said Petrik, adding that fish caught in the False Bay area were also studied and found to contain high levels of chemicals such as painkillers, pesticides and antibiotics found in sewage.
The researchers contacted the City and the Department of Health for intervention, and are working on a way to address the situation.
Leader of the Al Jama-ah political party, and Hendricks said the party had made a presentation to Mayor Dan Plato with the researchers, and it was agreed that urgent action would be taken.
“We made two recommendations: one to alert the public of the danger in the ocean, and one to alert the industry that fish are being poisoned. He will look into allegations made by the professors.
“False Bay beaches are unsafe for recreational activities and swimming, and seafood products are unsafe for human consumption. Hundreds of residents close to harmful rivers are ill, and some have died. The party is assisting them with a possible class action,” said Hendricks.
Mayoral committee member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services and Energy Xanthea Limberg said the matter pertained to algae blooms in False Bay, a common occurrence off the coastline with no known toxins.
She said the city had the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in the country, and welcomed engagements by the researchers, and looked forward to seeing their findings."


By Athina May, published in the Argus.

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And...related to my first rant, which I have mentioned many times already, but if you want to know why you hear nothing in the papers about the destructive fishing of the (Sassi "green") shallow water hake industry and its' catch (targeting) of valuable bycatch that directly influences our other biggest seafood export, squid and things like geelbek and cob stocks.

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-12-07-scopa-demands-answers-on-steinhoff-vbs-and-pics-other-troubled-investments/
https://city-press.news24.com/Business/how-the-pic-iqbal-surve-took-state-pensioners-for-a-ride-20181210

That is why.. The face at top of that page is running around with stupid amounts of Government pension money thanks to his big chom JZ, invested in what was previously the largest media conglomerate in SA and also the newest entrant to our fishing industries, namely hake and squid. Which I suppose the squid industry doesn't mind (or rather does and says nothing about..) the shallow water hake trawlers poaching hundreds of tons of their squid per annum?!

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So are you saying the story is over exaggerated propaganda from Iqbal to slander the DA?

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No not at all, there is not enough information to deduce that..I am just posting for the sake of alerting to pollution in false bay and commenting on the sad state of affairs..

It could be? It could not? We would need to know the specifics.

Iqbal and sekunjalo and their financial backers are a dodgy bunch, that is plainly obvious. IOL purchase was a propaganda play, using pension money to fund at great capital risk, that is obvious. In the case of the pollution, it would be nice to know what pesticides and medications were found in falsebay fish, in what concentrations and what the accepted norms/maximum levels are internationally. Attaching the analysis conducted by the SABS would be nice. And some real journalism would also be nice in an effort being made to find the source of the pollutants and make awareness so the correct channels can take care of correcting this and people can be prosecuted for making life less pleasant for us all. The E-coli reports I do not doubt for one second having spent years staying in muizenburg and when the SE blows the crap washing down from the sewerage works you don't need to be a professor to realise that if smells like poo and its not redbait, it probably is poo (and no it is not organics from the sea with it starting at the sewage works and sitting inshore in a brown line and my it stinks). The atlantic seaboard is just as bad when the onshore blows, spent many years surfing glen beach, clifton and sea point I can assure you. Poo water. I got numerous life threatening infections from surfing in Sea Point over the years. Poo bacteria and thrush were the ID's culprits. Ya so I do not doubt the E coli at all. The poo effluent that the city of cape town discharges and pumps in to the surrounding sea is both a crime to its citizens and a disgrace.

What also worries me is the cities' response, Igbals crew did not have to perform any spin to make them seem bad. The DA run do not deal with any specifics in the report and brush off and it under the carpet with a reasoning that makes non-sense. Taking a page out of the national government book there. Algal blooms, non Toxic? No pollution?

Sure there was a red tide 2 weeks back or so which the city may be referring to. But it IS toxic and we know all about it, being no mystery, and the SABS analysis would show exactly what is in the water and fish and it is either toxins from red tide or red tide itself, or pollutants. Chromatography and chemical analysis is a pretty exact science, they know exactly what is in that water, why not publish it? Someone here is speaking the BS and someone is speaking the truth. I assure you the brown crap that washes in from strandfontein sewerage works every time an east is blowing, that is NOT red tide. I don't need an analysis to see that, having watched it and smelt it for years personally.

So ja maybe an Iqbal spin, but doubt actually. I think the city is full of it, literally and I do not think this is going away soon.

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Regarding Poo on the atlantic seaboard, we always though the offshore upwelled clear water and the onshore blew in churned up brown water from afar..Turns out to be a more simpler explanation, with all those pumps stations pumping the untreated sewerage straight into the sea, when the offshore blows it blows it away, when the onshore blows it churns it into a big flushing toilet..now I know the SW actually pushed the clear blue tuna water inshore, we had no clue then it would bring brown stinky water?! We tought it was kelp rotting or something. I always used to wonder about all the tampons and condoms floating in the lineups, though there was no way people where throwing that much bathroom trash onto the street to get washed into the storm drains..No its just come out the toilets of all those nice flats on the shore, with all the other s#it and pumped straight out to sea, through broken pipes. Joy!

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