It will cost R5.4m to rehabilitate North End lake

WATER HAZARD: Afri-Coast environmental scientists Dylan Anderson, left, and Clement Ofori sample the murky water at the North End Lake in this 2011 photograph. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
WATER HAZARD: Afri-Coast environmental scientists Dylan Anderson, left, and Clement Ofori sample the murky water at the North End Lake in this 2011 photograph. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality needs R5.4-million to rehabilitate Port Elizabeth’s heavily polluted North End Lake for it to be suitable for recreational use.

Four years after the lake underwent a major clean-up for the 2010 soccer World Cup, it has been neglected to such an extent that it has been declared unsafe for recreational activities.

Bay economic development, tourism and agriculture head Anele Qaba said the main pollution source was organic waste from illegal connections of sewers to storm water conduits.

In a report to the portfolio committee, which met on Tuesday, Qaba said: “A number of studies have emphasised the urgent need to improve North End Lake’s very poor water quality to fully realise its socio-economic worth and environmental value.

“The current high bacterial levels make the water unsafe for full and intermediate contact recreational activities.

“In spite of the potential health risks, the lake is well used for aquatic sports such as powerboating, canoeing and angling.”

He said there was no significant industrial pollution detected in the water quality tests.

The municipality needed the R5.4-million to clean up the lake so it could be used for sports.

“With the advent of an improved water quality, it is intended that a number of watersport codes will return to or use the North End Lake areas.

“With this, [we] anticipate safety and security in the lake area will become paramount to ensure the success of the [lake] rehabilitation in the long run.

“Sporting codes [which] have expressed interest are running, cycling, sailing, powerboating, open-water swimming, triathlons, canoeing and rowing.”

The municipality hopes to have the lake operational by the end of July 2016. – Rochelle de Kock

3 thoughts on “It will cost R5.4m to rehabilitate North End lake

  • September 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    why are we once again having to spend money on rehabing the north end lake. it should stay rehabed when it si done. there many people who utilise this lake and it could be made to be more than it is. Dallas

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  • September 4, 2014 at 11:26 am
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    More of our money to be siphoned away by the sticky fingered!

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  • September 4, 2014 at 11:00 am
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    N.M.B.M. sleeping on the job AGAIN!!!Useless! The only answer is to vote them OUT in May 2015!

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