Dredged sand not safe

Sand piles at Zandvlei estuary caused by dredging.

Piles of sand dumped next to the Zandvlei estuary following dredging of the waterway could pose a risk for small children, says Muizenberg resident Stellamarie Nel Kruize.

“The integrity of the sand changes once the damp evaporates and it becomes dry. If it falls inwards with the added weight of a little toddler, it will be too late by the time the parent tries to dig the child out,” she said.

She insisted that the City cordon the area off.

On Tuesday, August 24, the False Bay Echo visited the area and noted that tape had been used to do that.

Zandvlei Nature Reserve manager Kyran Wright said the sand piles were there because of dredging in the lower reaches of the vlei that was expected to continue throughout August.

“The purpose of these efforts is to decongest the lower reaches of the vlei, leading to improved catchment flushing and fish migration. During this time, sand will be stockpiled in certain areas, which will be off limits to members of the public due to safety concerns,” he said.

• Esele Agao, 44, a Congolese national, was stabbed twice in the chest, allegedly for his cellphone, on Saturday, August 21, at Zandvlei.

Mr Agao was hospitalised after the incident and police are investigating a case of robbery and aggravated assaulted, says Muizenberg police station commander Colonel Vassie Naidoo.

The two perpetrators are still at large. Anyone with information can call Muizenberg police at 021 787 9005.

The incident happened on the banks of Zandvlei between the sand piles.

Ward councillor Aimee Kuhl said the attack was testimony to spreading lawlessness.

“The management of the estuary and the logistical requirements are necessary to ensure we don’t lose this recreational asset. And I urge all residents to stay clear from the vlei mouth for their physical safety,” she said.