Media Alert and Statement by the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube.
“I wish to promise the people of KwaZulu-Natal that a brighter future is awaiting us. I continue to receive calls from tourists from across the country and the globe.
They cannot wait to, once again, sample the warmth and friendly smiles of the people of this province.
Following the news of Sardine run – for many of our visitors, memories of our warm beaches come swimming back.
They yearn to return to the coast and paddle out in the early morning at the Durban’s beachfront, Ballito, Amanzimtoti, Shelly Beach, Margate and Richards Bay.
Importantly, over the next few months, our entity – the KZN Sharks Board will be monitoring the movement of large shoals of sardines from the cold waters of Cape Point to KwaZulu-Natal.
I have been briefed about this today’s successful patrol flight by the KZN Sharks Board.
Using our dedicated aircraft, they spotted cattered, thin pockets of sardines/baitfish between Warner Beach and Port Edward but mostly further offshore.
It should be remembered that yesterday there was a sardine activity in the Mtentu/Msikaba area.
The SA Weather Services has indicated that we must expect a cloud cover from 12pm tomorrow. There will be no rain and temperatures will reach a high of around 23ºC.
The people of KwaZulu-Natal must also expect rough to high seas – with waves as high as four to six metres reaching this province tomorrow.
We have also been informed that there is a fresh South Westerly wind predicted for tomorrow.
It is for these reasons that we are hopeful that this will push sardines to KwaZulu-Natal.
Critically, we wish to remind the people of this province that as per the directive from national government – all fishing, including recreational fishing, is permitted with the exception of charter fishing.
In addition, the KZN Sharks Board has lifted the Shark Safety Gear in preparation for the anticipated Greatest Shoal on Earth.
As per COVID-19 regulations, swimming is prohibited. Therefore – for your safety – please be warned not to venture out to any beach between Port Edward in the South and Richards Bay in the North.
Fishermen are requested to ensure that they have a valid permit at all times. In addition, they are advised not to bring family members and friends in line with health protocols and social distancing in particular. Only permit holding netters are allowed.
When the country enters COVID-19 Level 1, the Sharks Board will be at the forefront of ensuring the safety of millions of beach lovers and tourists.
It has been proven that there is a direct correlation between tourism and safe bathing at our beaches. About 98% of our tourists visit beaches for recreational purposes.
Therefore, the role played by Sharks Board in protecting the tourism sector has been strengthened.
Not only does the Sharks Board provide bather protection, it also conducts research into the biology of sharks and other animals caught in the Shark Safety Gear.
The entity offers public education programme on safety precautions that bathers should adhere to.”
*NB* : Post COVID-19, members of the public wishing to visit the Sharks Board should contact 031 566 0400/0430 or 031 826 600.
Alternatively, for Sardine activities contact – Greg Thompson on 031 566 0400/0430 or email