Two beaches in Simon’s Town, Seaforth and Waters Edge will remain closed following a sewage spill.

In a statement, the City of Cape said that the sewage spill that caused the temporary closure was due to a break in the rising main pipeline in the vicinity of the parking area on Thursday 4 November.

The pipe was fully repaired the same day, the area was cleaned, and bio-enzymes were also applied.

Ongoing testing of the water is being done. “Repeat water sampling as per standard protocol is ongoing and the beaches will be reopened only once testing confirms bacterial counts have returned to safe levels. Water quality results for Thursday’s samples, taken during the spill, showed very high bacterial levels,” says the City of Cape Town.

Signage has been posted at both beaches to advise the public of the temporary closure. People have been warned to stay out of the water and avoid contact with the water at these beaches.

Officials will advise as soon as it is safe to return to these beaches