The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the City of Umhlathuze have joined forces to rejuvenate Alkantstrand Beach ahead of the upcoming festive season.
The initiative comes in the wake of adverse weather conditions that hampered dredging activities at the Richards Bay beach.
Despite the challenges encountered during the accelerated restoration efforts, significant progress has been achieved.
This includes the installation of geo sandbags to support the reclaimed floating line outlet, which was refurbished in October.
Additionally, clean-up teams have been successful in clearing debris and replenishing the eroded sand on the shore side.
Dennis Mqadi, Richards Bay port manager, said TNPA remains committed to collaborating with the city in creating a safe and inviting space for the public through the beach restoration project.
He acknowledged the valuable contribution of all stakeholders involved in this endeavour.
Beach restoration typically involves the placement of sand on an eroded beach to restore it for recreational purposes and provide storm protection for coastal properties.
The process may entail bringing in sand from inland or offshore sites.
The Alkantstrand Beach expansion and upgrade project aims to enhance the capacity of Richards Bay's main beach, thereby alleviating beach congestion, the city said in its official newsletter, uMhlathuze Wami.
The city has a history of beach restoration activities, leveraging dredged sand material to maintain its status as a popular tourist destination while safeguarding its dune and beach system.