Striking lifeguards stand outside the entrance to Amanzimtoti Beach south of Durban. Photo by Jabulani Langa
Amanzimtoti residents swimming in the beach without lifeguards assistant. Photo by Jabulani Langa

THE popular Amanzimtoti Beach south of Durban has been temporarily closed because lifeguards are on a go- slow.

The lifeguards have threatened to stop saving lives until their demands are met. They have been on strike since last Friday.

They claim that their manager treated them badly and was not providing enough working equipment, making it difficult for them to work.

One of the lifeguards said they refuse to perform any duties until the manager attends to their needs.

“We can’t be forced to work in a way that only suits him.

“We are human beings and deserve to be treated as such.

“The manager only cares about himself. He forgets that workers have needs too,” said the lifeguard.

“Maybe things will change for the better if they remove him and bring a new manager,” said another lifeguard.

“We don’t have first aid kits. The kits we have expired. We also don’t have gym equipment.”

Tozi Mthethwa of the City of Durban said they were aware of the go-slow by Amanzimtoti lifeguards.

“In the interim, while the relevant unit is dealing with the matter and in the interests of safety, the beach is temporarily closed.

“Allegations that the lifeguards have been mistreated by their manager are unfounded.

“The lifeguards have raised concerns about equipment.

“We are currently following supply chain management processes and the equipment will be available in the next three months,” said Mthethwa.