Blue Flags Fly High on Cape Town Beaches

Nineteen seashores in South Africa have been awarded the Blue Flag by the Basis for Environmental Training (FEE), six of those seashores are in Cape City, 4 in Port Elizabeth and 4 within the south coast. KwaZulu-Natal. The Blue Flag standing implies that the seashore has reached and maintained worldwide requirements of security, hygiene and luxury. It additionally reveals dedication to environmental safety / conservation.

An utility for the Blue Flag standing is solely free and in South Africa is managed by the South African Wildlife and Surroundings Affiliation, the Surroundings and Tourism Division and the suitable coastal authorities. South Africa's inland seashores have been awarded the Blue Flag by the Basis for Environmental Training (FEE), six of that are in Cape City, 4 in Port Elizabeth and 4 on the southern coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The Blue Flag standing implies that the seashore has reached and maintained worldwide requirements of security, hygiene and luxury. It additionally reveals dedication to environmental safety / conservation.

An utility for the Blue Flag standing is solely free and in South Africa is managed by the South African Wildlife and Surroundings Affiliation, the Surroundings and Tourism Division and the suitable coastal authorities. Initially a European initiative, in 2001 it expanded with worldwide seashores and South Africa was one of many first international locations within the queue for evaluation. Within the first 12 months, solely 4 SA seashores obtained the place of the Blue Flag, however the quantity has been climbing and peaked at 20 seashores in 2005 and 2006.

Greater than three,300 seashores are actually a part of the Blue Flag Program in international locations all around the world, together with together with Bulgaria, Croatia, Iceland, Turkey, Jamaica, Romania and Scotland. International locations that haven’t but reached the place of the Blue Flag however are within the pilot part of this system are Tunisia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Malta, Brazil and Aruba. South Africa has 16 seashores within the experimental part and hopes they are going to attain the place of the Blue Flag in time for the 2010 World Cup. These seashores embrace: Fish Hoek (Cape City), Kleinmond (Hermanus), Cannon Rocks (Jap Cape) and Trafalgar ( Municipality of Hibiscus).

SA seashores that met FEE & # 39; s environmental training and knowledge requirements, water high quality, environmental administration and security and companies are:

o Dolphin Seaside (Jeffrey's Bay – Jap Cape)
o Hobie Seaside (Port Elizabeth – Jap Cape)
o Kelly & # 39; s Seaside (Port Alfred – Jap Cape)
o Bikini Seaside (Gordon & # 39; s Bay – Western Cape)
o Camps Bay Seaside (Cape City – Western Cape)
o Hawston Seaside (Hermanus – Western Cape)
o Muizenberg Seaside (Cape City – Western Cape)
o Margate Seaside (South Coast – KwaZulu-Natal)
o Ramsgate Seaside (South Seaside – KwaZulu-Natal)

Durban (KwaZulu-Natal) remains to be rescuing after the withdrawal of the Blue Flag six seashores earlier this 12 months. Discovered that the seashores had & # 39; unacceptably excessive & # 39; ranges of sewage-related water and port air pollution & # 39; the issue has not but been resolved.

References:

www.southafrica.information/journey/surf/blueflagbeaches.html
www.blueflag.org

Supply by Sandy Cosser

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