Naturists looking for spot for nudist beach on the South Coast

2014-02-13 00:00

NATURISTS in the province have revealed that they are setting their sights on their own nudist beach along KwaZulu-Natal’s South Coast.

Yesterday John Skene, a naturist from the South Coast, said he was requested by the Gauteng Naturist Association to establish an association in the province.

Skene said there were a number of naturist associations in the country, but none was officially recognised. Once the association is formed, the next step will be to approach authorities to make available a spot on one of the South Coast beaches for naturists.

“We understand that if we are to have a beach for naturists, the laws governing public indecency will have to be altered a bit. This has huge implications for the tourism industry. In Europe, naturism is popular. This means our tourist figures could increase if we had this kind of a beach,” said Skene.

On Saturday, he will be convening a meeting at the Hooting Owl in Marina Beach, Margate, in the Hibiscus Coast local municipality, where he will be canvassing for membership.

Asked if he thought the community would allow people walking in the nude on the beaches, Skene said naturist beaches were fairly isolated and that the general public did not frequent them as there are signs alerting the people to the fact that it’s a beach for the nude.

“This is about the freedom to walk around naked without fear of being sexually violated. I really don’t know how the turn-out of the meeting will be, but I’m expecting at least more than 20 people to attend,” said Skene.

He said when naturists gather, they do so in large groups, hence they have no security concerns when they meet. A nudist website that was last updated in February 2006 listed Umhlanga beach as an unofficial nudist beach.

The website claims: “Despite its unofficial status as a nudist beach, the lagoon end of the beach is often used by naturists,” and gave directions.

Peter Rose, chairperson of Umhlanga Tourism, said it was nonsense that nudism could have huge implications for tourism.

Asked if there was a nudist beach in the area, Rose said he could not comment about the past. He said Umhlanga has family beaches only.

“If it’s [nudism] popular in Europe, then why would someone travel thousands of kilometres at huge costs just to come and walk in the nude at a secluded beach while the person could have travelled a short distance to the nearest beach in their country?

“If it would have any spin-offs for tourism, we would have had one already,” said Rose.

Khanyiso Seysi, municipal spokesperson for the Hibiscus Coast, requested an e-mail with questions and said the municipality can only comment today.

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