How to navigate Mzansi's first legal nude beach

By Drum Digital
18 December 2014

If you plan to make your way to South Africa’s first legal nude beach, don’t expect a free-for-all.

The beach has a globally accepted code of conduct by which beach-goers are expected to abide.

A 500m stretch of the beach, which falls within the Mpenjati Nature Reserve has been given official nude beach status by the Hibiscus Coast municipality.

Municipal spokesman Simon Soboyisa-April says, while they are keen to launch the beach, they want everything to be perfectly in place: "The intention is that this be a proper beach with the necessary infrastructure and, therefore, we agreed not to rush to officially open the beach. We have set ourselves a target that we must have it officially opened by the 2015 Easter season."

In preparing for your first trip to the special beach, below are some important rules to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you cover up any "unpredictable erections" - "We know they sometimes happen beyond your control. A simple towel covering it up or lying on your front, and no one will notice,” the code states.

  • Don't "dance provocatively", sit on or touch someone's genitals, or swap saliva. “Swaying of hips is allowed, but pole dancing wouldn't be, if you get our point."

  • "Always take a towel and make sure you sit on it when on other people's furniture. This is for hygiene reasons such as protecting other people from your sun tan oil, sweat, et cetera."

  • DON’T take photographs without the permission of others.

  • DON’T stare at other beachgoers, “it's rude whether you have clothes on or not".

  • " Rude comments are forbidden, as are obscene or offensive language, racism, sexism, homophobia or sexual or erotic material.

Source: Timeslive

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