Being a ‘strandloper’

2016-06-23 06:00

THE injection of the Afrikaans word for beach walker may not be linguistically consistent, but that is precisely what a group of us did recently - we strolled the beautiful beaches of the South Coast.

Area committee members, municipal officials and Ugu South Coast Tourism personnel conducted our annual beach tour where we inspected all the main beaches along our entire coastline.

My report, which will be circulated to the municipal managers of our coastal municipalities, will be a mix of noticeable improvements in the presentation of a number of beach sites as well as a snag list for authorities to attend to as soon as possible.

Generally most identified snags such as paint jobs, tiling and plumbing requirements are doable and not massively cost consumptive so we anticipate continued upgrades going forward.

What did impress the evaluation team was the number of sites where personnel were in fact placing a lot of pride in the neatness of public space precincts. There were, of course, pockets for concern, but on the whole the amenities were better presented than we expected.

In addition we also noted many sites that through SAPS and community involvement had security presence permanently on site - this can do wonders for our Sunny and Safe ambitions.

As stated before, there is some way to go before our destination can claim high quality presentation levels for all beach sites, but unless we conduct such tours, we will be remiss in our efforts to ensure that everybody has a good level of comfort when at leisure on our beaches.

There is no doubt that our beaches are as a collective scenically the best in KZN and beach walking over the two-day period was extremely therapeutic even though we were busying ourselves writing on clip boards and being sleuths.

May everybody have a fantastic mid-year break. No wonder the inland folk from over the escarpment migrate here when their winter holidays are due.

It is lovely here at this time of year.

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