Ball games banned on top Cape Town beach

2013-09-03 10:14
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Cape Town - Ball sports on Clifton’s fourth beach have been banned after complaints that games were taking up substantial space on the beach.

Subcouncil 16, which includes Camps Bay, has agreed to erect clear signs on Clifton Fourth prohibiting all ball-playing sports, reported the Cape Argus on Monday.

Ward councillor Beverley Schafer told the newspaper there had been “ongoing problems” of formalised volleyball and other games, during and outside the beach’s blue flag status, with big corporate competitions monopolising much of the space.

Schafer said the city would demarcate a formal ball playing area on Camps Bay.

The move to provide clearer signs about restricted activities at Clifton has been welcomed by the Clifton Bungalows’ Association.

Association spokesperson Emma Fonzari said there had also been some restrictions on water and beach activities, but that these by-laws were not always enforced by the city’s law enforcement officials, who tended to use their discretion.

“An informal touch rugby game by a family on a quiet day has less impact than two five-a-side teams rampaging over toddlers and churning sand in the face of other beach users.”

She said complaints to the association had been mounting about the organised beach volleyball courts.

“The principle that the beach is for the use of all is key. Activities which set aside portions of the beach for any closed group are discouraged by policy,” Fonzari said.

Meanwhile, buskers may soon be housed at Camps Bay’s pump house, as part of the City of Cape Town’s broader plan to upgrade the beach.

This was an ideal opportunity to combine the creation of a formalised playing area with an upgrade of the beach, Schafer said.

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