Durban to rejoin Blue Flag programme

2013-07-10 08:52

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Durban - Durban will be participating in the Blue Flag programme once more after four years of pursuing their own water quality programme.

Tourism Update reports that KZN used to have 10 beaches with Blue Flag status. However, the municipality withdrew from the programme in 2008 after deciding to set up its own water quality signboards at the beaches. 

Former City Manager, Michael Sutcliffe, argued that Blue Flag administrators were applying double standards when comparing the cleanliness of seawater in Durban with that in Europe.

Ethekwini Mayor, Councillor James Nxumalo, says to re-enter the Blue Flag programme, the city will first have a Blue Flag pilot status for a year at beaches in the Umdloti tidal area - Umdloti Main, Ushaka and Umgagaba. 

During this time, Durban will have to demonstrate that it complies with all 33 quality criteria required by Blue Flag International.

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