Beach to undergo multi-million upgrade

2016-10-13 06:00

MORE than R12 million will be pumped into upgrading the Jeffreys Bay beachfront, including the town’s main beach which was awarded international Blue Flag status for the period November 2016 to April 2017.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says the municipality received R12,3 million through the Working for the Coast programme of the Department of Environmental Affairs for coastal rehabilitation and clean-ups.

A portion of the funding will be used to upgrade facilities at Jeffreys Bay’s Dolphin Beach, including the construction of a new life guard tower.

“We also plan on constructing a boardwalk and ablution facilities at Pellsrus Beach,” says Van Lingen.

She says the town’s world-famous surfing spot, Supertubes, will also benefit from the allocation. “We are looking at upgrading the boardwalks at Supertubes. Supertubes is the venue of the J-Bay Open of Surfing, which brings in tens of thousands of visitors to our shores every July. As the Council, we need to ensure that the venue can accommodate the ever-increasing number of people who visit Jeffreys Bay for this big event.”

It is anticipated that 70 Kouga locals will receive employment through the project, which is being implemented by Tswella Trading on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs.

According to the business plan, the construction of the boardwalk and ablution facilities at Pellsrus Beach will cost about R3,25 million. Just more than R7 million will be put towards general coastal clean-ups and the construction of the new lifeguard tower at Dolphin Beach. A further R1,55 million will be used for the rehabilitation of about 15km of the coastline, including paving and alien plant removal. Twenty recycled plastic bins and 15 recycled plastic benches will also be installed at a cost of just more than R300 000.

The project is set to run from November 2016 to April 2018.

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