Dolphin Beach keeps Blue Flag status

2018-10-18 06:03
Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams (second left), representing the Mayor and Acting Manager Parks and Community Amenities, Frank Tamboer (second right), are congratulated by Wessa CEO Dr Thommie Burger and Mossel Bay Mayor Dirk Kotze. Photo: SUPPLIED

Kouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Brenton Williams (second left), representing the Mayor and Acting Manager Parks and Community Amenities, Frank Tamboer (second right), are congratulated by Wessa CEO Dr Thommie Burger and Mossel Bay Mayor Dirk Kotze. Photo: SUPPLIED

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DOLPHIN Beach in Jeffreys Bay has retained its Blue Flag status, with the St Francis Bay canals able to hoist the flag for the first time.

Kouga’s prime beach is one of 46 beaches in the country and one of only seven in the Eastern Cape where the Blue Flag will be flown.

The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (Wessa) held its annual national Blue Flag launch at Santos Beach in Mossel Bay on Friday. Wessa is the implementing partner of the Department of Tourism for the Blue Flag programme.

In addition to the beaches, the prestigious flag will also fly at eight marinas and 12 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa during the Blue Flag season, which officially starts on November 1.

Finance Portfolio Councillor and Acting Executive Mayor of Kouga at the time, Brenton Williams, went to receive this year’s Blue Flag at the launch on behalf of the municipality.

“We are super proud that we have retained this status as it is international confirmation that Dolphin Beach is a quality holiday destination.

“It recognises that we are at the forefront of beach management as stringent international conditions must be met,” he said.

Applications for the Blue Flag eco-label are reviewed annually by a South African and international jury panel.

To achieve the status, as many as 33 criteria, spanning over four areas of coastal management, must be maintained.

The four areas are water quality, environmental education information, environmental management and safety services.

The Blue Flag programme, now running for 31 years, focuses on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats and is designed to raise environmental awareness and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach managers.

Williams said the municipality had been working closely with Wessa and the Department of Environmental Affairs to improve its beachfronts and coastline.

This is the 17th time that Dolphin Beach received Blue Flag status.

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