Beach plan passed

2018-01-23 06:00

A plan to maintain and manage dune systems and beaches, drafted by the City of Cape Town, has been agreed to by provincial government.

The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has agreed to the City’s Maintenance Management Plan (MMP) for rehabilitation and management interventions for Cape Town dunes and beaches.

The MMP looks to manage various coastal processes including, erosion, accretion and wind-blown sand. Due to the nature of Cape Town’s coastline, public infrastructure such as roads and walkways in close proximity to the coastline are frequently either smothered by wind-blown sand or undercut by erosion, the plan states. The document provides best practice guidelines for managing the City’s dunes and beaches, Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development, previously told People’s Post (“One plan for all beaches”, 19 September). It will provide proactive legislative approvals for undertaking any necessary maintenance activities that might be required for managing the beaches and infrastructure affected by dunes. “The City has an extensive coastline which is highly dynamic and is one of Cape Town’s most valuable socio-economic assets. Paradoxically, the coastline can also be a source of risk to the City in the form of storm surges, wind-blown sand, migrating dunes, etc. For these reasons, it is important that the City manages dunes and beaches according to best practice with the view to optimise their social, environmental and economic value,” he said.

The plan will be applied to all the City beaches as necessary, according to Herron, and will “improve the manner in which the City manages its dunes and beaches”.

It will also expedite dune and beach maintenance and management, and reduce costs, as there will no longer be a need for individual MMPs, which can be costly and time consuming to develop.

V An appeals process against the department’s decision is open, and interested or affected parties may appeal to the department via post to Private Bag X9186, Cape Town, 8000; fax to 021 483 4174, or hand to Jaap de Villiers, Room 809, 8th Floor, Utilitas Building, 1 Dorp Street.

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