Beaches receive Blue Flag status

2019-11-05 06:00
More than 330 lifeguards have been stationed at various bathing areas around the city since the second week of September.

More than 330 lifeguards have been stationed at various bathing areas around the city since the second week of September.

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Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa), an organisation promoting environmental consciousness in South Africa, recently made the announcement that 10 beaches are now certified Blue Flag status.

Based on 33 criteria divided into four categories – environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services – two of the far south beaches, Muizenberg beach and Fish Hoek beach, have been acknowledged for their excellence.

The other beaches to receive Blue Flag status include Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay, Camps Bay, Fourth beach in Clifton, Llandudno, Melkbosstrand, Mnandi, Silwerstroomstrand, Strandfontein and Seaforth (provisionally).

The City of Cape Town says the announcement is good news for beachgoers and shows the City’s commitment to providing quality facilities for residents and visitors.

“The City is honoured to once again be part of the Blue Flag programme, with 10 of our beaches making the cut.

“The Blue Flag beaches are geographically well positioned around the metropole, from Silwerstroomstrand in the north, beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard, to the secluded little Bikini Beach next to the Gordons Bay Harbour in the South,” says Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien.

“These beaches are visited by thousands of residents and tourists every year and the City is making sure that they are of a high standard.”

According to the City, the announcement signifies the parks and recreation department’s summer readiness ahead of the holiday season, which promises to be busy, as usual..

Their preparations include more than 330 lifeguards being stationed at various bathing areas around the city, to ensure public safety.

Parks and recreation noted an almost 50% reduction in the number of fatal drowning incidents during the 2018/19 summer season, as compared to the previous season from 2017 to 2018..

“Our staff work tirelessly to ensure a quality experience for all visitors to our facilities, but it’s a two-way street and we need the public to support us by listening to lifeguards and other City staff, and to swim only in designated areas,” Badroodien said.

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