CPUT students visit Seaforth Beach

2019-03-19 06:00
CPUT students visiting Seaforth Beach.

CPUT students visiting Seaforth Beach.

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The second and third-year students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) held a field trip to Seaforth Beach, in Simon’s Town, as part of their Coastal Management class on Saturday 9 March.

The students were hosted by the City’s Recreation and Parks Department.

As part of their curriculum, the students are discussing the Integrated Coastal Management Act and its implication on sustainable environmental management in coastal and marine areas. The purpose of the excursion was to observe environmental management first-hand and gain practical knowledge to supplement the theoretical knowledge contained in their textbooks.

Practical education is a privilege that students in Cape Town can easily take advantage of, given the richness of the natural resources and coastal biodiversity, meticulously maintained by the City’s coastal management teams.

The students also enjoyed spending the afternoon with penguins – an endangered species living along the rocky beaches in Simon’s Town.

The City supports these field trips as an important part of their participation in the International Blue Flag Programme. In order for a beach to be awarded the coveted Blue Flag status, there must be evidence of environmental awareness activities targeted at the public about:

.Bathing water quality;

.Local coastal ecosystems (e.g wetlands, unique habitats such as the penguin colony and sensitive natural areas;

.Laws and regulations governing beach usage and management;

.Care for the environment by recreational users and tourists, and best practices in environmental matters.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien says their mission is to enrich the outdoor learning experience and share knowledge which can transform how people interact with and protect the coastline and these students are after all the future coastal managers.

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