4x4 beach ban to stay

2012-07-17 11:19

Johannesburg - A ban on driving 4x4 vehicles on beaches will not be reconsidered, The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"Neither the prohibition nor the restriction of the recreational use of vehicles is currently being reconsidered due to the positive impact it is having on the ecology of the South African coastal zone," Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in response to questions by Democratic Alliance.

Molewa said as a result of the prohibition on driving for recreation, there had been an improvement in the ecology of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline.

However, long term research was underway near Cape Vidal to determine if the fish species population, which are targeted by shore fisherman, had been recovered.

There were exceptions to the vehicle ban during fishing competitions, tourism purposes and scientific research.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-17 11:46

    Good news. Keep vehicles off the beach - they are a danger to not only the environment and shore-line creatures but to humans as well. Above all it means that some coastal areas remain free from fishing practices and as such are 'nurseries' for marine creatures.

  • werner.we.1 - 2012-07-17 11:50

    I agree most beaches should be closed, but make a small stretch availible , there are towns who depend on tourism , now everybody is just driving to Mosambique , and spend there money there.

      Walter - 2012-07-17 12:21

      Werner, you have a good point. Visitor numbers at Sodwana in particular have dropped considerably since iSimangaliso has enforced the ban except for public holidays, week-ends and high season periods. People are selling their shares in lodges and the local population will suffer exponentially. Soon Zaloumis will have to contend with protesting locals.

      schmee.gol - 2012-07-17 12:40

      Good, let them spend their money there. When the beaches are stuffed up completely in Mosambique then they will finally realise why the ban was imposed here. I would rather want environmentally conscious tourists to visit our beaches.

      joneethling - 2012-07-17 12:47

      Damage to tourism is temporary, Damage to environment..........

      Koos - 2012-07-17 12:51

      Werner, you ever been to Mosambique? It's not just the 4x4 heads that go there and there is definite other reasons to go and one of them is safety.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-07-17 12:21

    No real outdoor enthusiast would condone messing up beaches for recreational fun like that. I say keep the ban, too many idjits with quads anyway.

  • paul.smit.5 - 2012-07-17 12:29

    Keep them off our beaches!!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-17 12:57

    I'm keen to see results of the impact on offshore fishing. I'm sure the ghost crab population must have rocketed, and they are surely a source of food for surf dwelling fish. I do agree with koos, the harvesting of inshore rock organisms is ridiculous, everything living is stripped. This must have a huge impact on the quantity of reef fish a reef is able to support. One thing for certain, offshore angling is still poor compared to "the old" days. Fact. And this deprives many a person living on our coastline a cheap source of protein. Problem is nobody dares take on the harvesting problem, as it is immediately violently politicised. The likes of Zaloumis and co have radical political backgrounds, so it is unlikely they will support an idea like this, even if it is beneficial to the people they "represent". Politics and ideologies destroys the ability to be logical. Oh - forgot, another species that will be very happy are white fronted plovers, I on so many occasions almost squashed their chicks, they are tiny and sand coloured.

      werner.we.1 - 2012-07-17 13:52

      Agree , Zaloumis works for the UN under Agenda 21 , no more power to the locals,all under the false name of preservation.

      Frank James Gainsford - 2013-09-09 11:53


  • gareth.mckerrell - 2012-07-17 13:34

    RATHER invest in spending some time on Durbans beaches during shad season..............that period does the most damage to species, as well as sparkplugs in the water! ahahahah

  • Willem - 2012-07-17 16:10

    This kind of behavior by the government smells of discrimination. While millions of ton's of earth is washed away by indigenous land owners, the whities are not allowed to dive on the beach. Why is the energy not focused on where the real environmental impact is namely the bad farming methods. Don't worry to much, as the sand will become more and more as the land is washed away, everybody will have to use 4X4's soon.

      gareth.mckerrell - 2012-07-17 17:30

      In all honesty.... a few ruined it for everyone, I remember seeing some "MANNE" ripping their bakkies through the dunes, with a castle in one hand.At the end of the day I miss driving on the beach too, but it has a positive effect on the beach and ecosystem so ill live with it. we walk 2km up the beach to fish, its not really that bad

  • paul.gouge1 - 2012-07-18 08:21

    If someone proactive did proper research on the maputoland coast from kosi to richards bay they would find the rock life is in a worse condition than before the BAN they will also find the fish life on the kosi coast has deteriorated dramatically since the Ban ,ive been visiting the area for 20yrs, permits and fishing clubs would help generate revenue and police the area tremendously, and remember the MANAGEMENT OF THE AREA IS CASH STUCK makes you wonder cheers Paul

      gareth.mckerrell - 2012-07-21 12:10

      @paul, how could the rock life be worse? surely with less people raping the rocks up the beach, nature should be in a better state? Im all for driving on the beach again, as long as its done properly

  • Frank James Gainsford - 2013-04-24 10:26

    It is now April 2013, and the government is in the process of updating this legislation to make things more difficult to access our coastal zones by vehicle for recreational purposes. The Elephant Coast has suffered serious economic losses with more than 20 000 jobs lost as far back as 2004 as a consequence of the 4x4 ban and related legislation which prohibits the use of recreational vehicle access to recreational use areas along our well cared for coastal zones. The 4x4 ban has over time proven it self to be a violation of our collective rights, as enshrined in our constitution in chapter 2, section 24, section 36 and section 38. see this report by KZN tourism for more information on the 4x4 ban and its negative impact on the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa see our social media profiles at

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