Nudist beach about to take off

2003-09-22 23:50

Port Elizabeth - Plans to establish a nudist beach outside Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape have been met with mixed reactions.

Bev Young, director of the Ndlambe Tourism Board, said on Monday that two beaches have been earmarked. The beaches are about 20km outside town, en route to East London.

Young said the board now needed to decide between two areas - the beach between the Great Fish River and Rocky Point and the beach at Cape Padrone.

She said the proposal was read out during a council meeting last week and no objections were lodged. She said the next step was to get permission from private landowners to build roads in the area.

Young said not everyone would welcome a nudist beach but she said it was an additional tourist attraction.

Rev Robin Murray from the Port Alfred Ministers Fraternal said the church was opposed to the idea. He said there were so many issues today that the church had to attend to, and now nudism was being added. "If you have naked people on a beach, one thing can lead to another," he said.

Colleen Watney, chairperson of the ACDP in the Eastern Cape, said the party would oppose the idea. She said it could lead to more rapes and crime.

Eddie Trent, the DA's spokesperson for economy, conservation and tourism, said that nudist beaches were acceptable worldwide. He said the DA did not have a problem with it as long as it was not offensive.