Hibiscus Coast says no to nude beach

2014-02-18 10:12

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Durban - The Hibiscus Coast Municipality says it will oppose any plans for a nude beach between Port Shepstone and Port Edward on the province’s South Coast.

On Saturday, KwaZulu-Natal naturists gathered at an inaugural meeting to establish a naturist association in the province.

The meeting was held at The Hooting Owl in Marina Beach, South Coast. This was the first step towards the formation of the KZN Naturists’ Association (KZNNA).  

Christo Bothma, spokesperson for the naturists, said the Gauteng Naturists’ Association was assisting with the formation of a KZN association.

But municipal spokesperson Simon Soboyisa said they were unaware of the nudist association and would not entertain public indecency on their beaches.  

“Our beaches in the municipality are for the public. We believe that the majority of the people would not approve of a beach for the nude,” he said.

The Hibiscus Coast has some of the best holiday spots in the province attracting tens of thousands every year to Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Uvongo, Shelly Beach, Margate, Southbroom and Port Edward.

The Hibiscus Coast boasts six Blue Flag beaches at Margate, Marina/San Lameer, Ramsgate, Trafalgar, Umzumbe and Lucien.  

Bothma said interested people who want membership with the association will go through a rigorous screening process before they are given membership.

“It’s a privilege and honour that comes with a great challenge to be part of the formation of the naturists’ association in the province. Saturday’s meeting had a good turn-out and there was a lot of commitment from those in attendance,” said Bothma.

Asked if they were not concerned about people who might join for ulterior motives, Bothma said in the two existing associations, in the Western Cape and Gauteng, “fake” naturalists are detected. “We have very strict rules guarding the behaviour of members.

If you break any of the rules you can get blacklisted from all naturist associations worldwide. This is a way of life and has nothing to do with sex. Interviews for membership are structured in a way that assists in ensuring that we don’t sign up potential paedophiles and rapists,” he said.  

He said 20 people attended Saturday’s meeting, including members from the Gauteng Naturist Association.

“All the people who attended the meeting were very enthusiastic about the concept and in May an annual general meeting will be held to officially constitute the KZNNA. Currently two other provincial naturist associations, Western Cape and Gauteng exists with a fast growing number of members,” he said.

He said they will go ahead and approach different municipalities for a secluded space for naturism.

“Measures will be put in place to ensure that there’s decency and warning signs will be visible,” he said.
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