E coli threatens popular Cape beach


South Africa is home to a record number of 82 Blue Flag beaches – including Clifton 4th – but a study done by UCT’s health faculty shows that it contains elevated levels of E coli.

UPDATE: Cape beach warning is 'sensational'

The Cape Times reports Professor Edda Weimann did a comprehensive study of the world famous beach in 2013 and says she fears the situation "could be worse this year".

The study showed that water quality tested “between 10(4) and 10(6)”, which indicates the beach could be affected by waste water due to polluted rivers, major shipping routes or outlets of human settlements. Most at risk are small children and those with immune deficiencies.

Weimann describes the results as “frightening”, saying the situation is being completely ignored.

The Wildlife and Environmental Society of SA (Wessa) is responsible for managing the Blue Flag programme and governance manager Morgan Griffiths confirmed in the report that a test at the beach last week showed elevated levels of E coli.

While it could be seen as a blow to prestigious Blue flag status, Wessa did say a test two days later showed the situation had cleared up.

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According to Mayco member for Health Benedicta van Minnen, the City is not directly responsible for the state of coastal waters but it is monitoring the situation every second week through sample sites set up at popular bathing spots along the False Bay and Atlantic coastlines.

Minnen said the water quality was "well within the allowable limits" and it was "safe for bathing”.

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The Western Cape is the province that boasts the most Blue Flag sites, with 27 beaches being awarded full Blue Flag status and another five getting Pilot status. It is also home to five Blue Flag marinas and six whale watching boats

The Eastern Cape has nine beaches with full Blue Flag status and KZN 10.

Here's a full list of Blue Flag sites for this year:

Western Cape:

City of Cape Town:

Silwerstroomstrand

Clifton 4th  

Llandudno

Muizenberg

Strandfontein

Mnandi

Bikini

Melkbosstrand (Pilot)

Matzikama

Strandfontein (Vredendal)

Overstrand

Kleinmond

Hawston

Grotto  
                               

Hessequa

Witsand

Preekstoel

Lappiesbaai

Gouritzmond

Jongensfontein (P)

Stilbaai Wes (P)


Mossel Bay

Santos

De Bakke

Hartenbos

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Klein Brak

Eden District

Wilderness

Knysna

Buffalo Bay

Brenton-on-Sea

Swartvlei (P)

Bitou

Robberg 5

Keurboomstrand

Nature’s Valley

Lookout

Cape Agulhas

Struisbaai (P)

Western Cape Marinas

Thesen Islands

False Bay Yacht Club

Granger Bay Water Bay

Yachtport Saldana

Harbour Island


Western Cape Whale Watching Boats

Gaia

Samara

Robberg 

Fling

Whale Whisperer

Ocean Odyssey

Eastern Cape Beaches

 Kouga

olphin

Cape St Francis (P)

Nelson Mandela Metro

Humewood

Kings

Hobie (P)


Amatole

Hamburg


Ndlambe

Boknes

Kenton-on-Sea

Kariega

Kelly’s

Kleinemonde 


Mbizane

Mtentu (P)

Mzamba (P)


Eastern Cape Marinas

Royal Alfred Marina


KwaZulu-Natal Beaches


Hibisbus Coast

Marina

Trafalgar

Lucien

Southport

Umzumbe

Ramsgate

Mpenjati (P)

Umdoni Municipality

Pennington

Park Rynie (P)

Scottburgh Main (P)


Kwadukuza

Blythedale

Willard (P)


Mandeni

Dokodweni South

Dodokweni North (P)

Dodokweni Main (P)

Tugela (P)


Ethekwini

Ansteys (P)

Umdloti Main (P)

Umdloti Tidal (P)

Umgababa (P)

Umhlanga Main (P)

Ushaka (P)

Westbrook (P)


Umlalazi

Twinstreams (P)

Umlalazi (P)


Umhlatuze

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