Eight City beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), while two others were awarded pilot Blue Flag status.
The beaches that have been successful in their Blue Flag accreditation applications are:
- Bikini Beach,
- Camps Bay,
- Clifton 4th Beach,
- Fish Hoek,
- Muizenberg and
Pilot blue flag status was awarded to Mnandi and Strandfontein.
WESSA uses 33 criteria across four categories to determine whether a beach meets the requirements for Blue Flag recognition.
The categories are Environmental Education and Awareness, Water Quality, Environmental Management and Safety Services.
Among the criteria are universal access, effective waste management, availability of interpretive signage and control of domestic animals, e.g. dogs on beaches.
The Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Patricia Van der Ross, says this is a wonderful achievement, not just for the Recreation and Parks Department, but Cape Town as a whole.
‘As we wade deeper into the summer season, our beaches and recreational facilities will be bustling with residents and visitors. A lot of hard work continues behind the scenes to ensure that we are summer ready, and that residents and visitors alike will enjoy our world class amenities and facilities. Details of our lifeguard deployments and general summer safety plans will be made public in the coming weeks, as we count down to the start of the festive season, and this Blue Flag announcement is a most welcome boost.’
The Blue Flag Season will run from 1 December 2023 to 31 January 2024 at all of the accredited beaches, except Camps Bay and Muizenberg, where it will be in effect until end March 2024.
The Blue Flag status comes as the Western Cape Government says it’s gearing up for a record-breaking summer tourism season with over 1-million in-bound international seats expected.
Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC Mireille Wenger during her ‘Summer Tourism Readiness Dialogue’ said a high number of travellers are expected to head to the Cape over the summer season.