TWO BLUE FLAGS
Ndlambe’s flagship beaches have never lost status
Afeather in Ndlambe Municipality’s cap, two beaches have once again been awarded Blue Flag status and a third is a pilot Blue Flag beach.
Deputy director of community protection services Fanie Fouche said Kelly’s Beach in Port Alfred had received its 14th consecutive Blue Flag and Kariega Main Beach in Kenton-on-Sea had achieved its 10th Blue Flag. They have never lost Blue Flag status since they first received it.
Kenton Middle Beach is a pilot Blue Flag beach.
At one time Boknes Beach was also a pilot Blue Flag beach, but it has not been for the past few years. Also, in years past the Royal Alfred Marina achieved Blue Flag marina status, but not recently.
More than 60 Blue Flags were awarded to beaches‚ marinas and tour boats along the South African coastline at a ceremony in Mossel Bay last Friday. The Western Cape achieved the lion’s share, with 30 beaches‚ 12 boats and seven marinas receiving Blue Flags. Ten of these beaches are in Cape Town.
Closer to Ndlambe, Hamburg also received a Blue Flag, while the Nelson Mandela Metro were awarded Blue Flags for Humewood Beach, Kings Beach and Hobie Beach
Fouche, who was a spearhead for achieving Blue Flag status while he was still principal conservation officer for Ndlambe, said the Blue Flags would be beneficial for the area from a marketing and tourism point of view.
He expressed pride that Kelly’s Beach and Kariega Main Beach had never lost Blue Flag status, during a time when major centres like Durban in eThekwini and Buffalo City Metro had beaches that lost status because of sewage pollution and stormwater runoff.
“Kelly’s and Kariega were two of only a handful of beaches in South Africa allowed to hoist Blue Flags during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The community should be proud and promote these Blue Flag beaches,” Fouche said.
The Blue Flag scheme is an international award which recognises outstanding compliance with bathing-water quality and sewage-treatment regulations. It aims to raise environmental awareness and promote sound environmental management of beaches‚ marinas and inland bathing waters around the world.
In South Africa‚ the Blue Flag programme is managed by the Wildlife and Environment Society (Wessa) and participating coastal municipalities.
BLUE AND PROUD: The pristine Kelly’s Beach in Port Alfred has been awarded Blue Flag status for the 14th consecutive year, along with Kariega Main Beach in Kenton