Talk of the Town

Sunshine Coast gets nod


The awarding of Blue Flag status to three of Ndlambe’s beaches is something for the community to be proud of. Further recognitio­n came from the Department of Economic Developmen­t, Environmen­t and Tourism (DEDEAT), which declared Ndlambe the Greenest Municipali­ty in the Sarah Baartman District. The District Municipali­ty has seven local municipali­ties. As the SBDM winner, Ndlambe will now compete in the province-wide Greenest Municipali­ty Awards.

In September, Ndlambe presented its work on waste management clean and green initiative­s, budgetary support and equipment, green procuremen­t, climate change and energy recovery, awareness and education, monitoring and enforcemen­t mechanisms, waste minimisati­on and recycling, status of waste disposal facilities, open spaces, recreation­al and public comfort areas; and the future service standard improvemen­t plan.

The internatio­nally recognised Blue Flag label, according to WESSA which manages it, is intended to promote sustainabi­lity in the tourism sector, through environmen­tal education, environmen­tal protection and other sustainabl­e developmen­t practices.

“More than 4,500 beaches, marinas and tourism boats are concretely contributi­ng to the sustainabl­e developmen­t goals through Blue Flag, which also campaigns against disparity, inequality, unemployme­nt, health threats, and depletion of natural resources, environmen­tal threats, pollution and general environmen­tal degradatio­n,” WESSA says.

Blue Flag status requires that a beach meets 33 criteria across four themes of coastal management: water quality, environmen­tal education and informatio­n, environmen­tal management, and safety and services.

While we applaud this achievemen­t, we echo the concerns expressed by the Port Alfred Ratepayers and Residents Associatio­n (PARRA – see page 4) regarding the ongoing sewage spills across the town. In addition, we have requested the results of water quality testing conducted at the Waters Meeting weir. This testing Ndlambe said they were doing in light of alarming concerns about sewage contaminat­ion from Makana Municipali­ty’s Belmont Valley Wastewater Treatment Works. The facility is barely functional and spills raw sewage into the Bloukrans River, which feeds into the Kowie River.

Congratula­tions to organisers, the Makana Residents Associatio­n, BUCO and everyone else who contribute­d to the success of the 10th G2C cycle race. Talk of the Town is proud to have been this year’s official media sponsor and we look forward to a continued partnershi­p with the event.

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