Cape Town officially boasts the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in South Africa, for the upcoming summer season and Muizenberg is one of them! The announcement was made by National Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk at the National Blue Flag launch in Hermanus earlier this week.
The Blue Flag beach status is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas across 44 countries each year. Blue Flag beaches are required to meet 32 criteria spanning four aspects of coastal management: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety and services. The status indicates that the beaches are clean, have adequate ablution facilities and parking, are environmentally sound, are safe and secure to visit, and adhere to international safety and tourism standards. The accreditation is awarded for one season at a time and, if conditions deteriorate at the beach, it can be withdrawn.
“The Blue Flag Programme provides a quality holiday experience for local and international tourists visiting South Africa and Cape Town in particular. It is also about enabling local communities to enjoy a better quality of life through increased socio-economic benefits and improved natural resource management.” Alderman Belinda Walker (the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning)
All 8 beaches submitted by the City this season (1 December – 31 March 2013) were granted Blue Flag status – the highest number in SA, making Cape Town the Best Beach city in South Africa! In South Africa there were 36 beaches that were awarded Blue Flag Status.
The Blue Flag Beaches in Cape Town are:
- Muizenberg Beach
- Bikini Beach (Gordon’s Bay)
- Camps Bay Beach
- Clifton 4th Beach
- Mnandi Beach
- Llandudno Beach
- Silwerstroom Beach
- Strandfontein Beach
Two of Cape Town’s marinas, Granger Bay Water Club and the False Bay Yacht Club, also received full Blue Flag status – making it the first African city south of the Mediterranean to have its marinas achieve Blue Flag accreditation!
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