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Plettenberg Bay awarded 4 Blue Flag Status Beaches and 1 Blue Flag Status Boat

Posted on Friday, 17th Oct 2014

Almost half of South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches are in the Eastern Cape and Garden Route this year, with 20 beaches in the region receiving this international stamp of approval in October.

Among them are Port Elizabeth’s Kings and Humewood beaches, while Hobie Beach has been awarded “pilot” status.

Nationally, 45 beaches received the status at the launch of this year’s Blue Flag season – starting on November 1.

The region also received accreditation for two marinas and two whale-watching and leisure boats.

Five other beaches were awarded pilot status, which means they will have to demonstrate for a year that they can comply with the more than 30 criteria required before receiving full accreditation.

Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches meeting strict criteria for cleanliness, water and sand quality, environmental education and management.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said at yesterday’s event achieving Blue Flag status not only showed a positive contribution to conserving the country’s natural resources, but was also of great value to the tourism sector.

“Tourists visit the country for its beauty and natural resources,” he said. “This … creates jobs and boosts the economy.”

The tourism sector had created 1.4 million jobs in South Africa.

Last year, 41 beaches raised the blue flag and this year 82 sites, including 45 beaches, six marinas and six boats, received full status.

In addition, 25 sites were awarded pilot status.

Eastern Cape beaches that have received Blue Flag status are:

  • Port Elizabeth’s Humewood, Kings and Hobie (pilot) beaches;
  • Jeffreys Bay’s Dolphin and Cape St Francis (pilot) beaches;
  • Amathole’s Hamburg Beach;
  • Ndlambe’s Boknes, Kenton-on- Sea, Kariega, Kelly’s and Kleinemonde beaches; and
  • Mbizana’s Mtentu and Mzamba beaches (both pilot).

 

The Garden Route beaches are:

  • Mossel Bay’s Santos, De Bakke, Hartenbos and Klein Brak beaches;
  • Eden District’s Wilderness Beach;
  • Knysna’s Buffalo Bay, Brenton- on-Sea and Swartvlei (pilot) beaches; and
  • Plettenberg Bay’s Robberg Five, Keurbooms, Nature’s Valley and Lookout beaches. Plett Marine Tour Company, Ocean Blue Adventures, was also awarded  Blue Flag Status.

Source: SATOA

Posted in Jewels of Southern Africa

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