South African Blue Flag Beaches 2011

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 30 October 2010

South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to implement the Blue Flag programme and it was launched here in November 2001 as part of the South African Government’s CoastCare initiative. Since 2001, the Blue Flag programme has become a truly global initiative with over 42 countries participating and a further seven countries undertaking the feasibility stage.

Camps Bay beach

27 South African beaches (listed at end of article) have achieved world-class standards during the past season and have been adjudicated by both a South African and an International Blue Flag Jury to meet the standards of excellence Blue Flag beaches must achieve.

“The success of the Blue Flag programme in South Africa over the past 10 years can be attributed to the commitment of participating municipalities to provide beach-goers and holiday-makers with world class beaches offering safe, clean and well-managed facilities,” said Alison Kelly, WESSA’s Blue Flag Program Manager.

“The municipalities managing Blue Flag beaches are showing that high levels of excellence and delivery of services to benefit both local and international visitors are possible. Blue Flag as an organised and internationally managed accreditation programme provides a viable system for service excellence on our coastline and those municipalities receiving accreditation today should be acknowledged for what they have achieved” Kelly said. Continue reading

Blue flag won’t fly at Durban beaches

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 25 April 2010

A defiant eThekwini City Manager, Mike Sutcliffe, remains adamant that Blue Flags are not the way to go for Durban’s beaches.

He says the Blue Flag system, which tourism leaders in the province endorse, is found on relatively few beaches in few countries and does not apply to the major tourism destinations and economies of the world.

His defiant stand comes in the wake of a ruling by Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, that all KZN municipalities with beaches will be compelled to join the internationally approved grading system for bathing beaches.

Sutcliffe’s latest spurning of Blue Flag status has raised the ire of hoteliers, who have welcomed Mabuyakhulu’s support for Durban beaches to fall in line with other KZN municipalities.

Asked what the city was doing to comply with Mabuyakhulu’s directive, Sutcliffe said he was still waiting to hear from the province.

“Few of the beaches in KZN would be able to comply with Blue Flag in the next 10 years; so it is unlikely the MEC’s approach will end up being the European one,” he said. Continue reading