Blue Flag glory for South Coast
KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environment Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, with Tourism...
For the third year in a row the uMhlanga beach has been granted the pilot status for the annual Blue Flag programme. The popular public recreational area is one of six eThekwini beaches to be awarded the Pilot Blue Flag status, including uMgababa, Amanzimtoti, Brighton Beach, eMdloti Main and eMdloti Tidal Pool.
uShaka and Westbrook beaches was awarded Full Blue Flag statuses.The pilot status is a stepping stone towards reaching the full Blue Flag status and the City will have a year to meet all of the requirements and stand a chance to earn the full status.
A Blue Flag is a trusted and voluntary eco-label which signifies safety, security and cleanliness. To receive the Blue Flag status, the site has to adhere to more than 33 strict coastal management criteria, such as superior water quality, safety and services, environmental management and environmental education. The awards were presented by the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, and the CEO of WESSA, Dr Thommie Burger at the 2016/17 Blue Flag Awards at the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Marina Beach on the KZN south coast last week.
“As a long-time Blue Flag driver in our city, I was delighted to receive the Blue Flags with Bruce Blake from the Parks and Beaches department,”said DA councillor Geoff Pullan.
“Now it is up to all of us in the municipality, officials and residents alike, to maintain the high standards required by Blue Flag for our beaches. Tourism and the jobs that go with it, are really important for our city,” he added.