New Blue Flag beaches for summer season

2014-10-09 11:05
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Cape Town - South Africa is home to a record number of 82 Blue Flag beaches, marinas and whale watching boats for the 2014/2015 summer season, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) announced on Wednesday. 

The 82 Blue Flag sites in South Africa this year consist of 45 beaches, 6 marinas and 6 whale-watching boats that have been award Full Status as well as 25 sites that have been awarded Pilot Status.

The latter is an important developmental stage acting as an incubation period for potential Blue Flag sites.

Blue Flag is a prestigious, voluntary eco-label for beaches, marinas and boats that is recognised as a trusted symbol of quality and regarded by the World Tourism Organisation as the most well-known eco-label globally.

“We have done well to get this far.  As a country we marked 20 years as a democracy this year, so it is fitting that as a nation that loves our coast we can also celebrate over 50 Blue Flag sites,” said Ted Knott, WESSA’s National Coastal Programme Manager said at the launch of this year's Blue Flag season, set to start on 1 November.

The Western Cape is the province that boasts the most Blue Flag sites, with 27 beaches being awarded full Blue Flag status and another five getting Pilot status. It is also home to five Blue Flag marinas and six whale watching boats. 

The Eastern Cape has nine beaches with full Blue Flag status and KZN 10. 

Here's a full list of Blue Flag sites for this year:

Western Cape:

City of Cape Town:

Silwerstroomstrand
Clifton 4th  
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Llandudno
Muizenberg
Strandfontein
Mnandi
Bikini
Melkbosstrand (Pilot)

Matzikama

Strandfontein (Vredendal)

Overstrand

Kleinmond

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Hawston
Grotto                                  

Hessequa

Witsand
Preekstoel
Lappiesbaai
Gouritzmond
Jongensfontein (P)
Stilbaai Wes (P)

Mossel Bay

Santos
De Bakke
Hartenbos

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Klein Brak

Eden District

Wilderness

Knysna

Buffalo Bay
Brenton-on-Sea
Swartvlei (P)

Bitou

Robberg 5
Keurboomstrand
Nature’s Valley
Lookout 

Cape Agulhas

Struisbaai (P)

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Western Cape Marinas

Thesen Islands
False Bay Yacht Club
Granger Bay Water Bay
Yachtport Saldana
Harbour Island 

Western Cape Whale Watching Boats

Gaia
Samara
Robberg  
Fling
Whale Whisperer
Ocean Odyssey

Eastern Cape Beaches

Kouga

Dolphin
Cape St Francis (P)

Nelson Mandela Metro

Humewood

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Kings
Hobie (P)

Amatole

Hamburg

Ndlambe

Boknes
Kenton-on-Sea
Kariega
Kelly’s
Kleinemonde  

Mbizane

Mtentu (P)

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Mzamba (P)

Eastern Cape Marinas

Royal Alfred Marina

KwaZulu-Natal Beaches

Hibiscus Coast

Marina
Trafalgar
Lucien
Southport
Umzumbe
Ramsgate
Mpenjati (P)

Umdoni Municipality

Pennington
Park Rynie (P)
Scottburgh Main (P)

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Kwadukuza

Blythedale
Willard (P)

Mandeni

Dokodweni South
Dodokweni North (P)
Dodokweni Main (P)
Tugela (P)

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Ethekwini

Ansteys (P)
Umdloti Main (P)
Umdloti Tidal (P)
Umgababa (P)
Umhlanga Main (P)
Ushaka (P)
Westbrook (P)

Umlalazi

Twinstreams (P)
Umlalazi (P)

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