Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

Despite Durban beaches losing their Blue Flag status this year, several beaches along the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Coast have maintained this prestigious recognition for the 2023/2024 period.

The KZN South Coast has reaffirmed its standing as the region with the highest number of Blue Flag Beaches in the province, according to Tourism Update. Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of South Coast Tourism & Investment Enterprise, expressed delight in the region showcasing itself as a premier seaside destination once again.

“As tourism is the lifeblood of our local economy, this will continue to position the KZN South Coast as a top coastal destination, supporting local job creation and ensuring the region’s economic viability. We welcome this announcement, particularly ahead of our busiest time, the festive season,” Mangcu stated.

The Blue Flag designation will adorn the picturesque Marina Beach, Trafalgar Beach, Southport Beach, Umzumbe Beach, and Hibberdene Beach during the upcoming summer season. Additionally, seven other South Coast beaches—Pennington Beach, Rocky Bay Beach, Preston Beach, Umthwalume Beach, Scottburgh Beach, St Michael’s Beach, and Ramsgate Beach—have been granted Pilot Blue Flag status.

The Blue Flag, recognized globally as one of the most prestigious voluntary eco-labels, is awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. Administered by The Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA), the program evaluates beaches based on 33 criteria across four categories: Environmental Education and Awareness, Water Quality, Environmental Management, and Safety Services.

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