07 October 2015

South Africa's Blue Flag beaches 2015/16

A total of 39 beaches in South Africa, along with 9 boats and 6 marinas have been awarded Full Blue Flag status by the 2015 International Blue Flag Jury. Another 30 beaches in South Africa have been awarded Pilot Blue Flag Site status. The jury results include 49 Blue Flag sites in the Western Cape, 19 sites in KwaZulu-Natal and 16 sites in the Eastern Cape. All of the sites that applied for Blue Flag status underwent a rigorous approval process involving both local and international assessments.
The Blue Flag is a certification issued by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach or marina meets its stringent standards. The main criterias include standards for water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management criteria. The Blue Flag is sought for beaches and marinas as an indication of their high environmental and quality standards.

Western Cape Beaches:
Cape Town - Silwerstroomstrand
Cape Town - Clifton 4th
Cape Town - Camps Bay
Cape Town - Llandudno
Cape Town - Muizenberg (pilot)
Cape Town - Strandfontein
Cape Town - Mnandi
Cape Town - Bikini
Cape Town - Melkbosstrand (pilot)
Cape Town - Seaforth (pilot)
Cape Town - Fishhoek (pilot)
Kleinmond (Overstrand Municipality) - Kleinmond
Hermanus (Overstrand Municipality) - Hawston
Hermanus (Overstrand Municipality) - Grotto
Stillbaai (Hessequa Municipality) - Lappiesbaai
Stillbaai (Hessequa Municipality) - Gouritzmond
Stillbaai (Hessequa Municipality) - Jongensfontein (pilot)
Stillbaai (Hessequa Municipality) - Stilbaai Wes (pilot)
Mossel Bay - Santos
Mossel Bay - De Bakke
Mossel Bay - Hartenbos
Mossel Bay - Klein Brak
Wilderness (Eden District) - Wilderness (pilot)
Wilderness (Eden District) - Leentjiesklip (pilot)
Knysna - Buffalo Bay (pilot)
Knysna - Brenton-on-Sea (pilot)
Plettenberg Bay (Bitou Municipality) - Robberg 5
Plettenberg Bay (Bitou Municipality) - Lookout
Keurboomstrand (Bitou Municipality) - Keurboomstrand
Keurboomstrand (Bitou Municipality) - The Dunes (pilot)
Natures Valley (Bitou Municipality) - Nature's Valley
Cape Agulhas - Struisbaai
Cape Agulhas - Roman (pilot)
Cape Agulhas - Kassiesbaai (pilot)

Western Cape Marinas:
Knysna - Thesen Islands
Cape Town - False Bay Yacht Club
Cape Town - The Water Club
Saldanha - Yachtport SA
Gordon's Bay - Harbour Island

Western Cape Boats:
Plettenberg Bay (Ocean Blue Adventures) - Gaia
Plettenberg Bay (Ocean Blue Adventures) - Damara
Plettenberg Bay (Offshore Adventures) - Robberg Express
Gansbaai (Dyer Island Cruises) - Whale Whisperer
Gansbaai (Dyer Island Cruises) - Dream Catcher
Knysna (Ocean Odyssey) - Oyser Catcher
Knysna (Ocean Odyssey) - Sousa
Knysna (Ocean Odyssey) - Dolphin II

Eastern Cape Beaches:
Jeffrey's Bay (Kouga Municipality) - Dolphin
Cape St Francis (Kouga Municipality) - Cape St Francis (pilot)
Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth - Humewood
Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth - King's
Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth - Hobie
Hamburg (Amatole Municipality) - Hamburg
Birah (Amatole Municipality) - Birah (pilot)
Boknes Beach (Ndlambe Municipality)  - Boknes (pilot)
Kenton-on-Sea (Ndlambe Municipality) - Middle Kenton on Sea
Kenton-on-Sea (Ndlambe Municipality) - Kariega
Port Alfred (Ndlambe Municipality) - Kelly's
Port Alfred (Ndlambe Municipality) - Kleinemonde (pilot)
Wildcoast (Mbizana Municipality) - Mtenthu (pilot)
Wildcoast (Mbizana Municipality) - Mzamba (pilot)

Eastern Cape Marina:
Port Alfred (Ndlambe Municipality) - Royal Alfred Marina

Eastern Cape Boat:
Morgan Griffiths - Fling

Kwazulu-Natal Beaches:
Hibiscus Coast - Marina
Hibiscus Coast - Trafalgar
Hibiscus Coast - Lucien
Hibiscus Coast - Southport
Hibiscus Coast - Umzumbe
Hibiscus Coast - Ramsgate
Hibiscus Coast - Hiberdene
Blythedale Beach (Kwadukuza Municipality) - Blythedale (pilot)
Ballito (Kwadukuza Municipality) - Saltrock (pilot)
Ballito (Kwadukuza Municipality) - Willard (pilot)
Nkwazi (Kwadukuza Municipality) - Zinkwazi (pilot)
Mandeni (iLembe District) - Dokodweni South (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Brighton (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Umgababa (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Umdloti Main (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Umdloti Tidal (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Umhlanga Main (pilot)
Ethekwini/Durban - Westbrook
Ethekwini/Durban - Ushaka

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