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6 October 2015

EThekwini Awarded Blue Flag Status For Its Beaches

Durban beaches are among the safest, cleanest and well maintained in South Africa. This is according to the international Blue Flag programme after they awarded two beaches in the City with full Blue Flag status on 6 October 2015. 

The Blue Flag programme announced that UShaka beach and Westbrook beach received the full Blue Flag status. While the Umhlanga main beach, Umgababa, Umdloti main beach, Umdloti tidal beach and Brighton Beach received the pilot status flag. The pilot status is a stepping stone towards reaching the full Blue Flag status. 

Mayor Councillor James Nxumalo said this is a great achievement for our City especially around this time of the year as we are approaching the busy festive season and it will be a positive boost for our economy. 

Nxumalo also condemned the littering on City beaches, and appeals to holidaymakers and residents to use the receptacles provided and become responsible for their waste and the environment. 

“Our beaches are consistently well maintained which is why they are great tourist attraction sites,” said Nxumalo.

A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches, boats and marina’s that meet excellence in areas of cleanliness, safety and environmental standards. In South Africa, this programme is managed by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa. This is South Africa’s 13th year of running the Blue Flag and it was the first country outside Europe to join the programme. 

Nxumalo also appealed to residents and holidaymakers to be responsible and keep our City and beaches clean at all time.

“A positive attitude can transform the social ills, poor economic and environmental conditions in our City. It takes a concerted effort from all stakeholders to keep a City clean and we all must become ambassadors of our beautiful City. A clean environment leads to a positive attitude and better quality of life. This positive approach attracts investments, which enables growth and job creation,” said Nxumalo.

To view the full list of Blue Flag beaches visit blueflag

ENDS 

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information members of the media can contact Gugu Sisilana on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za 

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