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19 October 2012

South Africa has 36 Blue Flag beaches

It was announced in Hermanus last week that South Africa now has a record number of Blue Flag beaches.

Robberg Robberg Beach, Plettenberg Bay

Grotto Beach in Hermanus was the venue for last week's launch of the 12th season of Blue Flag South Africa, the internationally recognised beach certification programme. Grotto Beach has sustained its Blue Flag status for the past 11years.

At this year's event it was announced that 36 beaches have achieved full Blue Flag status, and 17 beaches have pilot status.

Blue Flag beach status is dependent on meeting a standard of excellence on a number of points – safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management. The criteria are set by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) in Europe, the international co-ordinators of the programme. South Africa was the first country outside Europe to be awarded Blue Flag accreditation.

In addition to the 36 beaches with full status, this year 4 marinas and 4 whale-watching boats also received certification.

Beaches:
MacDougall’s Bay (Northern Cape)
Strandfontein (Western Cape)
Silverstroomstrand (Western Cape)
Clifton IV (Western Cape)
Camp’s Bay (Western Cape)
Llandudno (Western Cape)
Muizenberg (Western Cape)
Strandfontein (Western Cape)
Mnandi (Western Cape)
Bikini (Western Cape)
Kleinmond (Western Cape)
Hawston (Western Cape)
Grotto (Western Cape)
Witsand (Western Cape)
Santos (Western Cape)
De Bakke (Western Cape)
Hartenbos (Western Cape)
Buffalo Bay (Western Cape)
Brenton (Western Cape)
Robberg V (Western Cape)
Keurboomstrand (Western Cape)
Nature’s Valley (Eastern Cape)
Humewood (Eastern Cape)
Kariega (Eastern Cape)
Kelly’s (Eastern Cape)
Trafalgar (KwaZulu-Natal)
Marina (KwaZulu-Natal)
Ramsgate (KwaZulu-Natal)
Lucien (KwaZulu-Natal)
Southport (KwaZulu-Natal)
Umzumbe (KwaZulu-Natal)
Hibberdene (KwaZulu-Natal)
Alkanstrand (KwaZulu-Natal)

Marinas:
Yachtport Marina (Western Cape)
The Water Club, Granger Bay (Western Cape)
False Bay Yacht Club (Western Cape)
Royal Alfred Marina (Eastern Cape)

Whale-watching Boats:
Miroshca, Southern Right Charters (Western Cape)
Whale Whisperer, Dyer Island Conservation Trust (Western Cape)
Damara, Ocean Blue Adventures (Western Cape)