Our very own Camps Bay beach is one of 7 beaches in the greater Cape Town area to receive the prestigious Blue Flag status for the 2015/2016 season. This was confirmed at an awards function in Hermanus earlier this month.
Not only was our local beach awarded Blue Flag status again, it was also awarded a Blue Flag Bronze award for having maintained this status for the last 5 years. Our neighbour, Clifton 4th Beach, received a Silver award for 10 years of Blue Flag status.
Here are the Cape Town area beaches that received full Blue Flag status for the 2015/16 summer season (long-service awards in brackets):
- Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay (Silver)
- Mnandi Beach (Bronze)
- Strandfontein Beach
- Llandudno Beach (Bronze)
- Camps Bay Beach (Bronze)
- Clifton 4th Beach (Silver)
- Silwerstroomstrand (Bronze)
The Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches that meet strict criteria of excellence. The status indicates that the beaches all:
- have their own environmental education programmes
- have bathing water of the highest standards
- have adequate ablution facilities and parking
- are environmentally sound
- are clean, safe and secure to visit
- adhere to international safety and tourism standards.
South Africa was the first country outside Europe to be granted Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches back in 2001.