Another blue flag for “Stalwart” Humewood

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Humewood Beach, the oldest Blue Flag beach in South Africa, will continue to enjoy that status for the 2014/15 season.

Humewood and Kings Beach have both been designated as Blue Flag beaches for 2014/15 while Hobie has been awarded pilot status.

The three Port Elizabeth beaches were part of 13 in the Eastern Cape along with the Royal Alfred Marina in Port Alfred that were awarded Blue Flag status when the announcements were made yesterday.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), which runs the Blue Flag programme, described Humewood as the “stalwart” of the Blue Flag programme.

Among the other beaches in the Eastern Cape to be awarded Blue Flag status is Boknes which is in the extended Addo Elephant Park.

It is one of five beaches in Ndlambe, the others being Kenton-on-Sea, Kariega, Kelley’s and Kleinemonde, while Kouga has two, at Cape St Francis and Dolphin.

The other Eastern Cape beaches to be awarded Blue Flag status for 2014/15 are Hamburg, in Amathole, and Mtentu and Mzamba in Mbizana, both of which have been given pilot status.

Nationally, 82 sites were handed Blue Flag status when the awards were announced in Knysna, which is a record number.

WESSA said yesterday that the awards were preceded by “a rigorous multi-stage approval process involving both local and international assessments”. - MetroMinutes.


Photo caption: Humewood beach is the oldest Blue Flag beach in South Africa. Photo courtesy of