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Full Blue Flag status for Kings, Humewood and Hobie beaches

Oct 7, 2015
Full Blue Flag status for Kings, Humewood and Hobie beaches

Port Elizabeth's popular Kings, Humewood and Hobie beaches were on Tuesday awarded full blue flag status for the 2015/2016 summer season by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) during a ceremony hosted by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom in Hermanus.

The Blue Flag Beach is an international award given to beaches, boats and marina’s that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.

The strict criteria of the programme are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). In South Africa, the programme is managed by WESSA, along with participating local authorities. 

The news comes as thousands of visitors and locals prepare to visit the Metro's beaches for the 2015 summer and festive seasons.

Speaking after receiving the Blue Flag awards on behalf of the municipality, Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Portfolio Chairman,  Councillor Andiswa Mama said: “It is a huge achievement, hard work has paid off.  I call upon the international, national and local community to visit and enjoy our Blue Flag beaches this Summer Season.

"Work is already in progress in other beaches, like Wells Estate to achieve the same status. This is a clear indication that political oversight and cooperation between the political sphere and officials is working.”

She added; “The Municipality places a very high value on the Blue Flag, as the most coveted and prestigious international award that could be bestowed on our beaches for meeting the highest standards for amenities, cleanliness and environmental protection, we have done it again and we commit to continue like this."

A total of 16 beaches from the Eastern Cape were awarded Blue Flag status at the event.

South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches.

See full list of blue flag beaches HERE.

Image: Nelson Mandela Bay tourism