Blue Flags Unfurled with great aplomb

Friday 28 November was a busy yet rewarding day for Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie. Joined by the Deputy Mayor, representatives from WESSA, members of the public, councillors and senior Overstrand officials, she officiated at the hoisting of no fewer than three Blue Flags along Overstrand’s coastline: First at Grotto, then at Hawston’s and, finally, Kleinmond’s beach.

Addressing those in attendance at the three venues, Botha-Guthrie extended a special word of thanks in advance to those who will primarily be responsible for ensuring that Overstrand lives up to the expectations associated with Blue Flag beaches: The law enforcers and the cleaning staff.

With a whole array of fun beach activities for the whole family on the menu this festive season, she urged those who have been designated to maintain law and order to always be vigilant:

 “You are our eyes,” she said, “but know for certain that the public is going to keep a close eye on you, too. No matter how hectic the season, always be firm and resolute in applying the rules: No drinking, no stray dogs, no public nuisances.”

Acknowledging that the cleaning staff probably have the most thankless job of all, she offered a special word of encouragement by reminding them of the key role they will be fulfilling in ensuring that the three Blue Flag beaches retain their coveted status next year: “Cleaning up after someone else is no fun at all, I know. But we are now looking to you to ensure that the time, effort and money it took to be able to hoist these Blue Flags today do not go to waste. We undertook to look after our holidaymakers’ safety, yes. But we also promised them a pleasant and healthy environment where they can enjoy a bit of quality time with family and friends. It’s now up to you to help us keep that promise.”

By way of conclusion, Botha-Guthrie extended an invitation to the public in general and ward committee members in particularto help ensure that the three beaches in question remain the pride of Overstrand: “Remember, you have a say in matters too. If you spot anything, no matter how trivial, we can improve upon, please bring it to the attention of your area manager or the office of the director community services. If Overstrand is to reap the full economic benefit of this endeavour, now is the time for all hands to report on deck.”

Blue Flag status will be in effect on Grotto Beach from 1 December 2014 till 31 March 2015, and on Hawston and Kleinmond’s beaches from 15 December 2014 till 15 January 2015.

Having hoisted the last of three Blue Flags along Overstrand’s coastline, those who attended the occasion were more than pleased to learn that Coca Cola kindly offered to sponsor the event. Thank you, Coke


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