1 December 2019 marked the beginning of Blue Flag season in the Overstrand after Grotto, Hawston, Kleinmond and Castle Beach have been declared open for the summer.

As is to be expected, the flag-hoisting ceremony was attended by various stakeholders and officials who are all super proud that the Municipality has retained this status as it is international confirmation that Overstrand is a quality holiday destination.

Residents and holiday makers alike can revel in the waves with the sure knowledge that they are safe and will have the best amenities at their disposal.

Blue Flag status will last till 15 January 2020 for Hawston and Kleinmond.  In the case of Castle Beach in Pearly Beach who has received Blue Flag beach status for the first time ever, the Blue Flag will fly until 11 January 2020.

Grotto’s Blue Flag status will remain in effect until 31 March 2020.

BLUE FLAG HOISTED FOR THE 1ST TIME AT CASTLE BEACH: The Blue Flag was officially raised at Castle Beach on Friday, 29 November 2019, giving this beach another nod as part of an elite group of beaches. At the flag ceremony Overstrand Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee thanked all stakeholders for the different roles they played in ensuring another Blue Flag for Overstrand. On the picture with Mayor Dudley Coetzee and councillors Riana de Coning and Andrew Komani were Gansbaai Area Manager Kat Myburgh, Blue Flag co-ordinator Lauren Rainbird, Gansbaai Tourism Manager Glenda Kitley, law enforcement officer snr sup Tony Blankenberg, members of the Working for the Coast team, Gansbaai operational staff, members of the ward committee and various other interested parties.

Onrus Beach has been granted pilot Blue Flag status for the first time water sampling will be done between 1 December 2019 - 15 January 2020.

In line with the above, life saving and security services will be fully operational between 09:00 – 18:00 on the above beaches.

The Municipality is working closely with WESSA (Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa) to improve its beachfronts and coastline. Blue Flag status is an international accreditation and municipalities must apply annually to renew the status of their beaches.

Blue Flag beaches must adhere to strict criteria, spanning over four areas of coastal management. The four areas are water quality, environmental education, environmental management and safety.

Blue Flag beaches must adhere to strict criteria which includes water quality, environmental education, environmental management and safety.

At the hoisting of the Blue Flag in Kleinmond on Friday were (back l-r) lifesavers Rodrigo Majiet, law enforcement officer Reginald Smith, Kleinmond Area Manager Desmond Lakey, Ward 10 and Ward 9 Councillors Fanie Krige and Grant Cohen, Kleinmond Blue Flag supervisor Dencil Arendse and Councillor Charmaine Resandt. In front are lifesavers Niezaamoedien Trollip, Mlondi Jula , Nhlanhla Maphumulo, Raziel Henkeman and Riyaad Isaacs.

This is the 19th time that Grotto Beach has received Blue Flag status, whilst Hawston and Kleinmond received it for the 14th time.

People living with disabilities can make use of the beach wheelchairs at Grotto and Kleinmond.

Dog owners making use of Overstrand’s beaches that earned Blue-flag status must respect the Blue Flag requirements for this period. Pet owners are also requested not to bury dog poop in the sand or throw it out to sea, but to pick it up and dispose thereof in an appropriate and hygienic manner.

Law Enforcement Officer Jonwin Arries was pictured raising the Blue Flag in Hawston.