60 Blue Flags will be proudly flown at 51 beaches, five marinas and by four sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the forthcoming 2021-2022 South Africa Blue Flag season, which opens officially on 1 December this year.
The award also allows for potential Blue Flag sites to participate in a pilot programme. Thirty-three Pilot beach sites were recognised this season for their efforts toward reaching Blue Flag status in the near future. With a national goal of 100 Blue Flag sites by 2030, all efforts are now focused on assisting these pilot sites to become fully awarded with the Blue Flag.
This was announced at the national Blue Flag launch hosted by Overstrand Municipality at Grotto Beach on 27 October 2021 in recognition for their excellence in safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.
Blue Flag South Africa is proudly in its twenty-first year. In 2001, South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to join the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) on the Blue Flag Programme. Since then, many countries outside of Europe have followed South Africa’s example and joined Blue Flag giving the programme its international recognition.