Twenty-four of the top South African beaches that have achieved Blue Flag status for the forthcoming 2015/16 season have also received special recognition for their sustained commitment to marine and coastal conservation through their long-term and continuous participation in the international Blue Flag Programme.
The commendable achievements of the stakeholders responsible for the success of these beaches were formally acknowledged with the presentation of awards at the launch event for the 2015/16 Blue Flag Season. The new Blue Flag season opens officially on 1 November and the launch event took place at Grotto Beach in Hermanus in the Overberg region today.
The new long-term achievement awards have been introduced to mark the fifteen year anniversary of the implementation of the international Blue Flag programme in South Africa. This respected eco-label has been implemented by WESSA since 2001, with the support of coastal municipalities and conservation parastatals.