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Blue Flag

Number of Blue Flag status beaches in South Africa

 

Environmental Goal

To improve the management of all South African beaches
 
 
 

Indicator

 

Blue flag 2013
Number of Blue Flag status beaches awarded in South Africa, 2001–2012
Source:

Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). http://wessa.org.za/what-we-do/blue-flag.htm

Blue Flag Programme available from www.blueflag.org

 
Number of Blue Flag status beaches awarded in South Africa, 2001–2012
 
 

Eastern Cape

KwaZulu-Natal

Western Cape

Northern Cape

South Africa

2001

0 3 1
0
4

2002

1 5 2
              0
8

2003

1 6 1
              0
8

2004

3 7 4
              0
14

2005

5 10 5
              0
20

2006

5 8 7
0
20

2007

5 9 7
              0
21
2008
6 4 9
              0
19
2009
7 7 14
1
29
2010
6 6 13
0
25
2011
4 6 17
0
27
2012
4 8 23
1
36

Source: 

Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA). http://wessa.org.za/what-we-do/blue-flag.htm


Blue Flag Programme available from www.blueflag.org

 

Are we making progress?

The Blue Flag project encourages care of beaches across countries globally and is an international award. Blue Flag status is given to beaches that meet 14 water quality, environmental education and information, safety, and services criteria. It is awarded for one year only, encouraging continual improvement of coastal management. South Africa is the first country outside Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches.

In 2012, 36 beaches were awarded Blue Flag status, with 13 receiving pilot status and for the first time in South Africa, a number of whale-watching boats as well as four marinas were also awarded Blue Flag status. All Blue Flag beaches are periodically checked to ensure that they are providing the high standards of beach safety, security, water quality, education and environmental management for beachgoers.

For more information please visit our indicator database at http://enviroindicator.deat.gov.za
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