South Coast beaches retain, lose and gain Blue Flag status

Please be advised that the following beaches were awarded the prestigious status:

  1. Umzumbe (Pumula)
  2. Hibberdene
  3. Southport
  4. Lucien Beach (Margate)
  5. Ramsgate
  6. Marina Beach (San Lameer)
  7. Trafalgar

It is great news that Hibberdene has returned to this exclusive club; but it is with regret that we will not be retaining the main beach section of Margate in the 2012 programme.

The main reason for the loss of blue flag status for Margate was due to pollution entering the river system at Enkongweni River and affecting the water quality at the Enkongweni Estuary; which is adjacent to the Margate main beach. Several government departments were involved in the clean-up and we would like to thank them all for their clean-up efforts.

Ugu District Municipality established that the pumps at the water treatment section on the river had shut down due to mechanical failure. Replacement parts and new pumps were installed to ensure that the beach could open to the public. Margate main beach was re-opened to the general public on 23rd of September 2012.

The northern section of Margate beach, known locally as Lucien Point; has retained its blue flag status and we would like to assure locals and visitors alike that it is South Coast Tourism intention to re-enter the blue flag programme with Margate as our major tourist icon, as soon as humanly practicable in the forthcoming year.  We are once again hosting a vast array of events and activities on Margate Beach (see for a full programme) and would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors of the special destination and warm welcome awaiting them in the town of Margate.

“Southport” – is our newest member of this exclusive Blue Flag beach club and is one of many pretty seaside villages on the Hibiscus coastline.

Southport is essentially a beautiful, secluded beach, rich in shady areas and ideal for family holidays. Sandwiched between Sunwich Port and Sea Park; Southport and its neighbours tend to regard themselves as extension of Port Shepstone and there is rarely anything to disturb a holiday idyll along this lovely stretch of coastline, and little commercialisation as well. 

May I take this opportunity to congratulate all who have worked so hard to maintain and increase our blue flag status;

Yours in tourism.

Michael Bertram.
CEO – Ugu South Coast Tourism (Pty) Ltd
16 Bisset Street, Port Shepstone, 4240.
Tel. No. # 00 27 39 682 7944/ Fax. No. # 00 27 39 682 1034.

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