Hip hip… Hooray!
Overstrand is exceptionally proud that three of its beaches - Grotto, Hawston and Kleinmond - are among the 44 South African beaches that have been accredited this year to display the BLUE FLAG.
The Municipality was further granted Pilot Blue Flag status for another one of its beaches, namely Castle Beach in Pearly Beach.
In South Africa, the Blue Flag programme is managed by WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) and the programme offers many benefits: Improved tourism facilities, enhanced management of coastal ecosystems, educational awareness programmes and excellent water-quality standards and facilities.
Blue-flag status is awarded seasonally and municipalities must apply annually to renew the status of their beaches.
Water samples are taken at regular intervals and are tested by an independent laboratory.
Pictured here is lifeguard Eden Timm with water samples taken in Kleinmond.