Looking ahead to a joyful December and smashing summer
As a holiday destination, Overstrand has no equal when it comes to enjoying nature at its best with loads of outdoor activities to suit anyone's fancy.
The Overstrand Municipality is exceptionally proud that four of its beaches - Grotto, Hawston, Kleinmond and Castle Beach (Pearly Beach) are among the 45 South African beaches that have been accredited this year to display the BLUE FLAG.
These beaches have earned Blue Flag status for the upcoming 2019/20 holiday season which opens officially on 1 December 2019.
The Municipality was further granted Pilot Blue Flag status for another one of its beaches, namely Onrus Beach.
Pilot beaches are not required to comply with all Blue Flag criteria yet, but must work towards meeting fundamental elements like water quality standards within a two year period to stand a chance to ultimately acquire full Blue Flag status.
Blue Flag status is awarded seasonally and municipalities must apply annually to renew the status of their beaches.
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.
Criteria for the Blue Flag programme stipulates that WATER SAMPLES are taken at regular intervals and that an independent laboratory should be responsible for testing all sea water samples.
Pictured here is lifeguard Eden Timm with water samples taken at Onrus Beach this morning.