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WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 9 October

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Chenin Blanc and Ken Forrester are honoured by Joe Roberts, American 1 Wine Dude blogger and key-note speaker at the Nederburg Auction this year!

*  HRH Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, are attending  a dinner function at Grande Provence tomorrow (10 October), which means that the wine estate will be closed.  (via Twitter)

*   Western Cape Minister of Community Safety Dan Plato has vowed to personally check on alleged drug dealing on Long Street, and whether there is visible policing and security on this notorious party strip in Cape Town, responding to an EWN news report.

*   Eight beaches and two marinas in Cape Town have been Continue reading →

Blue Flag beaches Tourism boost for Cape Town and Western Cape!

The Western Cape has 21 Blue Flag beaches out of 36 nationally, with eight of these in Cape Town alone and three each in Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay, excellent news for tourism to our city and province, as they are a confirmation of international standards of cleanliness, environmental management, and safety. ‘..the Blue Flag programme has impacts in terms of economic benefits, job creation and improved environmental management’, said Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk at the ceremony to award the latest Blue Flag beaches.

The list of beaches is as follows:

Cape Town :  Camps Bay, Clifton 4th beach, Bikini Beach (Gordon’s Bay), Mnandi Beach (False Bay), Muizenberg, Strandfontein, Llandudno, Silwerstroomstrand (near Melkbos).

Mossel Bay: Santos Beach, Hartenbos, De Bakke

Plettenberg Bay: Robberg, Keurboomstrand, Nature’s Valley

Overstrand: Grotto Beach, Kleinmond

Other:  Wilderness, Brenton on Sea, Strandfontein (near Vredenburg), Lappiesbaai (Stilbaai), Witsand

A list of 32 criteria is evaluated for a beach to be awarded Blue Flag status, focusing on water quality, environmental focus (education, information, and management), and safety and services (including parking availability, ablution facilities, and life-saving).  Minister van Schalkwyk added that “…tourism is one of the largest industries in the world and one that is heavily dependent on the natural resource base. Attractive coastal landscapes such sandy beaches, dune areas, estuaries, and coastal lakes are also preferred sites for tourism development. Hence, uncontrolled and ill-planned tourism significantly degrades the environment. Our environment is one of our greatest tourism resources. As the global sector grows, its impact on natural resources also grows, and therefore the need for sustainable planning and management become imperative for this industry.”

The Minister said that currently our country is promoted largely around its safari-type experiences and its beaches: “We have the capability and the means, the welcoming culture, and the varied, textured, beautiful destination that the world’s travellers – ever more demanding and discerning – want when they choose a destination.  As the number of Blue Flag beaches increases in South African, domestic visitors are increasingly exercising their choices in which beaches they visit and, as with international trends, our Blue Flag beaches are becoming the “beach of choice”.

The Blue Flag beach quality evaluation was introduced in Europe 25 years ago, awarding beaches that met the European Union Bathing Water Directive.  It is awarded in 40 countries, close to 4000 beaches being evaluated.  In South Africa beaches have been evaluated for Blue Flag status in the past twelve years.  In its year of inception there were only three Blue Flag beaches; now there are 36. Four marinas received Blue Flag status for the first time, including Yachtport in Saldanha, and the Granger Bay Water Club and False Bay Yacht Club in Cape Town.

Blue Flag beach status is not well communicated, and one would encourage the municipalities with such beaches to erect educational signage on the award-winning beaches, to enhance their tourism benefit.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio:  www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage

Life’s a Blue Flag Beach! Western Cape beaches best

For the tenth year running South African beaches have been evaluated, and 15 beaches in the Western Cape, and five in Cape Town alone, have been awarded Blue Flag status, reports Southern African Tourism Update.  In total 27 beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status around the country, meaning that the Western Cape has the cleanest beaches in general in the country, an excellent benefit for tourism.   Another 14 beaches are ‘bubbling under’, working on their Blue Flag status for next year. 

Ten years ago only three South African beaches were awarded Blue Flag status.   South Africa is the only country outside of Europe to have its beaches tested for quality.   This ensures that locals as well as tourists can be guaranteed world-class beaches and facilities, being safe, clean and well-managed.   Climate change is affecting the quality of beaches and its facilities, and municipalities are commended for spending scarce financial resources to rehabilitate these beaches in order to meet and maintain the Blue Flag standards.     

The 27 Blue Flag beaches are the following:

MacDougall’s Bay, Port Nolloth  
Yzerfontein Main beach, Yzerfontein 
Clifton 4th beach, Cape Town 
Camps Bay, Cape Town    
Muizenberg, Cape Town    
Strandfontein beach, Cape Town  
Mnandi beach, Cape Town    
Bikini beach, Gordon’s Bay   
Kleinmond beach, near Hermanus   
Hawston beach, near Hermanus   
Grotto beach, Hermanus    
Lappiesbaai, Stilbaai, Southern Cape
Witsand at the mouth of the Breede River  
Santos beach, Mossel Bay   
Hartenbos beach, Mossel Bay
Robberg 5 beach, Plettenberg Bay  
Dolphin beach, Jeffrey’s Bay  
Humewood beach, Port Elizabeth 
Wells Estate, north of Port Elizabeth  
Kelly’s beach, Port Alfred    
Kariega Main beach, Kenton-on-Sea 
Umzumbe (Pumula) on the south coast KZN (new)
Lucien beach near Margate (back)
Trafalgar beach, south coast KZN 
Marina beach, south coast KZN  
Ramsgate beach, near Margate  
Margate beach 

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio:  www.whalecottage.com  Twitter: @WhaleCottage

Life’s a (blue flag) beach!

The Department of Tourism has awarded 29 South African beaches blue flag status, up from 19 beaches last year, reports Southern African Tourism Update

Six of the beaches are in Cape Town (Camps Bay, Big Bay in Blouberg, Muizenberg, Clifton 5th beach, Mnandi beach, and Strandfontein) and sixteen beaches are in other areas of the Western Cape, meaning that more than half of the blue flag beaches are in the Western Cape.

Blue flag beaches in the rest of the Western Cape are MacDougall’s Bay in Port Nolloth, Bikini beach in Gordon’s Bay, Hawston and Grotto beaches in Hermanus, Yzerfontein beach, Kleinmond beach, Lappiesbaai beach in Stilbaai, Santos beach in Mossel Bay, Robberg beach in Plettenberg Bay and Dolphin beach in Jeffrey’s Bay.

Municipalities have seen the benefits to tourism in their areas of being awarded blue-flag beach status,  ensuring that the beaches in their areas are clean, safe and well-managed.   South Africa is one of 38 countries participating in the Blue Flag programme.

The full list of South African Blue Flag beaches is as follows:

• MacDougall’s Bay, Port Nolloth (new)  
• Yzerfontein Main beach, Yzerfontein (new) 
• Big Bay beach, Bloubergstrand Cape Town (new)
• Clifton 5th beach, Cape Town 
• Camps Bay, Cape Town    
• Muizenberg, Cape Town    
• Strandfontein beach, Cape Town  
• Mnandi beach, Cape Town    
• Bikini beach, Gordon’s Bay   
• Kleinmond beach, near Hermanus  (back in programme)  
• Hawston beach, near Hermanus   
• Grotto beach, Hermanus    
• Lappiesbaai, Stilbaai, Southern Cape  
• Santos beach, Mossel Bay  (new)  
• Hartenbos beach, Mossel Bay (new) 
• Robberg 5 beach, Plettenberg Bay (new) 
• Dolphin beach, Jeffrey’s Bay  
• Humewood beach, Port Elizabeth 
• Hobie beach, Port Elizabeth  
• Wells Estate, north of Port Elizabeth  
• Kelly’s beach, Port Alfred    
• Kariega Main beach, Kenton-on-Sea (new) 
• Boknes beach, Kenton-On-Sea   (new)
• Gonubie beach, East London (back in programme)
• Trafalgar beach, south coast KZN (new)
• Marina beach, south coast KZN  
• Ramsgate beach, near Margate  
• Margate beach     
• Alkantstrand, Richards Bay (new)

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio www.whalecottage.com