WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) has announced a record 82 Blue Flag beaches for South Africa.
The 2014-2015 South African Blue Flag season opens officially on 1 November.
Blue Flag is the prestigious, voluntary eco-label for beaches and marinas that is recognised as a trusted symbol of quality .
Blue Flag stalwart Humewood Beach in Port Elizabeth, the oldest Blue Flag beach in South Africa, is still on the Programme along with Muizenberg beach in Cape Town.
In Kouga, both Main Beach and Cape St Francis beach were awarded Blue Flag status.
Certain criteria, like water quality have to be met to ensure a beach is awarded blue flag status.
In Jeffreys Bay, this is a necessity with the number of sewage spills that take place every year on Main Beach.