Fifty eight Blue Flags will be proudly flown at coastal sites around South Africa over the forthcoming 2016/17 South African Blue Flag season, which opens officially on 1 November.
Earlier this year applications for the prestigious Blue Flag award were reviewed by a rigorous multi-stage approval process involving both national and international assessments.
The announcement of the 2016 International Blue Flag Jury results revealed that a total of 45 South African beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status this year, along with five marinas and eight sustainable tourism boats.
Main Beach in Jeffreys Bay was also awarded Blue Flag status for another year.
This is despite the challenged facing the Kouga Municipality with regular sewage spills occurring just a few hundred meters from the Blue Flag beach.
On a number of occasions, raw sewage has been seen to enter the ocean at the popular Kitchen Windows surf break.