Knysna’s Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea beaches have officially been awarded Blue Flag status.
In total, there are 36 Blue Flag beaches along the South African coastline.
There are nine Blue Flags proudly flying on beaches between Mossel Bay and Bitou – two of which are now located within the greater Knysna area.
The Blue Flag organisation works towards the sustainable development of beaches and marinas and 46 countries across Southern Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, the Caribbean, Brazil, Canada, Europe and New Zealand now carry the coveted Blue Flag on their beaches and marinas.
Beaches have to adhere to a variety of strict criteria to be allowed to fly the Blue Flag.These include water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety and other services.
The local Blue Flag drive was spearheaded by the Eden District Municipality.