PLETTENBERG Bay‘s Robberg Five beach missed out on a coveted Blue Flag this year due to a technicality.
But Bitou municipality remains committed to meeting the stringent standards required to win back the internationally recognised hallmark of excellence in beach management.
Bitou Tourism spokesman Ronelda Visser said Robberg Five would remain a pilot Blue Flag beach and that the municipality‘s application for full Blue Flag status would be resubmitted next year.
Water quality at the bathing area of the applicant beach is one of the more important standards repeatedly subjected to stringent testing by Blue Flag.
Sixteen of South Africa‘s beaches lost their Blue Flag this year, mainly due to declining water standards.
Visser said water samples had to be taken every 14 days and sent to a laboratory in Cape Town for testing. “There was an administrative hitch and one water sample was received a couple of days late. On this basis full status was denied.”