2008 News Archive - Holidays - South Africa's beaches 'cleaner this year'

10 01 2007

A Christmas clean-up of the beaches in South Africa has set the stage for another successful holiday season.

The 2006/2007 Vodacom Beach Clean Up campaign cleared 43,914 bags of marine litter from the coastline, representing an outstanding effort from those involved in the project.

Encouragingly, there were 3,000 fewer bags collected this year, indicating that messages about keeping the coastline clean are reaching their desired audience.

Vodacom has reported that its beach cleaners performed an admirable job and in many cases they went "over and above the call of duty". In the eastern region, cleaners were involved in reuniting seals that had been separated from their families by sharks and many cleaners also sieved sand to get rid of any dangerous objects from the shoreline.

With the beaches once again in pristine condition, South Africa is preparing to welcome millions of tourists this year.

Many will spend at least a short time at Port St John's, where they can enjoy the warm waters of the coastal lagoon and sunbathe in an unrivalled state of relaxation. Port Elizabeth's Kings Beach is another popular option for those looking to relax, and it would be foolish to miss out on the breathtaking Cape Vidal on the Kwazulu-Natal coastline.

Durban's South Beach is similarly popular, providing excellent conditions for surfers but also attracting families looking to enjoy the high-quality facilities and stunning white sands.

Western Cape's Muizenberg is another hugely popular beach and, despite the presence of some great restaurants and shops nearby, this tends to remain fairly quiet.

Tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has this week reported that there was a 15.8 per cent increase in arrivals to South Africa between January and July last year.

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