local news, breaking news, news headlines, News headlines, Local news, News, Top stories, Special categories, durban, , top storiesRecipients of the Blue Flag awards in eThekwini eThekwini Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda with municipal officials and lifeguards at the hoisting of the Blue Flag at Ushaka Beach
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa who is the National Operator for the Blue Flag programme, officially launched the 2020/21 Blue Flag Season in Durban, at Ushaka Marine World on Friday, 27 November, where deserving beaches around South Africa were awarded with a Blue Flag status.
The Blue Flag programme, is an eco-award given to beaches that meet specific, strict standards of excellence in safety, cleanliness, provision of amenities, environmental information and management.
In recognition for meeting these standards 58 Blue Flags are flown at 48 beaches, 6 marinas and by 4 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the forthcoming 2020/21 South African Blue Flag season which officially opens on 1 December.
This season, Blue Flag South Africa celebrates a 20th anniversary. In 2001, South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to join the Foundation for Environmental Education on the Blue Flag programme. Since then, many countries outside of Europe have joined the Blue Flag programme, giving the programme its international recognition.
Beaches that received full blue flag status were: Ushaka, North Beach (Durban), Point, Amanzimtoti and uMhlanga Main. Those that received a pilot status are South Beach Central, Umgababa, Umdloti Tidal, Westbrook, Ansteys and Brighton.
At the launch eThekwini Mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda said: “EThekwini is committed to improving and increasing the number of Blue Flag beaches along the coastline in order to encourage and attract both domestic and international tourism to all beaches, over and above the Blue Flag sites.”
Kaunda went on to say that eThekwini, with over 100km of coastline of tourist attractions and the busiest port in the continent, brings economic benefit to the people of eThekwini and the entire continent.
Ravi Pillay, MEC Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs who was present at the launch said: “The province is confident about attracting some 750 000 domestic visitors who come to KwaZulu-Natal to experience it all – the natural backdrops, diverse cultures, the taste of our unique range of cuisine, the myriad of attractions and our glorious Blue Flag and many other stunning beaches, for which KwaZulu-Natal is so widely renowned.’’One of eThekwini’s Blue Flags at Ushaka Beach
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Three people have been tragically killed in a crash along the Helpmekaar Road, a kilometer from the Umloyomayo turn off on Friday, 27 November. 14 others sustained serious to slight injuries and were stabilized by Ladysmith ER24, SharajEMS and Innovamed Private Ambulance. RTI, Ladysmith K9 Unit and Ezakheni police cornered off the road for forensic officials to work.
The injured were rushed to the Ladysmith Provincial Hospital. It is reported that the taxi had been travelling along Helpmekaar Road towards Ezakheni, when a tyre burst. It is alleged that the driver lost control over the taxi. The taxi rolled a few times, before coming to an abrupt stop. Motorists said that passengers were flung from the taxi.
A case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Ezakheni police. The deceased have not been officially identified.
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In spite of the worldwide campaign of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children that commenced across the country on 25 December, a gruesome murder sent shock waves through the rural community of Thembelihle in Estcourt, after a grandmother discovered her three-year-old grandson murdered, on Friday morning, 27 November.
The toddler, Zazi Nzama had a nail inserted into his skull, his eyes were cut out and his private parts were removed. Police told the Ladysmith Herald that Nzama’s father had fetched his son from his mothers home on Thursday.
“At around midnight, the grandmother checked on the child. The father and child were both asleep,” said police. It was in the early hours of Friday morning, while the grandmother was on her way to work that she found that her grandson and son were no longer in their rooms.
The grandmother, returned from work and found the father at their homestead, but the child was not with him. “The father was very violent and could not be spoken to,” added police.
The family started searching for the child and found his body in a nearby bush. Estcourt police are investigating a case of murder.
This is a developing story and updates will follow.
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An investigation has been launched into the recent drowning of a 15-year-old at Scottburgh Beach.
Captain Adam Francis, Scottburgh SAPS communications officer, said that the victim and his father were swimming at the main beach when a ‘freak wave’ swept them into the open bay around 11.20am. Lifeguards on duty rushed into the surf and were able to secure the father however efforts to reach the boy were in vain and he was lost to the undertow.
In addition to this, lifeguards on duty were simultaneously dealing with another five bathers who got into difficulty in the turbulent surf, however they were all safety brought back to shore.
Francis said: “SAPS K9 search and rescue Port Shepstone conducted a search but the body has not been recovered. Our Detective Warrant Officer Vis Moodley of Scottburgh Detective Service is investigating the drowning.”
The SAPS, eThekwini Municipality and Lifeguards South Africa have appealed to beach-goers and swimmers to comply with the instructions of lifeguards, swim between the flags of designated areas and not enter the water if they are under the influence of alcohol or illicit substances.