KZN Nudest Beach
BDLive reports that a 500m stretch of coastline between Trafalgar and Palm Beaches near Margate, called Mpenjati Beach, has been declared nudist friendly.
This comes after the KZN Naturist Association put in an application to Hibiscus Coast Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu in August.
She said in a statement that people with ‘different’ ideas were always welcome to approach the municipality, as long as they remembered that municipal by-laws would have to be kept in mind.
The association initially received strong public opposition for their proposal, with only about 20% supporting the idea.
Some of the reasons cited include the fact that the beach is located in the Trafalgar Marine Reserve, is too close to a family-orientated Blue Flag Beach and would ultimately attract unsavoury characters.
According to East Coast Radio, the municipality said these concerns were based on assumptions and not on fact, and that the beach could instead be a great tourism drawcard.
However, if you’re in the area, don’t get undressed just yet!
IOL reports that municipal spokesperson Simon Soboyiso said that it would probably take a month or two to finalise the transition to a naturist beach.
This would include putting up signage warning beachgoers that they are entering a naturist-friendly area.
Athol Lutge, chairman of the SA Naturist Association, said that they hoped to be able to use the beach by 14 December, which is also World Naturist Day.
Mpenjati Beach will join the likes of Sandy Bay in Cape Town, Umhlanga Lagoon in Durban and Secrets Beach in Port Elizabeth.
Good or Bad? – I would think this is going to be a very controversial topic, and on the tip of many peoples tongues among the local S. Coast community in the weeks to follow?
I personally think we have bigger problems than naturalists strutting their stuff ….but to rather cast our attention to the concepts of “Going Green” at home! KZN is facing a water crisis, and some would say the worst in half a century!
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