Eight Cape Town beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status for next year.

A number of Cape Town beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status.

Bikini, Mnandi, Strandfontein, Muizenberg, Llandudno, Camps Bay, Clifton 4th and Silwerstroomstrand all received the honour, meaning the Mother City now has the largest number of such beaches in the whole of South Africa.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label that is awarded to 3,650 beaches and marinas in 44 countries, Capet Town has submitted its coastlines to the programme since it came to South Africa back in 2001.

This means that people booking flights to Cape Town can rest assured that the beaches are maintained to a very high level, both in terms of their aesthetic appeal and their environmental impact.

Member for community services at the city’s mayoral committee Tandeka Gqada said Cape Town is ready to welcome tourists to the beaches.

He added: “The beaches that have attained Blue Flag status are important to residents and tourists alike and this status is especially encouraging going into the festive season.”

Written by Alex Cochrane

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