Protecting Beaches Still a Challenge for Environmental Affairs Minister

According to the latest National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report (NECER), off-road vehicles are causing problems at some popular Western Cape beaches.

Although there are laws regulating recreational beach driving, our local coastal environment is being degraded by illegal beach driving.

The NECER is an annual national overview of environmental compliance and enforcement activities undertaken by relevant institutions and officials across the country.

The report says that an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) task team has been established to deal with the problem of illegal beach driving.

Speaking to John Webb, who was standing-in for Kieno Kammies, Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa said that the laws were first put in place by Valli Moosa in an attempt to preserve the fauna and flora along our beaches.

She added that keeping our beaches clean of litter is also an important priority, not just for the creatures there, but also to ensure their attractiveness to visitors, especially after the recent announcement of those beaches which have attained Blue Flag status.

The minister was also able to discuss their latest plans regarding the poaching of the rhino, the launch of the UNEP-GEF* Rhino Project, which seeks to strengthen South Africa's law enforcement capabilities through improved forensic capacity, strengthened data gathering systems, and enhanced co-operation mechanisms at an international level.

  • UNEP is an Implementing Agency of the GEF with the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is the only GEF Agency whose core business is the environment.

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