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New by-law to protect Cape Town’s beaches <p>​‘Cape Town is synonymous with rolling waves, rocky shores, dolphins, whales, and sunsets on pristine beaches. Our coastline draws millions of tourists and local visitors every year; it is central to our identity, and gives us a sense of place and pride. We also cannot overestimate the importance of the coast to our local economy. It is a public asset that must be preserved and protected for current and future generations. The draft by-law will assist us to better manage our coastline and enable law enforcement of activities that may have a damaging impact on the coastal environment,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt.</p><p>The draft by-law will be available for public comment as from 1 August until 2 September 2019. The City will, during this time, also host eight public hearings across Cape Town where residents can ask questions, and comment.</p><p>The draft by-law will be applicable to the coastal zone, which is a public area that belongs to all South Africans. It covers the seashore, the coastal waters, and the environment on, in, under, and above the coastal zone.</p><p>Broadly speaking, the proposed by-law addresses the following:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">poaching, or illegal fishing</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">harvesting, or removal of vegetation</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">removal of sand, pebbles, rocks, shells, and kelp</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">removal of or damage to indigenous coastal vegetation</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">littering</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">pollution and dumping</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">encroachment of private property into the coastal environment</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">measures to remove encroachments, and rehabilitate affected land</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">possession or consumption of liquor or drugs</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">hawking or doing business without authorisation</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">launching of vessels</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">issuing of fines for contraventions</div></li></ul><p>‘One of the most important aspects of the proposed by-law is that it will give the City the legislative powers to enforce the public’s right to access and enjoy our beaches and sea. Some residents are claiming the beaches or parcels of land in front of their properties as their own private areas by either extending their homes or gardens, sinking swimming pools, or building walkways with ‘no-access’ signs on it. Our coastline belongs to all South Africans, and the by-law will be used to entrench this right,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p>Broadly speaking, the by-law will be a legislative tool to, among other things:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">entrench and enforce the public’s right to freely access and enjoy our coastline </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">ensure the sustainable use and development of the coastal area;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">promote the protection of the natural environment of the coastal zone;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">manage and promote public access to beaches and beach areas;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">prevent anti-social behaviour on beaches and beach areas;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">manage access to and the use of public amenities on the beach and beach areas;</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">enable better regulation, protection, and governance of the coastline as a sensitive and economically valuable asset; and</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">ensure measures are taken to rehabilitate or correct actions that have a damaging impact on the coastal environment.</div></li></ul><p>The City’s Coastal Management Branch has drafted the proposed by-law. It is founded on the principles of the Integrated Coastal Management Policy and Coastal Management Programme that were adopted by Council in 2014 and 2015 respectively, and the National Environmental Management Integrated Coastal Management Act 36 of 2014 as amended. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2019-07-17T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#fe1372cc-3168-4376-b201-0a8a04d6081e;L0|#0fe1372cc-3168-4376-b201-0a8a04d6081e|by-law;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#bd01eb1e-7d40-47f8-913c-811c687e6ce1;L0|#0bd01eb1e-7d40-47f8-913c-811c687e6ce1|Beaches;GP0|#30aeff84-5964-4cbb-a7db-39cf413c64cf;L0|#030aeff84-5964-4cbb-a7db-39cf413c64cf|public space1


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