New By-Law To Protect Cape Town Beaches

Recently South Africa was named as one of the worst countries in the world for looking after its beaches by luxury surfing resort Kalon Surf, iimediately after the announcement, the City of Cape Town has decided to be proactive and do something about it.

The fact that this come immediately after the report may mean that it is more of a reaction to the news rather than a swift response. A by-law is a rule or law established by an organization or community to regulate itself, as allowed or provided for by some higher authority. The higher authority, generally a legislature or some other government body, establishes the degree of control that the by-laws may exercise. By-laws may be established by entities such as a business corporation, a neighbourhood association, or depending on the jurisdiction, a municipality and it takes a while before it can come into effect.

However, there is a decent chance the report from Kalon Surf may have expedited the city’s plans to announce the new by-law. The draft by-law aims to protect Cape Town’s beaches from encroachment, poaching, pollution, and damaging the environment around the beach. It will be put out to the public for comment and criticism soon.

The aim of the draft by-law is to assist the city to better manage the coastline and enable law enforcement of activities that may have a damaging impact on the coastal environment. It will be available for public participation from 1 August 2019 to 2 September 2019 and the city will be hosting eight public hearings across Cape Town to engage with residents during that month. The proposed by-law addresses the following for Cape Town’s beaches: Poaching or illegal fishing, harvesting or removal of vegetation, removal of sand, pebbles, rocks, shells, encroachment of private property into the coastal environment, measures to remove encroachments, and rehabilitate affected land, possession or consumption of liquor or drugs, hawking or doing business without authorisation, launching of vessels, issuing of fines for contraventions.

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