New Regulations Benefit Natural Resources and Public Safety

A spokesperson for the regulatory authority mandated with protection of the Cape’s ocean resources, Cape Oceans, has provided details of the measures they have implemented regarding public use of the Cape’s seas.  Mr Kratik announced that the public were now prohibited from entering the sea. As we know, said Mr B.R.O Kratik, the seas are not safe. Too many irresponsible people get themselves into trouble in our seas.  This is putting too much strain on the resources of our organisation.  The high costs of making personnel available for observing rescue operations and for completing the necessary paperwork after a drowning could not be justified, he said.

Furthermore, as custodians of the oceans, his organisation is concerned about uncontrolled urinating in the seas along our coastlines.  If we do not control access to the sea, anyone could urinate in it anywhere, he warned.  We simply do not know what the effect of uncontrolled urination will have on our ocean resources and we cannot afford to put them at risk.

Cape Town from the air

When pressed on people’s access to the sea, Mr Kratik said that Cape Oceans encouraged and promoted public enjoyment of the seas.  To this end we are making certain areas accessible. Capetonians will be allowed to enter the sea water within the St James tidal pool and at Langebaan on the west coast.  Cape Oceans has identified these two places as being suitable for public access and permits for this would be made available.  Access would be open during all Cape Oceans office-hours, except Fridays. Furthermore if people felt a need for more adventurous interaction with water, Cape Oceans was in talks with the City about upgrades to both the Muizenberg and Strand water parks.

Clifton beach

Mr Kratik said that Cape Oceans did not think that their management would have a negative impact on tourism in Cape Town.  Most tourist, he said, simply wanted to sunbathe on the beaches and used the sea for cooling down.  In anticipation of demand, therefore, Cape Oceans with the City were putting resources into significantly improving sunbathers shower experiences at all popular beaches.  When questioned about surfers Mr Kratik ensured us that Cape Oceans had a good relationship with the Surf Club of South Africa.  Club members would be allowed to enter the sea during official, pre-organised Club meets at certain surf spots several times a year.

Mr Kratik has warned that Cape Oceans would be vigilant in enforcing their regulations.  Anyone found in the sea without the requisite paperwork on their person would be prosecuted.

The measures have had mixed reception amongst the public.  Most people agreed that it was important to protect the sea and promote public safety in this way. Some groups have however expressed concern. One rock climber that was interviewed said he didn’t like the new regulations.  Who knows what could happen next, he said.  If the authorities can regulate our access to the sea like this, they may even try to regulate access to the mountains.

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12 Responses to New Regulations Benefit Natural Resources and Public Safety

  1. jacques Jul 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    But it aint April yo?

  2. Stewart Jul 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Seriously, wtf is this?
    Justin is this a joke?

  3. Johann Lanz Jul 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    I’m guessing that you guys aren’t big appreciators of satire! Or perhaps you just didn’t read to the end?

    • Stewart Jul 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      I’m laughing now :p

  4. Bruce Tomalin Jul 21, 2014 at 8:13 am #


  5. Justin Lawson Jul 21, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    A comment from the Climb ZA Facebook Page:

    Maybe they should only allow people access to the sea up to the depth that they can walk providing that they are in possession of a green cards and any steep waves should be out of limits without acquiring an activity permit. ID will obviously have to be carried at all times.

  6. Hendrik Jul 21, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Great stuff Johann. I just hope someone at TMNP reads this and grasps it.

  7. Des Porter Jul 21, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    And that’s not all. Please stop breathing immediately! I have for many years been farting in the outdoors thus polluting the air you breathe. Take another breath at your peril.

  8. just fly Jul 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    me , I’m going swimming

  9. Garth Jul 22, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    Perhaps they should also regulate the amount of people urinating on the sides of the freeways.

  10. mokganjetsi (Willem B) Jul 22, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    haha! nice one johann!

    surely the climbing community should have more success in dealing with Cape Nature? not convinced that the MCSA is doing the best we can (or should) do. takes ages to get bolting & EMPs approved; impractical & discriminatory permit systems are introduced; areas get closed for climbing but not hiking etc etc blah blah. would love to hear some ideas as to how we can do it better.

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