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Nudist beach plans for KwaZulu Natal

By Sowetan LIVE | Aug 20, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 80 ]

In a country where girls are attacked for wearing short skirts and rape is rife, is it a wise idea to have a nudist beach to boost tourism?

The KZN Naturist Association has made a formal application for a beach between Port Shepstone and Port Edward to be declared a nudist friendly beach.

The area that has been identified is North of the Lagoon and part of Mpenjati Beach. It is part of the Blue Flag Trafalgar Beach and Marine Reserve.

One of the reasons for the application is that many overseas tourists were familiar and comfortable with topless and naturist beaches and this will attract many of them.

While this may please the free spirited beach goers and boost tourism there are many people who are against the idea.

Due to the sensitive nature of the application, the municipality has called for public comment and those wishing to oppose or support it have today to do so.

The Municipality has already received feedback and comments about this. According to Municipal spokesperson Simon Soboyisa, “About 80 percent are opposed to the beach and 20 percent support it.”

Durban has an unofficial nudist beach in Umhlanga, North of Durban which has been around for about 15 years.

Last year beach goers complained about a large group of men who exposed, fondled and played with themselves.

"I was shocked when men showed up from the dunes and started touching themselves in a compromising fashion. I tried to make my children look away but [it was too late] . It's disgusting," a beachgoer said yesterday.

 

Top 5 naturist hotspots in South Africa:

1. Sun Eden Naturist Resort (north of Pretoria) - this is the premier naturist resort in SA and has been going for about 15 years.

2. Schoonkloof Game Ranch (80km NW of Sun City) - situated on about 4500 Ha this is a bush getaway of note.

3. Sandy Bay - historically one of the busier and more popular

4. Umhlanga Lagoon beach - another popular venue on the East coast.

5. Riverbend Cottages - secluded in the Magaliesberg range and on the banks of a river this is a really beautiful venue.

 

Internationally:

Most of Europe has nudist beaches, but Spain has the most liberal approach where public nudity is legal anywhere in the country. Second to that is Cap d'Agde which is a nude French city on the Riviera and home to about 50000 permanent residents. Roughly 250 000 people visit there annually.

 

SOURCES: www.ilovedurban.co.za, The Times, www.gotravel24.com

COMMENTS [ 80 ]

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RobinX

A very misleading headline as public opinion seems to be so heavily weighed against it that it is very unlikely to happen.

Aug 20, 2014 11:49 | 2 replies

Vhamsanda

It's a good idea to have this in KZN. You might find yourself a granny here.

Aug 20, 2014 3:55 | 0 replies

maneater

ALSO THINK ITS A GOOD IDEA ONE PLACE YOU CAN GO TO AND BE SURE NO ONE IS CARRYING A GUN!

Aug 20, 2014 4:4 | 0 replies

Hutton

Most of African cultures are used to being topless, so i fully support the idea.

Aug 20, 2014 11:55 | 1 replies

Zimbali

The guys who were fondling with each other , are'nt they Orlando Pirates players ?

Aug 20, 2014 3:18 | 1 replies

Baboro

They're Pirates supporters

Aug 20, 2014 3:25 | 0 replies

Phuphethakatha

I like KZN beaches and I am gonna like this more !!! Sizawuhamba ze, ngesuti yesele kamnandi nje ngamandulo. Back to Garden everyone !!!

Aug 20, 2014 11:57 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

U S.Cold uzowuthanda lo umbono, Umbono umuhle kakhulu

Aug 20, 2014 12:0 | 1 replies

s.cold

NAWE UYALWAZI UDABA!!!!

Aug 20, 2014 12:49 | 0 replies

Whiz

I don't think it will happen. S Africans are too conservitive, expecially the Afrikaaners, they shout the odds. They not open minded like the Europeans, here the NG church rules !!

Aug 20, 2014 12:1 | 4 replies

Hutton

this is only for us, Africans and the other non-whites.

Aug 20, 2014 12:4 | 2 replies

RobinX

No need to play a race card here!

Aug 20, 2014 12:7 | 1 replies

Hutton

its the truth Madala

Aug 20, 2014 12:11 | 1 replies
Aug 20, 2014 12:22 | 1 replies

Hutton

topless has always been there, even when the elders are conducting the virginity tests, the ladies are topless. that is a standard for non-whites.

Aug 20, 2014 12:28 | 1 replies

RobinX

And so why do you exclude other groups from visiting nudist beaches. Believe it or not, it is not ONLY AN AFRICAN THING. And I reckon you will find that many modern black women are not that keen on flashing boobs to all and sundry anymore.

Aug 20, 2014 12:31 | 0 replies

Mzabalazo

Is Spain and France where they more liberal about nudity yours (Africans) too?

Aug 20, 2014 1:20 | 0 replies

RobinX

That part of the South Coast is very much an English enclave, though the idea is getting plenty of opposition from those quarters.

Aug 20, 2014 12:7 | 0 replies

Shredder

It will happen dude. Just like porn TV. South Africa is the devil's playground.

Aug 20, 2014 12:28 | 1 replies

RobinX

Nah. People have been trying to legalise nudism at Sandy Bay since I was a kid. Still not the case. People just turn a blind eye, that's all.

Aug 20, 2014 12:32 | 2 replies

Whiz

Robin I thought sandy bay was legal by now, what's the reason ??

Aug 20, 2014 1:9 | 1 replies

RobinX

It is still not actually legal. It's just that no-one in CT gives a sh!t.

Aug 20, 2014 2:43 | 0 replies

Shredder

@RobinX - That was during apartheid time.

Aug 20, 2014 1:53 | 1 replies

Whiz

Shreds, have you been there lately ??

Aug 20, 2014 2:15 | 0 replies

Phuphethakatha

Black communities will complain that this whole beach nudist thing induces rape ! Hope not...

Aug 20, 2014 12:32 | 1 replies

Mzabalazo

You are wrong, there are some white people who do not sees nudity in public as a sin. We are all human beings and we need to remove the stereotyping. I kind of detest this notion that certain things are said to be not part of an African 'culture'.

Aug 20, 2014 1:23 | 1 replies

RobinX

Leave race out of it. Just look at the varied comments of various "race groups" here and see how ridiculous your comment is. So why not follow your own advice and "remove the stereotyping" please. It is plain racist.

Aug 20, 2014 1:33 | 0 replies

s.cold

VERY BRILIANT IDEA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,YES I LIKE I LIKE,,,,,AKUZOBHEJWANA!!!!!!

Aug 20, 2014 12:4 | 0 replies

Dkok

I hope they put a large sign that says "No S.Cold allowed beyond this point"

Aug 20, 2014 12:8 | 1 replies

s.cold

INFACT THEY WILL APPRECIATE ABO S.COLD,,,IT IS NOT A CHURCH MCHANA KE KU.KU LE P!PI VIEW YA BHUSENDE/MAHHALA

Aug 20, 2014 12:49 | 0 replies

s.cold

UKUHAMBA UHLOBISE NGEPIPIKAZI LAKHO KUNGAKWENZA INTANDOKAZI KWABANGABUSISWANGA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,NANI BAFAZI NINGA-SHOW OFF NGEZIBUMBU NEZINGQUZA ZENU NITHOLE UKUBHEJWA NOMA ININI PROVIDED UKUTHI NIVUMELELE FUTHI NITHE SITHE,,,,HHHAWU YAMNAND INTO MADODA

Aug 20, 2014 12:8 | 1 replies

Nkwesheng!!

NANI BAFAZI NINGA-SHOW OFF NGEZIBUMBU NEZINGQUZA ZENU NITHOLE UKUBHEJWA............ Kwakwa....yasuka. Batshele malome s.banda.

Aug 20, 2014 1:31 | 0 replies

Maduvula

twitter has nudes, wont go to SA's AIDS capital for that.

Aug 20, 2014 12:9 | 0 replies

smokie

the Rate of girls being raped will increase about 15% in KZN watch the space but why this is non Africanism but I can see the coconuts who don't value the norms and standards of black people are happy.

Aug 20, 2014 12:10 | 3 replies

Hutton

please explain yourself, clearly please

Aug 20, 2014 12:14 | 0 replies

Mzabalazo

You are wrong, there are some white people who do see nudity in public as a sin. We are all human beings and we need to remove the stereotyping. I kind of detest this notion that certain things are said to be not part of an African 'culture'.

Aug 20, 2014 1:25 | 0 replies

MommaC

Why would rapes increase? They rape women in burka, nuns in full habits, babies in nappies ... why would this make a difference. Rape has nothing to do with sex - it is about domination, control and agression

Aug 20, 2014 2:16 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

This idea will promote rapes

Aug 20, 2014 12:14 | 4 replies

Hutton

no, people are civilised and they have partners

Aug 20, 2014 12:19 | 0 replies

Phuphethakatha

That's a beach, not a Taxi rank Mtshove...

Aug 20, 2014 12:34 | 0 replies

Mzabalazo

Nothing promotes rape, a rapist is a frustrated power monger, rape is violence, it happens even if you are dressed in long card box clothing. Rape is not promoted by what people wear or not wear it is just a crewed up mentality, a form of power abuse and demeaning others. Stop making excuses for rapist.

Aug 20, 2014 1:28 | 0 replies

Baboro

Don't think so, I don't hear of any rapes happening at our beaches where it's normally crowded for one to commit such a deed, at night maybe but anyone in his/her right state won't go nude at that time

Aug 20, 2014 3:36 | 0 replies

Jengele

Then make it official so that it would be age and user restricted for a specific customers. This will also help the complainants' kids not to be exposed to such acts. It would be good for tourism.

Aug 20, 2014 12:30 | 1 replies

RobinX

ANd which "specific customers"? Who will decide?

Aug 20, 2014 12:33 | 1 replies

Jengele

The municipality and their tourism department will decide. Specific customers- any interested adults.

Aug 20, 2014 2:12 | 1 replies
Aug 20, 2014 2:46 | 0 replies