TDA assumes accountability and management of the City’s coastline (seaward of the defined Coastal Edge) to ensure ongoing economic growth and opportunities; increased access and social value; coastal risk reduction and the management and conservation of the natural coastal environment and systems.


TDA’s Coastal Management Programme (CMP) is a detailed management and action plan which lays out the City’s approach to managing all aspects of the coastal environment. The CMP, which was adopted in May 2015, sets out to improve the socio-economic and environmental value of our coastal zone by focusing on five elements:

Defining departmental roles and responsibilities for coastal management

Setting out policy where appropriate

Promoting strategic decision-making along the City’s coastline

Outlining management style and protocols

Mapping and collating specialist coastal information


Cape Town’s world-class beaches offer residents and visitors a wealth of activities and well-maintained public facilities. In addition, 10 of Cape Town’s beaches feature on the globally renowned Blue Flag programme – an international symbol of quality for beaches that meet a standard of excellence in safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management. 

Cape Town’s Blue Flag beaches are:

  • Bikini (Gordons Bay)
  • Camps Bay
  • Clifton 4th
  • Fish Hoek
  • Llandudno
  • Melkbosstrand
  • Mnandi
  • Muizenberg
  • Silwerstroomstrand
  • Strandfontein