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Tuesday Mar 04, 2014

Nude beach mooted for Hibiscus Coast

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality would consider allowing a nude beach if there was sufficient desire to change the bylaws that currently prohibit this.

The new KwaZulu-Natal Naturists' Association was still in the process of drafting a proposal for a nudist beach to be presented to the municipality.

Nudists gathered at The Hooting Owl guesthouse at Marina Beach on the South Coast last month to establish a naturist association in the province.

The association hopes to approach municipalities to establish a number of nude beaches on the KZN coast.

Hibiscus Coast municipality spokeswomen Nomusa Zulu said the municipality was prepared to hear from the association's representatives.

But she said the establishment of nude beaches would require a review of the municipal by-laws.

'Should the municipality desire to change this position, a formal council resolution would be required to amend the existing by-laws after the normal public consultative process had been exhausted,' she said.

The association's spokesman, Christo Bothma, told the Daily News yesterday that they would approach municipalities 'for a secluded space for naturists on their beaches'.

'Our interim constitution and code of conduct will accompany the formal request to the different municipalities requesting a 'piece' of their beach,' said Bothma.

'The idea of a nudist beach has come a long way and it will be pursued to the end.'

He said that following a positive reaction at the association's inaugural meeting, an AGM would be held on May 10 to constitute the association.

A nudist beach has long been in existence at uMhlanga Lagoon, although it enjoys no official sanction.

Umhlanga Urban Management Precinct project manager Brian Wright said he was aware through media reports that naturism was being mooted for the South Coast, but insisted 'it's not allowed anywhere in eThekwini'.

'We are complying with that and we have no reports in our area. We don't do naturist, it's illegal,' he said.

South African Naturist Federation vice-president Jacques Crous said it was much easier to establish nudist areas in private areas, although theirs in Gauteng had not yet been legalised.

'The problem is security. It is a big risk for people going to the secluded areas. If it's legalised, police can maybe patrol the areas,' said Crous.

He said they were looking to expand the association in other provinces, with associations already established in the Western Cape, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

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