OPINION: ‘A naturist beach will reverse the rot’

DEAR Editor,-

At the beginning of 2016 the whole South Coast was talking about the council’s proposal to open a naturist beach at Mpenjati.

The ensuing excitement was palpable and busloads of inland naturists arrived at the beach (and a growing number of foreign tourists) as the news spread.

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Hospitality and other businesses were increasing turnover and the image of a sleepy, decaying backwater was being reversed.

Then along came the good Reverend Mike Effanga and other ‘prophets of doom’, claiming that a naturist beach would result in ‘moral and social decay’.

They opposed the council’s enlightened proposal all the way to the public protector, the naturist beach was closed and the South Coast went back into slow decline.

Strangely, even without the naturist beach, moral and social decay has worsened with many ‘charismatic’ pastors, reverends, prophets, messiahs, and so on, leading the way: Apart from feeding congregants grass, insects and petrol (as reported in the media) the latest scandals included spraying insecticide on sinners and one pastor allegedly sexually assaulted 30 of his female congregants!

Which brings me back to ‘fixing Margate and the South Coast’. All like-minded parties should petition the public protector to legalise the naturist beach. All tourism Imbizos and meetings offer the same old ‘paradise’ story.

A legal naturist beach will cost nothing in infrastructure or maintenance and will put the region on the map again.

Without something new and exciting to attract visitors, the only growth industries will be security and charismatic churches.

And all the investment money will go north of Durban where,strangely enough, there is a naturist beach at Umhlanga and no beach at all at Nkandla!




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