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The City of Cape Town has introduced a new draft by-law intended to protect the coastline and help preserve South Africa's marine heritage, protecting it from pollution, poaching and the encroachment of private property.

The coastal by-law will be open for public comment on 1 August.

The city's mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt explains the purpose of the by-law.

One of the aspects of the by-law is to try and clamp down on people attempting to claim parts of the beach as their own private space.

The principle of the beach is that it belongs to all South Africans and it needs to be open.

Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, Mayoral committee member - City of Capetown

There is the tendency that people will extend their gardens or boundary walls.

Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt, Mayoral committee member - City of Capetown

A series of eight meetings will be held to discuss it with the public.

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This article first appeared on 702 : Cape Town introduces new draft by-law to protect its beaches

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