A ban on driving 4×4 vehicles on beaches will not be reconsidered, The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday.
“Neither the prohibition nor the restriction of the recreational use of vehicles is currently being reconsidered due to the positive impact it is having on the ecology of the South African coastal zone,” Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in response to questions by Democratic Alliance.
Molewa said as a result of the prohibition on driving for recreation, there had been an improvement in the ecology of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline.
However, long term research was underway near Cape Vidal to determine if the fish species population, which are targeted by shore fisherman, had been recovered.
There were exceptions to the vehicle ban during fishing competitions, tourism purposes and scientific research.
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