Dogs to be reined in on these 14 Cape beaches

Cape Town, renowned as a sun-worshiping hotspot, has become a hotbed of conflict between beachgoers who want a dog-friendly beach environment and those who complain about the negative impact of dogs on the city’s beaches.

The areas under consideration are detailed as follows:

Kommetjie – proposed change at Long Beach, Kommetjie from free-running to no dogs

Soetwater – status quo, no dogs allowed

Witsand – status quo, dogs free-running

Misty Cliffs – minor change – Dogs on leash before 09:00 and after 18:00

Millers Point – status quo, no dogs allowed

Fisherman’s Beach – proposed change to no dogs

Frank’s Beach – proposed change to no dogs

Windmill Beach – proposed change from free-running to dogs on a leash

Burghers’ Walk – status quo, dogs on a leash

Water’s Edge Beach – proposed no dogs allowed

Seaforth Beach – proposed no dogs allowed

Long Beach, Simon’s Town – status quo, dogs free-running

Mackerel Beach – status quo, dogs free-running

Shelley’s Beach and tidal pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Glencairn Beach and tidal pool – proposed change to no dogs allowed

Fish Hoek Beach – status quo of no dogs in the corner on the Jaggers Walk end of the beach, proposed dogs on a leash from the lighthouse to the start of Clovelly Beach

Clovelly Beach – proposed change from a free-running area for dogs to time restrictions for free-running dogs – Dogs on leash between 09:00 and 18:00

Wooly’s Pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Kalk Bay Tidal Pools – status quo, no dogs allowed

Dalebrook Beach and tidal pool – proposed no dogs allowed

Danger Beach – proposed change from free-running area for dogs to dogs on a leash

St James Beach and tidal pool – status quo, no dogs allowed

Muizenberg Beach including Surfer’s Corner – status quo – Dogs on a leash December – March before 09:00 and after 18:00. Dogs on a leash April – November

Sunrise Beach – status quo

Sonwabe Beach – proposed dogs on a leash with horses at all times

Strandfontein Beach – status quo, no dogs allowed

Nine Miles Beach – proposed dogs on a leash with horses at all times

Blue Waters Resort – status quo, no dogs allowed

Beyond Blue Waters Resort – Dogs free-running at all times

Beachgoers have until 30 April to add their input by contacting Helen Jordaan, Professional Officer: Beach Amenities Coordination Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department City of Cape Town

Helen.jordaan@capetown.gov.za
Tel:       021 400 1691
Fax:      021 425 4705

15 thoughts on “Dogs to be reined in on these 14 Cape beaches

  1. clare says:

    How the hell do we as humans think we have the right to restrict our canine friends?!?!?!?!?! It’s absurd – humans should be restrained at all times. Kids should be restrained at all times. If my dog cant come to the beach with me and play freely then peoples kids shouldn’t be allowed to either.

    1. Renee says:

      Kid’s don’t often jump up on, bite and intimidate people. It’s the careless people who allow their dogs to get out of control who we should blame.

      1. Roxane says:

        Yes they do! It’s the careless people who allow their kids to get out of control who we should blame too! Kids get away with anything, being annoyingly loud and in peoples faces while responsible dog owners won’t let their dogs harm anyone or be in the way and any kid is allowed anywhere and dogs are not….Ridiculous!

  2. michelle says:

    Have you seen the amount of litter left behind by people. Not to mention the peace and quite being disturbed by screaming and out of control kids. All dogs do is run and play. If everyone picked up after their dogs, what is the problem. This is absurd. The beach is there for everyone, and dogs are part of the family too.

    1. lara says:

      exactly, we all pay rates and taxes and now are told that we cant take our furkids to the beach
      ludicrous

  3. Marion says:

    -Most dog walkers are enviromently aware and the majority of them pick up not only thier own dog feaces but rubbish and pollution thAt wouldve swept the area,

    – the crime factor i know will significantly rise…as the majority of beach goers in the deep south are dog owners, the beach will become significantly quieter and will be prone to more crime activity EG; the jaguars walk on fish hoek beach is prone to petty crime and attacks….. even when there is security, and because it being a no dogs zone its quieter and vunerable therefore it makes an individual an easier target

    – walking my dogs on the beach has been therapeautic to say the least, meeting fellow animal lovers alike, my dogs energy out for the day and bonding with my community, whitch makes us unique and different to any suburb and town.

    – The deep south thrives on thier pet friendly beaches, taking this away will surely lessen our tourism economy(people from all over cape town come to visit noordhoek beach esp with thier dogs- dont believe me look on big social media sites to see the proof)

    – One dog fight cannot surely be the reason this has all began????? there have been many reported and unreported dog fights in tokia forests, silvermine mountain and pretty much any dog area, where have those lawas gone to? controling a dog on the lead will make a dog more vunrable, making them more aggressive, whitch wil make the issue semi worse…
    I have seen something that cauld work…is colour coding dogs on leashes/collors.
    green – friendly with humans and dogs
    orange- no dogs
    red -no dogs or humans

    dogs on leads can make a dog highly strung, retiress cannot run on the beach, how can retrievers(known to retrieve seaweeds in the water its in thier nature) or a border collie needing to get thier energy out for the day, if they cant owners will have more difficulty controling such hyper dogs…that need to be out off thier leads, run and get significant exersize, taking this away will definately make these gentle and awesome dogs more aggresive,

    My little dog- cross jack russel brack, is prone to being cheecky, if she gets strapped onto a lead on the beach, its torturous and punishment for her, she gets to bond with other dogs, gets to let out her energy, swim and learn how to be interactive with other animals.

    please dont let all of us good owners/ good dogs suffer because of one minor majority, it will be sad to see this incredible little deep south become so restrictive because of one idiot that has no control and no idea how to train or understand thier dog. or because of the ”Rubbish” factor, or because of “tourism” when we weigh the pros and cons, the cons outweigh the pros completely should we pass this law.

    Finding another solution will be best, that we can all agree on…taking this away is just not the right way to do this.

    1. Editor says:

      Beachgoers have until 30 April to add their input by contacting Helen Jordaan, Professional Officer: Beach Amenities Coordination Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department City of Cape Town

      Helen.jordaan@capetown.gov.za
      Tel: 021 400 1691
      Fax: 021 425 4705

    2. Roxane says:

      Totally agree!

  4. Victoria Dee says:

    Don’t b*tch and moan, put your concerns (objectively) to
    Helen Jordaan, Professional Officer: Beach Amenities Coordination Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department City of Cape Town
    Helen.jordaan@capetown.gov.za
    Tel: 021 400 1691
    Fax: 021 425 4705

  5. lara says:

    how on earth can animals, dogs, horses be restricted when there is so much crime and pollution
    why has that not been addressed and why do we get targeted being innocent
    surely there should rather be a strict fine for people who don’t pick up dog poops apposed to banning dogs or horses completely
    this is not right at all

  6. Florence Leahy says:

    it is our weekend treat to spend time with our children and pets after a hard weeks work, please, please please don’t spoil our special family times together….

  7. Helena says:

    Please rethink, there are many dogs and horses in this area and the reason why many choose to live here. Dogs are also safety for beach goers and having to leave dogs pent up in gardens will cause more problems. Horses and dogs are never problems, humans are. Dogs on leash are more likely to be aggressive as well both towards other dogs and people. The beaches and animals are fantastic recreation for our stressed souls and nobody will benefit from restrictions. Please rethink where to put resources to best use.

  8. Sandra Ackland says:

    Please do not restrict the dogs further. It is difficult enough finding safe places to walk our animal.s
    lets rather focus on the human poo pollution factor.
    s

  9. Ethel says:

    To Whom It May Concern

    This is absolutely rediculous!!! Part of the fun of having horses and dogs is that we can enjoy the “GREAT OUTDOORS”. AND part of their fun is getting out of the prison of an enclosed property to run and play. Just because of 1 highly publicised attack, now we all have to suffer??!?! Honestly, I find this short sighted and selfish

  10. Bernz says:

    I must be honest. This saddens me as a dog lover. But unfortunately many dog owners do not train or clean up after their dogs.

    Slightly unrelated but I have stopped going to the Cecilia State forest because I can’t stand the stench of all the dog crap lying around there.

    As a dog owner it is your responsibility to clean up after your dog & to make sure they are socialised.

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