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Hibiscus Coast municipality will hear nudist beach application next week

The Hibiscus Coast municipality will hear an application for a nudist beach on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast next Tuesday.

“We thought the council was going to hear it this week Tuesday, but it seems it will only be considered next week Tuesday,” SA National Naturists Association (Sanna) chairman Athol Lutge said on Thursday.

His organisation and the KwaZulu-Natal Naturists Association brought the application.

In their submission for Mpenjati beach, the associations argue the move would benefit South Africa’s economy and boost property values in the area.

They said the Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver, Canada, received over 500,000 annual naturist visitors, earning the economy R667 million.

Haulover Beach Park in Miami, in the US, had over 1,105,000 annual naturist visitors.France, it argued, received over 3.5m naturist visitors a year.”We do not believe that property values could drop any further as a result of the proposed naturist beach.

The experience world-wide has been just the opposite, property values have increased,” the application reads.Sanna then turns to the Bible to back its claim that human nakedness is not shameful or sinful.

Sanna is a member of the International Naturist Federation (INF) which has more than 30 national federations as members.According to the INF, nudism is a way of life in harmony with nature where activities are not directed towards profit.

“The goal of naturism/nudism is the promotion of the physical and mental health of humans in nature or in athletic activities,” it says.

At a debate earlier this week more than 100 local residents were for the nudist beach and less than half that number were against it, Lutge said.

Those who were against it were narrow-minded, he said.The Times newspaper quoted Trafalgar resident Reyna Joubert as saying: “I walk around nude in my house.

But when I look at myself in the mirror I think I look like those old naked people on the beach.

Everything droops. I don’t want to look at drooping boobs and buttocks on our beach.

“Another resident, Amanda Foster, who is in favour of the nudist beach, said: “I would want to enjoy a day at the beach with my family as naturists. Am I weird because I am a mother and a grandmother who wants to be free and naked on the beach?”