Beach clean-ups around Port Elizabeth

The team at Raggy Charters endeavour to clean up all of the plastic and other pollution along our beaches to minimise the amount of rubbish in our oceans. We undertake regular beach clean-ups to reduce this impact, and organise events for the whole community to get involved with. The latest being combined with our Education Program and Celebrating The Arrival Of The Whales Festival which is and will continue to be held annually in June.  Youth from various schools in Port Elizbeth were taught about the plastic waste and helped gather waste and built floats with this waste and were paraded along our beach front to the Festival venue - Pine Lodge Resort and Conference Centre. This waste was then sent for recycling.  The festival has grown and to accommodate we have a new venue from 2022, The Willows Resort, a perfect site                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 .

A project was  started in June 2014 when we launched the Wildside Beachwalkers Initative, which saw residents along the wildside of Port Elizabeth doing regular beach clean-ups. We proposed to the locals that whenever you go to the beach; with the kids, with your dogs, for a nice peaceful walk, take a  bag & gloves and do a bit of clearing. This simple action done by many can make a huge difference. And our efforts have increased as we have begun tackling the problem head on by approaching the squid fishing industry and the local authorities. We are hoping to start seeing these fishing boats returning to shore with all of their rubbish, instead of dumping it overboard as we have proved has been happening.  

After 20 years it seems to be a never ending task and large amounts of plastic is still around after beach clean up efforts so we have changed our main focus into trying to get Government to cut down on the production and distribution of single use plastic.  We are currently meeting with Supermarket chains to discuss alternative options and the way forward.


Some of our beach clean-ups and initiatives

  • Something Good Beach Clean UpThank you to all the following for collaboraing and working together to keep Gqeberha clean: the team from Rainbow Recycling, Mr current Mr Ubermann and Madammoiselle PE, Aidan Tuohy (Mr Ubermann 2022) and Bianca Barnard (Madamoiselle PE 2022) and An...
    Sunday, 17th July 2022
  • Boardwalk Mall Beach Clean-upOn 17th Feb 2024 Purity and our NMU WIL (Work in Learnership) Students joined The Boardwalk Mall's Beach Cleanup! 
    Saturday, 17th February 2024
  • International Coastal Cleanup Day! 17 September 2022 - What a successful day and great turnout! International Coastal Cleanup day!  Thank you to all who made this happen and all those who volunteered on the day. We can make a difference.
    Saturday, 17th September 2022
  • The Save Our Ocean Fun DayWhat a beautiful day we had at Brighton beach with the children. Who knew that marine conservation education can be this fun.
    Friday, 19th November 2021
  • Whale Migration & Effects of Single Use Plastic - Knysna to KenyaThis year on the 16th of June we held our second annual celebration of the Arrival of the Whales Festival at Pine Lodge. This year the focus of the festival was to raise awareness of the northern humpback migration and the effects of single use plast...
    Monday, 9th September 2019
  • Sunday, 16th October 2016
  • Celebrating the Arrival of the Whales FestivalThe 2nd Celebrating the Arrival of the Whales Festival was held at Pine Lodge on the 16th June in perfect weather. The emphasis this year was on trying to reduce the amount of plastic waste that enters the marine environment. The stalls were split be...
    Sunday, 16th June 2019
  • Raggy Charters Launches Wildside Beachwalkers InitiativePlastic pollution on our beaches seems set to stay for the foreseeable future, and one may ask what can be done? Everyone is very quick to point fingers at the chokka and fishing industry, foreign ships and the authorities who fail to do anything abo...
    Sunday, 1st June 2014
  • Sunday, 11th January 2015
  • Celebrate World Oceans Day with Beach Clean-Ups!The World Cetacean Alliance is an organisation dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises. They have recently launched the 'Net Effect' campaign as they work to reduce the impact of ghost nets on marine wildlife. These fishing nets...
    Sunday, 3rd May 2015
  • Coastal Clean-Up Day Saw PE Residents Rally!Saturday 19th September was International Coastal Clean-Up Day. All over the world beach clean-ups were organised in an effort to reduce the amount of garbage and plastic pollution that plague our oceans. Each year 8 million tons of plastic is dumped...
    Thursday, 24th September 2015
  • Raggy Charters Supports Hope Spot With Logo & Beach Clean-UpsAlgoa Bay is soon to be launched as one of South Africa's five Hope Spots. Mission Blue has been declaring special marine conesrvation areas all over the world as Hope Spots, as they are critical to the health of our oceans. With the support of the S...
    Friday, 4th July 2014

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