Despite calls by opposition Members of Parliament for segregation to be eased for the holiday season on the beaches in South Africa's Cape Province, there seems no chance that beach apartheid will end.
GV People swimming at multi-racial Standfontein beach
GVs & SVs People swimming and sunbathing on Standfontein Beach (7 shots)
GV PAN FROM Sign at Muizenbug Beach, designated for whites only, to new pavilion
GV & SV Whites at Muizenbug lounging on lawns (2 shots)
SVs & GV Whites sunbathing, swimming and children playing (4 shots)
GVs Blacks on small Kalk Bay Beach, next to Kalk Bay harbour development; a train passes on rail line above beach (2 shots)
GVs Clifton Beach on the Atlantic side of Cape Town; mainly used by whites (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GVs Whites on Clifton Beach; playing on sand, sunbathing (3 shots)
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Background: Despite calls by opposition Members of Parliament for segregation to be eased for the holiday season on the beaches in South Africa's Cape Province, there seems no chance that beach apartheid will end. Since the holiday season began in mid-December, black families have been ordered to leave beaches by police officers acting on unspecified complaints. Blacks and coloureds are confined to beaches such as Standfontein, which is designated as Cape Town's only official multi-racial beach. The "Whites Only" signs loom large on beaches such as Muizenbug, where apartheid is stringently enforced. Here, only five kilometres (about 3 miles) from Standfontein beach, non-whites have been forced by police to leave. The attractive landscaping and excellent facilities at Muizenbug are in stark contrast to a blacks-only beach on Kalk Bay. Here, as children play on the sand, a train rattles past above them. Kalk Bay harbour development is only metres (yards) away. The Clifton Beach, on the Atlantic Ocean coast of the city, has unofficially dropped its whites-only restrictions -- a concession few, if any blacks and coloureds, can officially enjoy. The beach remains, in practice, strictly segregated.