What is the aim of a beach access permit?
To enable persons with a permanent, severe MOBILITY impairment to access beach areas in order to join their families on the beach.
It needs to be noted that the beach permits were not approved to enable sportsmen (e.g. Anglers) to reach fishing spots. Anglers can apply for access to fishing spots via their angling clubs.
No formal qualifying criteria were gazetted, as the spirit of the agreement between the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA) and the Department of Environmental Services and tourism (DEAT) embraces guidelines focusing on severe and permanent MOBILITY impairment. In most cases this means that the applicant will use an assistive device like a wheelchair or double crutches to move along.
You will not qualify if:
You are blind, deaf, suffers from medical conditions such as emphysema or other lung afflictions, back or leg problems that make walking difficult, general health or ageing problems like arthritis, etc. Applicants suffering from these conditions CAN STILL WALK – PARALYZED PEOPLE IN WHEELCHAIRS CANNOT WALK AT ALL.
IT NEEDS TO BE NOTED THAT BEACH PERMITS ARE NOT ISSUED TO PEOPLE WHO QUALIFIES AS: DISABLED: ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DEFINITION - THEY ARE ISSUED TO PEOPLE WHO ARE UNABLE TO WALK ON SAND. AS A RESULT OF A PERMANENT, SEVERE MOBILITY IMPAIRMENT.
Where can I obtain the necessary application forms?
The forms can be obtained at the DEAT offices, NCPPDSA, or for the Limpopo Province at the Association for Persons with Disability, Limpopo Province.
Once I have received the forms, where do I start?
Please ensure that the application form is completed in full e.g. all contact details.
Attach a medical report or letter.
Your own medical practitioner must provide a letter stating your type of physical disability and describe the assistive device you are dependant on. (It could be your house doctor, specialist etc.)
A copy of your Identity Document must be submitted with all applications.
I have completed and obtained the necessary the necessary forms and was seen by the APD Panel, what then?
You or the office where you applied at must submit the relevant documents to the NCPPDSA. Please advice them of the tracking number application in order to collect it from the Post Office Counter.
Once the NCPPDSA receives your application, what happens next?
Once they receive the application, they will scrutinize it. If it is in order and in line with the guidelines issued by DEAT they will provide you with their written recommendation in the form of a certificate, which you will have to submit to DEAT together with your completed application form.
Once received by DEAT, what happens next?
DEAT will then process the application and issue the permit directly to the client, provided that the application is successful and complies with the necessary guidelines.
THE PERMIT IS VALID FOR THREE YEARS. AFTER THAT, YOU HAVE TO APPLY FOR RENEWAL. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PERMIT IS ISSUED TO THE APPLICANT, AND NOT TO THE CAR OR VEHICLE USED TO DRIVE ON THE BEACH.
Any queries regarding the permit can be referred to Christa van der Walt at the Association for Persons with Disability, Limpopo Province, or to the NCPPDSA