Chairperson of the Sport and Recreation Portfolio Committee in the Provincial
Legislature, Lizzy Shabalala has lauded the Siyaswima Water Safety programme for
teaching disadvantaged children swimming skills to minimize the rate of
represented MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Bongi-Sithole Moloi at
the event to mark end of the training session for almost 200 children, child
minders and educators at Nyanya Resort in Ulundi in northern KZN.
programme which was staggered over three consecutive week-ends is part of the
Water Safety Campaign launched by MEC Sithole-Moloi in December last year.
government funded initiative is run in partnership with KZN Aquatics as
implementers. It focusses on areas where children are forced to cross rivers to
go to schools and equips them with swimming skills as well as water safety
Shabalala told the children that they were the
fortunate generation as such opportunities were not open to everyone in the
am confident this will arm you with skills that will go a long way in reducing
the alarming rate of drownings in the Province,” she said. She
said MEC Sithole-Moloi has given a commitment that the initiative would be
sustained and spread to other districts.
who were part of the Ulundi programme made significant progress over the past
three weekends. The climax of the
programme was an informal contest where they had to compete against each other to
showcase what they have learned.
of the children were getting into water for the first at the training and the
majority of them were now able to swim across the swimming pool unassisted.
Amahle Ngema said the programme was very beneficial.” I have learned a lot and
the programme has removed my fear of water,” she said.
learned how to swim and after this we will be able to train others just like
what our instructors are doing,” added Melusi Khumalo.
Zulu from eScoco Primary said he has learned how to save a person from drowning.
swimming instructors were also equally pleased with the enthusiasm with which
the programme was received by the Ulundi learners. One of the instructors
Khombi Ngcamu said she hoped the knowledge that they have impacted to the
children will be cascaded down to assist others.
DSR and Department of Education officials were confident that the training programme
will assist in unearthing the swimming talent amongst the previously
Siyaswima programme will soon be rolled out to all other districts in an effort
to curtail the alarming number of drownings in the Province.