With almost two weeks before the end
of final quarter of the 2016/17 financial year, organisations would naturally
be winding up their affairs and slowing down on service delivery.
However, that is not the case with the
KwaZulu-Natal Government, in particular the Department of Sport and Recreation
under the leadership of MEC Bongi Sithole-Moloi.
During this period the Department continues
to implement service delivery innovations to benefit different communities in
This coming weekend will see the conclusion
of the Department’s new Siyaswima Water Safety programme in Ulundi under the
Zululand District Municipality.
The programme is part of the Water Safety
Campaign launched by MEC Sithole-Moloi in Margate, on the south coast in
December last year. The campaign involves teaching children about water safety
as an intervention to curb the high levels of drownings in the Province.
Siyaswima is run in partnership with KZN
Aquatics which has supplied professional swimming instructors and
equipment. It teaches primary school
going leaners from vulnerable areas water safety by equipping them with
The programme is split over three
week-ends. Learners from identified local schools are brought to a single venue
with adequate accommodation and swimming facilities where they are taught everything
they need to know about swimming and water safety.
The Zululand Programme is held at Nyanya
Resort in Mahlabathini, near Ulundi. It has about 200 learners and their teachers
who are also taught swimming skills so that they can continue teaching other
The progamme has already run for two
weekends and wraps up this coming week-end from Saturday to Sunday (11-12
Children under the programme have already
made significant progress over the past two weekends. Many of them were getting
into the water for the first time but are now able to swim across the swimming
The Siyaswima programme will soon be rolled
out to all other districts in an effort to curtail the alarming number of
drownings in the Province.