for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi has unveiled a
sport and arts programme to encourage water safety and responsible behavior
during the festive season at the launch function held at the St Michaels Beach
near Margate on the KZN South Coast on Thursday, 08/12/16.
programme involves both the Department of Sport and Recreation and Arts and
Sithole-Moloi said the two departments have an important role to play in making
the festive season safer using arts and sports.
thrust of our programme revolves around utilising sport and arts as mediums to
prevent the unnecessary loss of life and limb that often accompany this jolly
period. We are saying that people must enjoy themselves but they must also
ensure that they look after themselves. Our programmes range from swimming
lessons for children at swimming pools, beach sports and festivals, aerobics, chess
lessons at libraries, ingoma as well as other events that are aimed at keeping
the youth occupied,” she said.
added that the drowning statistics in the country were alarmingly high and
KwaZulu-Natal is leading with the number of deaths as a result of drowning.
study conducted by Netcare 911 in 2015 showed that KwaZulu-Natal has the
highest deaths related to drowning, with 40% of the national statistics.
Coastal areas account for 69% of drowning incidents, and 55% incidents happen
in summer more than in any other period of the year. For the youth and adults
drownings are usually alcohol related, which may suggest a lack of education on
dangers of swimming after drinking,” said Sithole-Moloi.
Learn to swim
said KZNDSR is partnering with water sport federations to draw up a water
safety strategy, which is a coordinated effort to deal comprehensively with
water safety and development of water sport.
the Festive season KZN Aquatics will lead the learn to swim programme to teach
children swimming skills at swimming pools, to be manned by qualified instructors,
around the Province.
Department is also partnering with Municipalities along the KZN Coastline to
deliver Beach Festivals that involves beach sport, water safety demonstrations,
education and entertainment.
main message is to discourage drinking and swimming, reckless sexual behaviour
and swimming at unguarded beaches. We also encourage people to remain active
and healthy by exercising, playing sport and eating correctly even during the
festive season,” said MEC Sithole-Moloi.
Beach Festivals will be organised in the following areas:
(16 December), oThongathi (18 December), Blythedale in KwaDukuza (26-27
December), eThekwini (28, 29, 30 December), St Michaels Beach (28-29 December)
and Richardsbay (31 December – 01 January).
Chess in Libraries
and DAC are partnering with Chess KZN for the chess in libraries programme. The
aim is to have chess played in all libraries with the aim of creating chess
clubs. Qualified instructors will be available at selected libraries and chess
board will be available on request for any individual wishing to play.
addition the Department will support the Jacob Zuma Chess tournament to be held
a Sibusisiwe Hall in Mandeni on 20 December.
JG Zuma Football tournament will take place at Eshowe High School on 17
Other DAC supported events
Department of Arts and Culture will support Umkhosi Woselwa at ENyokeni Palace
in KwaNongoma on 13-18 December.
of the activities include a cultural programme and workshops where young men
are groomed on the basics of what it means to be real men especially in the
context of protecting women and children. Sports activities will also take
place during the ceremony.”
DAC events include Awesome Ilembe on 27 December, Ingoma YaseNquthu on 19
December and Ingoma eQhudeni on 30 December.