With KwaZulu-Natal experiencing the highest number of drownings in the country, the Department of Sport and Recreation (KZNDSR) in partnership with key stakeholders, is intensifying the water safety education through a programme aptly named Swimanathi.
Over 300 children from different parts of the Province on Saturday and Sunday (20-21/02/16) kick-started a five weeks training programme at Ushaka Marine World in Durban to skill them on how to be safe in water.
Most of the children were selected from disadvantaged rural schools from Ilembe, Ugu, and uMzinyathi districts.
The Swimanathi programme is a partnership between KZNDSR, Ushaka Marine, the Department of Education and KwaZulu-Natal Aquatics (KZNA).
The children will receive training from qualified KZNA instructors at uShaka Marine World over the next five weekends to learn water safety skills. The Swimanathi programme was initiated by MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha as part of efforts to promote water safety and to encourage children to take up water sports.
In her 2015 Budget Speech, MEC Sibhidla-Saphetha announced that the programme will be replicated in different districts in the Province to ensure that it reaches a large number of young people.
The programme will be officially launched in due course.