Umzumbe Summer Beach Festival held on Friday 16 December at Turton Beach on the
south coast, has kick-started the series of beach festivals aimed at
encouraging water safety and responsible behavior during the festive season.
Beach Summer Festivals programme was launched by the MEC for Arts, Culture,
Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi at St Michaels Beach on 08 December.
The programme aims to utilize arts and sports to encourage water safety, instill
a culture of active and responsible behavior and to keep the youth occupied
during the holiday period.
Umzumbe Festival was hosted by the Department of Sport and Recreation in
partnership with Umzumbe Municipality, Umzumbe Tourism and the Sharks Board.
crowd in attendance was entertained and kept active through aerobics, beach
sports, educational talks and demonstrations as well as music.
of the brand ambassadors for the Festivals, Ukhozi FM radio announcer Nonhlanhla
“Mroza” Buthelezi was among those who used their popular voices to encourage
holidaymakers to take the necessary precautions to remain safe.
hope we will all remember to stay safe. Don't drink and go into the water.
Don't drink and steal other people's stuff. Stay safe and behave. Don’t just
wear anything when you go for a swim as heavy clothes can cause you to drown.
It is always advisable to wear appropriate swimwear,” she said.
Sharks Baord conducted safety demonstrations and water awareness messages. Beachgoers
are advised to ensure that children are always under adult supervision.
and edutainment continue today (18 December) with the Department partnering
with other stakeholders, including Ikabawo and eThekwini Municipality to
deliver the first annual oThongathi Beach Festival at Casuarina Beach. It
features music and beach sport.
Beach Festivals will be organised in the following areas: Blythedale Beach in
KwaDukuza (26-27 December), eThekwini (28, 29, 30 December), St Michaels Beach in
Margate (28-29 December) and Richards Bay (31 December – 01 January).
Department’s Summer Festive Season Programme, organized in partnership with the
Department of Arts and Culture, also involve other activities including 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.