Following the successful launch of the water
safety awareness campaign during the 2016 Festive Season, the KZN Department of
Sport and Recreation is rolling out the awareness drive to different areas around
The campaign was launched in December last
year by MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Bongi Sithole-Moloi, who
emphasised the importance of teaching communities about water safety in order
to curb drownings in the Province. KZN has the highest number of drownings in
the country. Lack of information about water safety and survival swimming
skills contributes to the drownings.
As part of the campaign the Department’s
Umgungundlovu District in partnership with iMpendle Local Municipality, on
Tuesday, 24 January, conducted an awareness campaign with children from the
Glen Primary School which is located in deep rural part of Impendle. Children
from the area cross rivers on their way to school on a daily basis, which
exposes them to dangers of drowning.
This project will be focusing on training
school children, community leaders, NGOs that are mainly based in the rural
areas, parents and educators.
The principal of Glen Primary School Mrs
Mabongi Mwelase applauded this initiative which was brought to her school as
she believes that it will be very helpful to her children who cross rivers on
daily basis to get to school.
“I believe this water safety campaign done
today will bring a lot of change to my kids in regards with water safety. It has
enabled them to be aware of the dangers and risks of being around water as well
as how to react when they find themselves in life threating situations in order
to survive. But most of all I think if these kinds of campaigns are done
regularly in schools and communities the drowning rate of people would plummet
very fast,” she commented.
The Glen Primary School leaners were
advised to never forget the skills and information they learned on the day
about water safety as they would need them sometime in their lives and they
should pass the information to other people at home.