ILLOVO SIYASINDISA ACADEMY SAFETY AND AWARENESS PROGRAMME
Written by: Shanice Pillay
The launch of the Illovo Siyasindisa Academy Safety and Awareness Programme took place on Wednesday at the Pirates Lifesaving Club, Battery Beach Durban.
The aim of the event was to help children be more aware of water safety and become better swimmers.
Director of Lifesaving at Suncoast Pirates and Project Manager at Siyasindisa Academy working with Illovo, Charles Khumalo, said that the initiative was created to keep children on the right track.
“Basically what we do is go to townships and get junior or senior boys that can swim and train them to become life guards, which helps them to keep far away from drugs and harmful substances,” said Khumalo.
The professional life guard hopes events such as these will be more frequent, in order to go around KwaZulu-Natal schools.
Maritzburg College student Macs Toich (16) said that he is pleased with the attendance from other students.
“I started in nippers (under 16) when I was 10. This is my first upgrade in my second course and I will be upgrading to seniors soon. I think it’s very exciting this year especially because a lot more people joined us,” said Toich.
Darryl de Wet, marketing manager for Illovo Sugar South Africa, said that the main objective for the project was to roll it out to rural areas and peri-urban areas in Durban.
“We are aware that these water skills and knowledge particularly in our rural communities can be increased, and the whole idea for this project is awareness not only lifesaving, but also hazards about flood water,” said de Wet.
He concluded that the project will slowly roll out to various communities in and around the Durban area.
Caption: Lifeguards training the students.