BCM launches swim­ming pro­gramme

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DROWN­INGS are listed as one of the top causes of un­nat­u­ral death among chil­dren in South Africa.

Buf­falo City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (BCM) has sev­eral sub­urbs and town­ships that are near or close to bod­ies of wa­ter which makes the life skill of swim­ming es­sen­tial.

Ev­ery sum­mer, thou­sands of vis­i­tors flock to the beaches in the metro and sadly so many fam­i­lies go back home with one of their loved ones wrapped in a body bag.

To pre­vent any more of th­ese tragedies, the metro and its “sis­ter city” in Ger­many, Lei­den, have es­tab­lished a wa­ter safety project in Jan­uary last year where young­sters from Isi­bindi Child and Youth Care and Safe Park in Dun­can Vil­lage were given in­tro­duc­tory swim­ming les­sons and trained on wa­ter safety.

This year, the pro­gramme con­tin­ues with a six-month swim­ming pro­gramme where 20 young­sters from the Safe Park and an­other 20 from Scenery Park, aged be­tween nine and 15, will be equipped with wa­ter safety skills.

The group from Scenery Park are chil­dren who were in­volved in the drown­ing tragedy at the Um­zonyana Dam, which claimed a young life in Fe­bru­ary this year.

The pro­gramme will en­sure that the iden­ti­fied par­tic­i­pants are able to prac­tise wa­ter safety ac­tiv­i­ties in dif­fer­ent aquatic en­vi­ron­ments and are able to swim and surf.

BCMM spokesman Samkelo Ng­wenya said: “It is our aim that the life skill of swim­ming is im­parted to as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble and that they are ex­posed to the dif­fer­ent forms of wa­ter sport, in­clud­ing swim­ming, diving and surf­ing, with­out fear.”

Buf­falo City and the City of Lei­den will spend a to­tal of R137 550 to­wards the project-cov­er­ing costs that in­clude swim­ming equip­ment and gear, trans­port to the venue and salaries for the project team.

The launch, which was at­tended by BCM ex­ec­u­tive mayor Xola Pakati, port­fo­lio head coun­cil­lor Xolani Wit­booi and the BCM sports com­mit­tee, was held at the Ori­ent Pool yes­ter­day.

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