Swim centre gets parliament honour

2015-11-10 06:00
Zulu leader and politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi visited the pupils who are participating in a programme at the AfriOceans Centre in Simon’s Town.  PHOTO: nicole mccain

Zulu leader and politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi visited the pupils who are participating in a programme at the AfriOceans Centre in Simon’s Town. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Young swimmers at the AfriOceans Centre in Simon’s Town received a high-profile visitor recently.

IFP leader prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi visited the non-profit organisation to engage with pupils of Simon’s Town School as they embark on a marine conservation awareness programme.

The organisation was recently recognised in parliament for encouraging “people to become proactive guardians of nature through informative and transformative human and nature experiences and promote conservation”.

The AfriOceans Centre aims to address the high rate of drowning through its “Swim like a shark” programme, raises awareness about marine life and teaches basic swimming skills to pupils.

The organisation does not only intend making children water safe through proper swim coaching, but also educates on the importance of sharks and our oceans.

Over 30 000 pupils at 13 schools have already benefited from the project, says AfriOcean founder Lesley Rochat.

A self-proclaimed life-long conservationist, Buthelezi emphasised the importance of programmes such as those run by Afri­Oceans while addressing pupils on Wednesday last week.

“I believe that conservation is not just about protecting the future, but about teaching others to love, respect and benefit from our natural world,” he said.

“We always look after the things we love. So if we can make people fall in love with the ocean, with nature and with wildlife, we will help these treasures survive.”

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