Meet the volunteer: Mncedisi Hlalatu, Station 19 (Richards Bay)

Mncedisi Hlalatu in the North Coast radio studio talking about Pink Rescue Buoys and water safety

42-year-old sailing instructor and father of seven Mncedisi ‘Tata’ Hlalatu became an NSRI volunteer nearly a year ago. And in early 2020, he joined the drowning-prevention team as a water-safety educator for the Richards Bay area. I started volunteering at Station 19 in August 2019. I became interested after a one-day boat-safety training exercise organised

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Enos Sibashe, Loveness’s father, with one of the Pink Rescue Buoys that he put up on Tuesday, 21 July 2020, at the Mabulala dam

NSRI CEO Dr Cleeve Robertson estimates that there are 2000 fatal drownings each year in South Africa. Six hundred of these are children. Many of these drownings are preventable, if only there had been proper prevention initiatives or the right equipment at hand. On Friday 12 June 2020, South Africans were shocked at the news

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Beware of Rip currents.

Rip currents ( the darker green water) can clearly be seen near Plettenberg Bay.

This picture shows very clearly what rip currents look like from above. The water flows in towards the beach over sandbanks (It is a lighter colour and the waves break evenly over these areas). The water that hits the beach needs to flow back out to sea and sometimes a rip current – or ‘river’

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Sea Rescue Water Safety:

Andrew Ingram, Sea Rescue Prevention Services spokesman, said: Sea Rescue’s national water safety team of instructors have again smashed records, this year teaching water safety to over 570 000 children in South Africa. Our nineteen, full-time professional water safety instructors visit schools from Soweto to Khayelitsha and from Ceres to Port St Johns, teaching children

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