Lifeguarding is a Profession and an Essential Public Service
Apr05

Lifeguarding is a Profession and an Essential Public Service

Lifeguarding is a Profession and an Essential Public Service Did you know that beach lifeguards are now like doctors and police – they’re not allowed to strike? Lifeguarding is a Profession and an Essential Public Service, removing the right of employees to strike as tis could lead to the loss of lives, lifesaving experts say. But here’s a thing in some places in South Africa, lifeguards are only paid intermittently or not at all,...

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Frank Solomon – Surfer & Ocean Sentinel
Dec13

Frank Solomon – Surfer & Ocean Sentinel

We had the pleasure of interviewing our local ocean entrepreneur and activist Frank Solomon – an international pro surfer, lifesaver endorsed by various brands and founder of the Sentinel Ocean Alliance.  Want to tell me a little bit about yourself?  I grew up in Hout Bay, in Valley Road – lived around here my whole life. Went to Krenendal, Camps Bay High then started life-saving. I have been surfing since I was...

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Free Diving – A Breathtaking Love Affair
Oct04

Free Diving – A Breathtaking Love Affair

We had the pleasure of chatting to the magical Daniela from Cape Town Freediving. How did you get into freediving? Daniela: “My fascination with water started at a very young age. If I look at my baby album, I was swimming before I was walking.  So it’s always been something very close to me. Through times of strife, water was my place of safety so to speak.  Water has always been a place of happiness I...

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Ecoboards – The Future of Sustainable Surfing
Aug27

Ecoboards – The Future of Sustainable Surfing

Most surfers are conservationists by default.  However, if we were to unpack the materials surfboards are made of, we may start to question our altruistic naturalist stance. Surfboards of polished wood  Gone are the original Hawaiian days of surfboards made of polished wood. Surfboards are built out of non-biodegradable foam, plastered with fiberglass, and then coated with toxic resins.  Surfboards are made almost...

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South African Diver Volunteers In A Thai Rescue Mission
Jul11

South African Diver Volunteers In A Thai Rescue Mission

The plight of the Thai soccer team and the heroic cave rescue mission has gripped the world for the past weeks.   The Nightmare Rescue Mission  The world breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday as the grueling 17-day ordeal for the 12 boys and their coach was finally over thanks to an epic rescue mission.  The group ventured into the vast cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer...

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We’ve Become Better People Through Surfing
Jul10

We’ve Become Better People Through Surfing

On a beautiful Winter’s morning, Amanzi Mag met with some of the surf coaches at Waves 4 Change – our surf therapy community programme. The venue was not the typical surf spot, instead, we met at Monwabisi Beach. We chatted to these inspiring guys who have turned their lives around through surfing. From a Life of Gangsterism Lwandile and Kanyiso are both 22 and live in Kuyasa Township off Baden Powell Drive. They first...

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