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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Seven life lessons swimming can teach you
Jul03

Seven life lessons swimming can teach you

There’s more to swimming than early mornings and bad tan lines. And it’s not all about the medals and breaking records. Competitive Canadian swimmer Olivier Poirier-Leroy shares these 7 fundamentals that swimming will teach you about life. 1.  Work hard for the things you want There are no short-cuts or silver bullets. Hard work pays dividends both in the swimming pool and in life. Some goals take an inordinate amount of effort and...

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From refugee to long-distance swimming sensation
Apr23

From refugee to long-distance swimming sensation

Meet Arafat Gatabazi. A refugee from the DRC Congo who arrived in South Africa in 2012 and ended up at the street children’s home, the Homestead. By 2014 he was named long-distance Swimmer of the Year and now runs the Granadilla Swimming Academy. We find out more about his extraordinary journey and remarkable resilience.  Q: What was life like at the Homestead? A: Life was very different there; most of the children had little to no...

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School teaches a lesson on plastic pollution
Mar14

School teaches a lesson on plastic pollution

Dainfern College put an inventive spin on their Swimathon annual fundraiser. They wanted to highlight plastic pollution, so they added plastic bottles into their swimming pool before the swimathon. In line with the Dainfern College Foundation’s aim to ‘multiply our impact on the world around us,’ they had the school collect as many plastic bottles as possible. These were then thrown into the pool before the Grade 4-7 pupils swam, to...

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Take the plunge with these cool water adventures
Mar01

Take the plunge with these cool water adventures

If you fancy a weekend of high-adrenalin, that’s out of your comfort zone, but still quenches your aquatic appetite, why not try these for close-to-the-edge water adventures? We’ve put together a heart-pounding bucket list at selected ‘hot’ water spots all over the country.  Kloofing Kloofing or Canyoneering (as it’s known internationally) involves a whole lot more than just taking a leap of faith. It requires some hiking,...

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Watch out for this Ironman and Lifesaver – he dreams big.
Feb22

Watch out for this Ironman and Lifesaver – he dreams big.

Sanele Nxumalo hails from Lamontville Durban, he’s a professional lifeguard, an Ironman, is only 23 and already has a string of achievements to his name. His physique resembles a modern-day Viking and he has an unbounded ambition to clinch the Surf Lifesaving National Title. Amanzi gets to know this determined youngster and finds out how he aims to realise his dreams. Q: What made you choose lifesaving and how did you start...

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