KZN Aquatics will be Supporting our Districts, Clubs and
Learn To Swim Schools during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Message From the KZNA Executive
Council & Staff
Aquatics family, Warm greetings from the entire KZNA staff and
Executive Council. By now you will have entered your first few
days of lockdown in South Africa - well done to you for staying
indoors! We hope you are taking care of yourselves and are staying
safe whilst adapting to the remote working conditions.
Welcome to our weekly #lockdown
and beyond Bulletin! So many of us in the Sports sector and indeed
in society at large, have already been affected by the challenging
requirements of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID19. We hope that you
stay safe in your homes and #flattenthecurve
not only to protect yourselves but to protect those around you,
too. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap or sanitizer,
stay at least 1.5m away from other people, and to get in touch with
your local healthcare provider should you feel ill or experience
any of the telling symptoms. For more info on how this national
lockdown will proceed or how to deal with or prevent the
Coronavirus, visit www.sacoronavirus.co.za
Please note that although our offices are closed, our tightknit
team is still on the pulse and will continue to keep you updated
with the latest news, essential information, status updates and
stories from our sector here and across the world. You can also
reach out to us via firstname.lastname@example.org
or make use of our FAQ sheet : www.swimmersden.com/kzn%20questions%20&%20answers.htm
Be sure to follow us on social media : @kznaquatics
for the very latest from the Aquatics bodies, associations,
government departments, and other stakeholders.
Last, but certainly not least, we want to hear from you. We want to
know what your #lockdown
challenges are, how the global #stayathome rally has
affected your daily lives, training, education schedules, business
both local and international.
Send your stories to email@example.com
to be featured in our COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin updates or on our
Stay safe, stay home.
President KZN Aquatics
expecting the shutdown to to have a major impact on our members,
from a social, psychological and financial point of view. It is
important that we plan ahead and have contingency plans on how we
can keep our Districts, Clubs and Learn to Swim schools financially
sustainable during this period.
Strategies that we will be
the Clubs and LTS Schools with Lottery Applications.
The current call has a focus on rural districts and clubs and we
have many clubs that fit this category, including township clubs,
clubs in outlying districts, including Harry Gwala, iLembe, KCD
etc. We should ensure that all clubs take this time to prepare
their financial records and have them ready for audits. We will be
contracting a small auditing company to assist with this task, as
our current auditors are too busy with large clients and have not
given sufficient time to the smaller club's requests.
We want to
hold some On-line Workshops to help members
complete the business plans and applications.
There are a number of
options available for Clubs/Learn to Swim Schools who are
registered as businesses and were paying UIF - it is possible to
claim up to R3500 per employee. we will provide more information as
soon as we have an indication of how these funds can be accessed.
One which we are currently aware of and is currently open for
applications is the Easy-Aid
for Corona Benefits – see details below at end of newsletter.
We will be looking at other areas
- Making applications to KZNDSR for special funding as we have
noted that a fund will be available to assist artists, athletes,
technical personnel and the core ecosystem that supports them to
soften the economic impact of the pandemic on their livelihood.
Please visit www.srsa.gov.za
for more framework and criteria details.
- We will also use
this lockdown period as an Opportunity to Host
On-Line Training Courses which would earn CPD points during this
period. To prepare for this, we are encouraging members to install
Skype as we will be using this platform to roll out courses.
- A major Crowd
Funding drive is also being considered as we consider that
there are those withon our community that are less fortunate than
others and the lockdown will have adverse effects on them and thier
families. Our Media & Marketing team will be sharing details
within the next week.
- Google Adverts for Non-Profits will also be considered as a means
of sourcing funding.
Parents and Swimmers to Continue Paying Coaching Fees
appealing to all members to continue paying coaching fees during
this lock down period. We understand that swimmers might
not be getting direct supervised coaching services during this
shutdown, but we need to keep in mind that coaches will be
working during this period. They will be busy doing planning on
new programmes to get swimmers back to full fitness in the
shortest time to minimize the training time lost during the
Remember that every week lost in training takes 4 weeks to get
back to the same level of fitness you were at before the
They will also be doing analysis of past performance to compare
against the previous training programmes and make adaptations to
suit the swimmers new programmes. Many of our coaches are
self-employed and do not have UIF medical aid and provident
funds. They also have families to look after. Please support them
during this time as a show of empathy, good will and solidarity.
Your child might be the next SA Champion or even an Olympian that
they could be working with!
Stay In Touch!
keen to hear what challenges our members are facing so that we can
work out how best to get help for you. We are working tirelessly on
this and would welcome additional suggestions which can be sent to
through your district chairperson or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let
us know the following:
- How the coronavirus is affecting you or
- The type of help you think would be most
next few weeks we will produce a weekly bulletin and include any
new resources we can source to support you. Please share any tips
around this topic using the hash tag #SaveOurSwimming on social
We are looking for volunteers who will
have time to drive these campaigns and would like to form small
task teams around each of the above and future strategies.
Please contact us if you have time available – We are sure everyone
will have time during the lock down and this could help reduce the
boredom and energise us to look at how we can use this threat/risk
towards our sustainability rather and as an opportunity to bring
innovation to the forefront of what we are doing in our industry.
Kings Park Pool Lights Are On!!
This is the
very moment where you know that everything will be okay. That
there is still some magic left in the world and it can be
found right here, right now.
How can one be sad when the light at the end of the tunnel is
right here at Kings Park!
If this doesn’t get you excited and feeling positive; we’re
not sure what will. Visit our Facebook page @kznaquatics and
see Kings Park Light up. Kings
Easy Aid For
for Corona BenefitsThis Easy-Aid for Corona Benefits scheme is
offered by the Department of Labour and is currently open for
funding applications. This scheme will benefit instances where
companies close for a short period of time as a pre-cautionary
measure. This benefit covers a contributor employed in any sector
who loses their income due to reduced working time despite still
being employed. The documentation required for this application is
a) UI 2.1 application form
b) Ul 19 and Ul 2.7 (to be completed by employer)
c) UI 2.8 (banking details of employee to be completed and
then stamped by employee bank)
d) Letter from the employer confirming company shutdown
or employee temporary lay-off is due to corona virus
e) Copy of employee ID
of this scheme is R 3,500 per employee.
An Easy-Aid Guide for employers is available from the website