CT youth ride waves of change as newly qualified lifeguards

Some of the 20 beneficiaries of the programme are now employed by the metro at Muizenberg and Fish Hoek beaches this festive season.

A lifeguard keeps watch over swimmers on Monwabisi beach near Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Youth empowerment programme Waves for Change has seen nearly 20 young people from Cape Town townships qualify as lifeguards this year.

Some of them are now employed by the metro at Muizenberg and Fish Hoek beaches this festive season.

The organisation’s Apish Tshetsha, who is in charge of sourcing candidates, says the initiative aims to develop skills and a sense of responsibility.

Tshetsha says although the candidates receive the training for free they must remain committed to the schedule.

“Eighteen of them qualified as lifeguards and some of them are working from November until April.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)