Ryk Neethling and Princess Charlene vow to reduce drowning in SA

Olympic gold medalist, Ryk Neethling is the new CEO of Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa.

Neethling speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about his new position, his relationship with the Princess and plans for the foundation.

The Foundation aims to reduce drowning by raising public awareness about the dangers of water - teaching children preventive measures, and teaching them how to swim.

I've known the princess for about 23 years. We started swimming together on international teams every year. She has a passion for water and water safety.

Ryk Neethling, CEO of Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa

I think our passion and our interests are aligned and our goal is to get many people water safe as possible.

Ryk Neethling, CEO of Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa

He says drowning is the second leading cause of deaths in South Africa after car accidents and many victims who survive have brain damage.

When I was 5 years old I almost drowned and that's how I started my international swimming career.

Ryk Neethling, CEO of Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa

We going out there to raise awareness, we are going to teach as many kids and people how to be water safe and hopefully have a lot of fun while doing it.

Ryk Neethling, CEO of Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa

He explains that the foundation has signed an agreement with Lifesaving South Africa,

They have thousands of volunteers that help with the lifesaving.

Ryk Neethling, CEO of Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa

The foundation has agreements with numerous schools and municipalities to use their pools for training.

Listen to the rest of the interview below:

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