Mayor Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
On behalf of the Council of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the Mayoral Committee and all residents, I extend my warmest welcome to all participants, their managers, the organisers, coaches and supports who have descended on the beautiful Bay to participate in the 2019 South African Lifesaving Championships.
We fully recognise the importance of this event, not only to the lifesavers themselves, but also to all South African communities, families and kids who use the sea and water for recreational and professional purposes. No doubt the strict training regime and prospect of these Championships has inspired many lifesavers all over the country to further hone their skills and lift their standards – to the benefit of the nation.
Visiting sportsmen and -women always remark on our wonderful weather (Nelson Mandela Bay is said to have the fourth-best coastal climate in the world!). Our residents are accustomed to temperate champagne-type weather, and the temperature of our sea encourages swimming for many months of the year.
National Championships of the stature of this one requires precision, planning and organisation. I am happy to state that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will provide logistical and other support to Lifesaving SA to deliver very successful Championships.
With a very strong field, and organisation running like a well-oiled machine, the Bay is set for a dynamic and exciting event.
I trust that our visiting lifesavers, support teams and spectators will thoroughly enjoy their brief stay in Nelson Mandela Bay and that they will find time to undertake some sight-seeing among our beautiful historic old buildings and many other attractions.
May you reach your best performance and may the months of preparation and hard work pay off!
Welcome in Nelson Mandela Bay once again!