Mathutwana Portia Mokoena

Metmok Pty Ltd

What does your company do?

We make swimming lessons accessible and affordable to a wide range of customers and educational centres. We primarily focus on learn to swim teaching methods, this is an introduction into water safety and learning strokes. We also offer aqua aerobics classes mainly catered to encourage adults to stay and keep active.

What is your biggest success?

When we started we had 5 swimmers enrolled. 1 of our biggest achievement to date is we are currently have 44 swimmers enrolled. Our Director in March 2024 became the 1st black woman to swim from Robben Island to Cape Town to help create diversity in aquatics and encourage more people of colour to enjoy our waters. We have also partnered with 3 Nursery schools in our nearby disadvantaged areas and offer free water safety workshops.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Our current infrastructure does not allow for growth to accommodate more classes and swimmers. Our pool size is small and no change room facilities. Our pool is outdoor and we can only operate seasonally. Load shedding is not helpful to keep our waters clean.