The Eastern Province Amateur Swimming Association (EPASA) was founded in Port Elizabeth in 1898 sometime before the South African Amateur Swimming Union (SAASU). The main centres of the province were Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, and Redhouse on the Swartkops river. The main facilities of the province included the 1937 built 50 yard St Georges Baths (venue for the 1954 nationals) and a 50m pool in Newton Park built to replace the earlier McArthurs Baths sea water pool at Kings Beach, while Uitenhage boasts a 50m municipal pool (see http://swimhistory.org/articles/provinces/epasa for more).
|Over the years name changes occurred and until the end of the 2013/2014 season, the Federation was known as Eastern Province Aquatics (EPA). At the 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Federation, Eastern Province Aquatics was officially renamed Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) as we aligned ourselves with government’s requirements that we operate within the geopolitical boundaries of the Eastern Cape Province. Together with EPA, Border Aquatics also made the change and are now known as Buffalo City Aquatics (BCA).|
Within the Eastern Cape there are 8 geopolitical districts as follows; Cacadu (Grahamstown), Amathole (East London), Chris Hani (Queenstown), Ukhahalamba (Aliwal North), OR Thambo (Mthatha), Alfred Nzo (Mount Ayliff), Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (Port Elizabeth) and Buffalo City Metro (East London).
Government require that each of these districts run as separate Federations like NMBA and BCA with their own Constitutions, Executive Committees and Boards. As this is not practically possible at the moment, NMBA and ECA act as 'parent' bodies to the other districts until such time that the other Federations are set up. Realistically this may take a number of years.
All 8 Federations are affiliated to and controlled by Eastern Cape Aquatics (ECA), a recently Constituted provincial body provisionally made up of members from NMBA and BCA and affiliated to Swimming South Africa. Our own NMBA President Tony Stottelaar is also the President of ECA and Lorraine Deasy is one of the Vice-Presidents. Also serving on the ECA Executive Committee from NMBA are Liz de Vry and Gary Lockett. They are joined by Stephen Haswell who was co-opted under the PR & Marketing portfolio.