- Feb 24, 2016
Parents and children have been urged to be cautious when swimming to cool off during the heatwave in Cape Town after 14 people drowned over the festive season.
A total of 13 people drowned at sea during that period and one in a swimming pool.
There were also 51 "non-fatal" incidents in which people suffered respiratory impairment after they were submerged.
"While the festive season has now wrapped up, the reality is that we are in the midst of a heatwave, which means that numbers at our swimming pools are likely to increase in the afternoons when school lets out," said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health Zahid Badroodien.
Parents and children are urged to be cautious when swimming to cool off during the heatwave in Cape Town, after 14 people drowned over the festive season.