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City reviews the highs and lows of its summer campaign<p>‘Keeping children occupied during the school holiday is no easy task and our officials have been working right through the peak festive season to make sure our facilities remain open and are well-staffed for families and their young ones. I would like to express my gratitude to our lifeguards and the many officials who worked tirelessly over the festive period. Your efforts are appreciated. The hundreds of programmes ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season. Sadly, we have also suffered loss of life due to fatal drownings over this period. We extend our condolences to the grieving families,’ said Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato.</p><span><p>‘The death of an 8-year-old boy at our Langa swimming pool just a day before the new school year is extremely tragic and a reminder that vigilance is required at all times,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p></span><p>‘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. I appeal to parents and children to be extremely cautious. Our facilities are meant to provide a reprieve from the summer heat, and we want everyone to enjoy them, and to do so safely.’</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1146px;" /> </figure><p>​​The incident in Langa brings to 14 the number of fatal drownings that have been recorded by the City’s Recreation and Parks Department this season – 13 in the ocean and one at a swimming pool. </p></span><p>There have also been 51 non-fatal drowning incidents, which is defined as incidents where a person experiences respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid but survives.</p><p>Of the fatal drowning incidents, 85% of victims were male and the majority were teenagers. </p><p>In terms of non-fatal incidents, 72.5% were male and children under the age of 12 accounted for nearly 35% of all victims. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>​​Lifeguards were also called on to conduct a number of mass rescues, including one in Clovelly on Reconciliation Day where six members of a Goodwood family were saved from a rip current.</p></span><p>Raygaan Jantjies, who was the most critical patient and was taken to hospital, expressed his gratitude to the lifeguards and bystanders who assisted.</p><p>'They risked their lives to save complete strangers without a second thought. Their selflessness is admirable and appreciated. I love the waves and our family loves the beach, but this experience has shown us that there is much to learn about safety,' said Mr Jantjies.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>​​One of the lifeguards involved in the rescue, Sonwabo Magqazolo from Khayelitsha, is a 16-year veteran who is no stranger to saving lives.</p></span><p>'We are proud that we could save this family. It makes our job meaningful. We urge all beachgoers to take note of signage at the beach which has important information on where rip currents occur and the safest place to swim. It’s important that the public swim only in designated bathing areas, where lifeguards are on duty,' said Sonwabo.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span><ul><li>The Identikidz programme has tagged 30% more children than the previous season. A total of 138 603 children were registered and issued with an identification armband, which resulted in 332 being reunited with their parents or care givers. </li><li>Nearly 6 000 children attended 177 library holiday programmes across the city – a highlight was the 207 attendees at a play about the effects of gangsterism and drugs at the Scottsdene Library.</li><li>The City’s Recreation and Parks Department ran 1 791 holiday programmes and in total, there were 18 816 participants involved in sports, arts and crafts, dance classes and outdoor adventures across the city.</li><li>Holiday programme highlights included the Sea Point programme at Rocklands Beach and Lighthouse Park, a talent show, swimming gala, karate demonstration and safety awareness by the Metro Police Dog and Equestrian Unit at Bonteheuwel Community Centre.</li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-01-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#ef3b9290-4059-4d92-ab4d-fb4f550c9a51;L0|#0ef3b9290-4059-4d92-ab4d-fb4f550c9a51|Recreation and Parks Department;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a468e10c-b7b3-4882-9c7a-af9e2085c13b;L0|#0a468e10c-b7b3-4882-9c7a-af9e2085c13b|Community services;GP0|#5fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab;L0|#05fb0fd45-1240-41c9-aaeb-627cbd4a11ab|Health1


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