More than 10 drown and 7 missing in Limpopo floods

Flooding in Limpopo has claimed the lives of 10 people and seven others are missing, according to police. A search operation was underway for the seven missing people, who were swept away by bursting rivers and streams since the advent of tropical Cyclone Eloise that hit Mozambique in January, provincial spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said. […]

CT beachgoers warned after 2 teen boys and man drown

Two teenage boys and a man have drowned in separate incidents in Cape Town this week. The man’s body was recovered at a beach, while two other drowning incidents were reported at different beaches on Friday. According to the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), the man’s body was found at around 11:00 on Friday at […]

3 sangomas drown during initiation ceremony in river

Three sangomas drowned during a weekend initiation ceremony in the Mbokodweni River in the Folweni area, south of Durban. Metro police spokesperson senior superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said members from metro police search and rescue together with SAPS search and rescue were called to the scene where two women and a man had drowned on Saturday. […]

Sisters drown at Jukskei River during traditional ceremony

Two Johannesburg women will have to explain to the police how two other women drowned during a traditional ritual in the Jukskei River on Saturday morning. Police spokesperson Mavela Masondo says the deceased were sisters. It is alleged that the deceased were performing rituals with two traditional doctors at the river when they drowned. “We […]

Four people drown in South Africa every day

Four people drown in South Africa every day – a major concern for lifesaving organisations – according to the latest Commonwealth drowning report. The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Commonwealth drowning report was released last month and explored the challenges of drowning worldwide. According to the report, there were 1439 drownings in South Africa in […]

Teenage girls drown in a dam while doing laundry

Two girls, aged 15 and 18 have drowned in a dam at Mganduzweni Trust in Masoyi near White River, Mpumalanga. The incident occurred on Friday, 12 June 2020. According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province, the two girls, who are cousins, were with their friends when they went to the dam […]

Siblings and relative drown in Limpopo dam

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba has cautioned community members to look after their children following the drowning. Three children have drowned at Maunatlala Village, near Tzaneen, police say. The incident took place on Friday afternoon, when an 8-year-old girl, her 5-year-old brother and a relative – also aged 5 – went swimming with other […]

Enoch Mpianzi not the first child to drown at Nyati Bush Breaks lodge – report

A Grade 12 pupil reportedly died during a similar water activity in the same river. The death of 13-year-old Parktown Boys pupil Enoch Mpianzi in a drowning incident on Wednesday was not the first time a schoolchild has drowned at the Nyati Bush and River Break lodge, an EWN report has revealed. Two sources told […]