At about 10h00 on the morning of the 25 November 2013, a little boy aged approximately 4 years named Ryno Kaizer who resides at 11186 Bossiesgif, drowned in one of the municipal settling ponds at Ganzevallei Sewer Works.
Information obtained on site from the police indicates that the little boy and three of his friends had followed a cattle herder, Mr.Sipho Mbhesi onto the premises. Whilst walking past the settling dams, the children requested that they be allowed to go and drink water from the municipal tap at the pump station.
The herder indicated that when the boys took too long to return, he turned around and saw them standing on the banks of the dam. He then walked to the dams to investigate and found that the one little boy had fallen into the water and was floating face down in the dam.
He then climbed into the dam and pulled the child from the water and tried to resuscitate him.
He was however unsuccessful and left the body under a tree in the shade and summoned the police for assistance.
On investigation, it was found that the Bossiesgif gates to the area were open and this was where the cattle, the herder and children had entered.
It would appear that the locks and chains are regularly removed to gain entry to the area for cattle to graze.
The incident was reported to the Acting Municipal Manager – Mr.F.Lotter, and will be reported to the Chief Director – Department of Labour as required in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.Last published 30 March 2016