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Solly the Hippo - Lessons Learned?

August 25th, 2012

The recent sad passing of Solly the Hippo made headlines around the world.

“A young hippopotamus that has been stuck in a swimming pool at the Monate Conservation Lodge in Limpopo since Tuesday has died during a rescue attempt,…” News24

“Wildlife rescue expert Simon Prinsloo told AP the young hippo had died even though water was being poured on the animal to keep it hydrated.” BBC

“A veterinarian who was hired to tranquilise the animal arrived at the scene nearly four hours late, and couldn’t save him.” EWN

What “started out as a happy story” is now “a tragic story.”

What lessons should we take home from this incident?

Swimming Pool Safety:
Every year millions of animals die from drowning in swimming pools around the world. Children though are also very vulnerable and every year we read the sad news headlines of children that have drowned.

The death of Solly the Hippo, highlights a few very important lessons.

  1. Swimming pools should always have steps
    “Correspondents say … the pool, … had no steps.” BBC
  2. There should also always be fences around swimming pools
    Looking at photo’s of the incident, there seems to be no adequate fence around the pool.

Solly the Hippo

Picture via: @karynmaughan

Legally ever privately owned swimming pool needs to be well fenced. SANS 1390:2005

According to the
NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS AND BUILDING STANDARDS ACT NO. 103 OF 1977

Subsection “D4 SWIMMING POOLS AND SWIMMING BATHS

(1) The owner of any site which contains a swimming pool shall ensure that access to such swimming pool is controlled. (2) Any owner who fails to comply with the requirement of sub-regulation 1 shall be guilty of an offence.”

Sadly many swimming pools around the world fail to abide by these laws and as a result millions of innocent animal and human lives are lost. If anything, I feel the sad passing of Solly the Hippo should be used not to finger point but rather to highlight the importance of swimming pool safety and improve were we are clearly slipping up. Lets hope that Solly’s case can be used to improve swimming pool safety.

Samsung Africa Forum heads to Cape Town

March 20th, 2012

The Samsung Africa forum, now in it’s 3rd year is heading to Cape Town.

1300 delegates from around the African continent will be in Cape Town for this extravaganza. Be sure to follow the show live on twitter using hashtag #SamsungAfricaForum

The Samsung Africa Forum 2012 is one of the largest and most comprehensive product showcases in Africa and is not to be missed. On Sunday the 25th of March, Capetonians will be able to gain free access to Samsung Connect Cape Town hosted at the CTICC, the event will expose you to the future of technology innovation in an uniquely entertaining way.

I will be live tweeting from the media event on 22 March.

Feel Free to follow my tweets and ask questions.