Fence breaks safety

2016-10-18 06:00
Calls have been made to fix the fence at a retention dam in Mountain View as the community fears for the safety of children in the area.

Calls have been made to fix the fence at a retention dam in Mountain View as the community fears for the safety of children in the area.

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After a near drowning last year, calls have been made to fix a fence around a retention pond in Mountain View.

The community is concerned that children may play in the water, with access available via the damaged fence, explains the Ocean View Care Centre’s Johan Kikillus.

This after a near drowning reportedly took place at the site during an incident last year, he says.

The retention ponds are part of the Mountain View housing development.

The fences were built by as part of the development contract, but was taken over by the City as part of its responsibility to maintain the stormwater management systems, explains the Care Centre’s Marti Weddepohl.

Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport, says City of Cape Town officials will investigate the damage. “The dam stores rainwater whilst simultaneously allowing a predetermined outflow in order to reduce flood risks downstream of the dam. The dam counts among two facilities and is part of the overall stormwater management system for the Mountain View area. Both dams are designed as permanent water bodies with a water depth of approximately one metre,” he explains.

No incidents of near drowning have been reported to the City, Herron says.

In the meantime, warning signs have been installed by the City. The damage will be assessed and scheduled to be repaired, he adds.

“It should be noted that the retention pond and the fenced area surrounding it is off-limits to the public.”

V Residents are requested to report any damage to the fence surrounding this pond or blockages on the stormwater system to the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.

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