Pupils told to stay in the cool corridors as temperatures soar in PMB

2015-10-14 11:12
Melanie Black (left), Emily Wortmann and Erin Ueckermann prepare to test the temperatures reached inside a car on a hot summers day at the university.

Melanie Black (left), Emily Wortmann and Erin Ueckermann prepare to test the temperatures reached inside a car on a hot summers day at the university. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - Outdoor sports and activities were cancelled at most Pietermaritzburg schools on Tuesday after temperatures reached 37° Celsius. 

Maritzburg College deputy principal Keith Guise Brown said the school had cancelled all sports activities after monitoring the situation.

Deccan Road Primary School acting deputy principal Gary Ramlall said they had notified all children to carry water bottles daily to stay hydrated.

“We also cancelled all physical education lessons and children were not allowed on the grounds and were told to stay in the cool corridors,” he said.

Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie warned people to stay hydrated.

“We want to caution people to please stay well hydrated. Do not only drink water when you are thirsty; rather maintain hydration throughout the day,” he said.

McKenzie also warned people against leaving children and pets in their vehicles, for even short periods.

The Msunduzi Municipality said it had experienced no incidents of dehydration or heat stress among its workers.

“Supervisors from the different business units have advised that there were no incidents, but they did allow the workers to take breaks and drink plenty of water. We have three occupational health clinics in the municipality and no reports of heat stress have been reported to these clinics,” said acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda.

She added that safety officers monitored and gave advice on the safety of workers within the different business units. “Due to the extreme weather conditions, our department is closely monitoring the humiture and heat levels and advising the business units on what precautionary measures must be taken,” Madonda said.

South African Weather Bureau forecaster Aslam Sardiwalla predicted that today would be much cooler. “Minimum temperatures are 16° Celsius and the maximum will be 23° Celsius. We can expect cloudy conditions through the day and there is a 60% chance of afternoon thunder showers,” he said

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