Private swimming pools by-laws

By Johan Jacobs 

The City of Johannesburg has published the fourth draft Safety Measures for Private Swimming Pools By-laws for public comment. The by-laws have been in the pipeline for a few years and the current fourth draft is the result of a lengthy public participation process, spearheaded by the City of Johannesburg’s legal department and the Emergency Management Services. The public participation process for the fourth draft started in January of 2014 and submission for comments closed at the end of March 2014.

The by-laws propose to introduce safety measures around or over private swimming pools to prevent accidental injury or the drowning of any person on the premises on which a swimming pool is situated.

People who will be compelled to comply with the by-laws are registered owners of freestanding homes on whose property a swimming pool is situated. In a sectional title scheme, the body corporate will have to comply with the by-laws in relation to a swimming pool situated on common property and, prior to the establishment of a body corporate, the developer of the sectional title scheme will have to comply with the by-laws. If a registered owner of a unit in a sectional title scheme has a right to an exclusive use area that has a swimming pool, then that registered owner will have to comply…

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