The SABS is in the final stages of updating rules for private swimming pools, because kids are still drowning. The latest standard says that a fence around a swimming pool is not enough; every pool should also have a safety net or cover.
Every private swimming pool that can hold more than 30cm of water should be surrounded not only by a kid-proof fence, but should also be fitted with a safety net or a safety cover to prevent children drowning, according to a draft update from SABS.
Such a net or cover cannot be DIY installed but must be fitted by an “accredited responsible party”, according to the standard. The requirements form part of SANS 10134, a SABS standard last updated in 2008. Other changes include a requirement for self-closing gates in fences or walls around swimming pools, and a new obligation on renters or other non-owners to keep completely empty any unsafe pools.