'Owner of Nyati Bush and Riverbreak venue should have done a risk assessment'

The tragic death of Enoch Mpianzi at an orientation camp in the North West has sparked a debate about issues of safety at school outing or events.

The 13-year-old boy drowned at an orientation camp organised by his school Parktown Boys' High last week at Nyati Bush and Riverbreak.

Advanced life support paramedic Simon Andrew says at any event planning, management and enforcement of safety must be implemented by people experienced in that field.

He tells Joanne Joseph that the owner of the lodge should have assessed the place first.

The owner of the venue should have done a risk assessment to know what the risks are, that is the basic business requirement and it is supposed to be updated every two years.

Simon Andrew, Advanced life support paramedic 

That would be a bad business practice if it has not been done and that would open you up to other potential legalities.

Simon Andrew, Advanced life support paramedic 

Andrew says when schools have sports tournaments, it is possible not to have an ambulance on site.

For rugby, there should be a life advanced paramedic on the side of the field but we don't have enough advanced paramedics to deal with day-to-day activities.

Simon Andrew , Advanced life support paramedic 

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