Makana Municiplaity blames for boy's death

A young boy from Makhanda in Eastern Cape fell into a hole and drowned.

TRAGEDY: Two SRC students DROWN at retreat in Potchefstroom

For now, the circumstances surrounding the two SRC students’ drownings remain unclear, but an investigation is underway

Makana Municiplaity blames for boy's death

A young boy from Makhanda in Eastern Cape fell into a hole and drowned.

A retreat for SRC members ended in absolute tragedy just recently! The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has confirmed that two SRC members sadly drowned when they went they went swimming at the pool of their hotel in Potchefstroom on Tueasday, 30 November 2021.

“The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, passes his heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and the entire Orbit TVET College, following the drowning of two student during an SRC Strategic retreat at Country Venue Hotel in Potchefstroom,” the DHET’s spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said in a statement on Saturday morning, 4 December 2021.

According to the DHET, the two students – Madgeline Manyama, PRO Officer at Mankwe Campus and an Electrical Infrastructure and Construction level 3 student, and KG Melamu, SRC Sport and Recreation officer at Rustenburg Campus and an Office Administration Level 4 student, were both declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Investigation launched into drownings

For now, there is not much detail on the circumstances surrounding how the student leaders drowned, including whether they were together when they died or if the incidents just followed each other. Blade Nzimande has, in the meantime, called on the relevant law enforcement agencies to work around the clock and determine what exactly transpired during the drownings.

“I am also pleased that the College management undertook to give its full support and co-operation to the investigators to determine the exact cause of this incident,”

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

The department further says that the minister has also directed Higher Health to give the necessary support and comfort to fellow SRC members, many who have probably been left traumatised as a result of the incident. Much support has also been extended to the families and the college staff and students who have been affected by the unfortunate incident.