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South African Schools Act, 1996 (Act No. 84 of 1996)


Regulations for Safety Measures at Public Schools

8E. Physical activities


(1) No learner may be allowed to participate in physical activities, including sports, games or gymnastics, if—
(a) the principal has reason to believe that such activity will be detrimental to the learner’s health; or
(b) the parent has provided a medical certificate that prevents the learner from participating in such activity.


(2) The principal must ensure that learners are informed about the dangers of, and safety measures regarding, water.


(3) The safety measures regarding water contemplated in subregulation (2) apply to any swimming or water sports activities at—
(a) a swimming pool;
(b) a river;
(c) a dam; or
(d) the ocean.


(4) The principal must ensure that learners are supervised during all swimming activities, during visits to the sea, rivers and dams, and when they are taking part in water sports.


(5) If a public school has a swimming pool, the principal must ensure that notices regarding safety measures are displayed around the swimming pool.