Johannesburg - Joburg residents will not be required to register their swimming pools, as announced earlier this year by the City of Joburg.
However, they will have to submit plans and make an application if they build new pools, and the council says it will “shortly announce the mandatory process for swimming pool plans or applications”.
As a result of public pressure following a series of public participation meetings with residents, the city has decided to withdraw the proposed by-laws because of costs and concerns about the capacity to enforce the by-laws.
In January, the city announced that all pool owners, would be forced - for the safety of children and non-swimmers - to register their pools and have fences, set to certain specifications, built around them.
The city on Friday considered a report from the committee on public safety, recommending that the draft by-laws be withdrawn. “This decision was taken after the committee had analysed stakeholder submissions, as well as feedback from public hearings held between February and March,” said city spokesman Nthatisi Modingoane.