Two boys drown in Limpopo dam

The bodies of the boys aged six and eight were discovered on Wednesday in Phalaborwa.

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JOHANNESBURG - As the heatwave continues to grip parts of the country, police have confirmed two young boys have drowned while trying to swim in a local dam in Limpopo.

The bodies of the boys aged six and eight were discovered on Wednesday in Phalaborwa. The pair's friends alerted the community after the tragedy.

The police's Lucy Sekgotodi says, "Because of the heat, I think that is the cause of a lot of drowning that is happening because when children are playing in the bushes, when they see the water, they think of swimming and that maybe they can be cooled."

Meanwhile, Gauteng residents have been urged to take the necessary precautions and remain hydrated during the current heatwave.

The South African Weather Service has warned the situation will worsen today and tomorrow, with temperatures expected to peak at around 37°C in the province with very little rainfall.

It says the extremely hot weather conditions in Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North West, are expected to last until at least Sunday.

Forecaster Edwin Thema says, "Stay indoors in well ventilated or air-conditioned rooms, if you've that privilege. If working outside, wear protective clothes and take breaks at regular intervals. Avoid playing excessive sport and doing hard labour."