Pink Buoys at Table Mountain Dams


If You’re Going To Break The Rules – Do It Safely

Did you know there are at least 5 dams at the top of Table Mountain?

The first one was built as early as 1890 as the demand for water in Cape Town increased.

The water in these dams is untreated, so swimming in them is illegal. But as any teenager will tell you, rules are more of a suggestion than a demand.

Which means that, on a beautiful summer day in Cape Town, you’ll find people swimming in these dams. The downside to this is that safety is a concern. Because people aren’t supposed to swim in these dams, there used to be little to no drowning prevention measures at these dams.

Unfortunately, this lack of safety equipment resulted in a lost life at Silvermine Dam at the end of 2021. Things may have been different if there had been drowning prevention equipment at the dam.


13 More Places To Swim Safely

Something as simple as a rescue buoy is all it takes to rescue someone having difficulty in a body of water.

A rescue buoy like the one Sloom sponsored at a dam at the top of Table Mountain. We made an event of the first 5 buoys we sponsored when we stationed them at popular swimming spots and beaches around our beautiful city which you can read about here

This collaboration with the NSRI has helped keep people safe while they cool off. It’s been such a success that Sloom and the NSRI have extended our partnership to roll out more rescue buoys at dams, lakes, and beaches on the Table Mountain National Park.

Our most recent partnership resulted in 13 buoys being installed on the top of Table Mountain to keep everyone safe while cooling off on one of our most famous landmarks.

8 Volunteers from Sloom and the NSRI were led by Andrew Ingram and a Table Mountain National Park ranger to install 13 buoys at the various dams.


Why Pink?

The buoys are bright pink so you can’t miss them. This serves two purposes.

First – when you need a rescue buoy, you need to know where it is – fast. Having a bright pink buoy attached to a pole next to a dam at the top of Table Mountain makes them easy to see.

Two – awareness. Seeing the rescue buoy reminds people to put safety first when they decide to swim in these dams. The contact information for the NSRI is also displayed on these poles.

Which brings us to the next point: we ask the hiking community to look out for one another while you’re up there. If you see an NSRI pole without a buoy, let them know. If you see someone walking around casually with a buoy, say something.

While we don’t promote swimming in these restricted dams, we encourage you to keep an eye out for these buoys. And if you see others swimming, let them know that there’s a rescue buoy nearby with contact details for the NSRI in case they need it.

You never know, you could help in saving a life.


Get Involved

This project was funded by last year’s demo sale, so a big THANK YOU from us to you for all the support. Together, we’re making Cape Town safer.

Our next project is in partnership with Reach For A Dream, so keep an eye out for what we’re up to next.

If you’d like to help fund our next project, you can do so by buying a mattress from Dream-On.

This is where we sell demo Sloom mattresses or mattresses that have been returned within the 100-day period. 100% of the proceeds from Dream-On go to a good cause.

You can get a hardly used Sloom mattress, at a huge discount, while helping us make the world a better place.

These are just two of the ways that Sloom, and Dream-On, are helping you sleep better.


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