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Drowning of two students at The Venue Country Hotel and Spa, North West

1 December 2021

Orion Hotels & Resorts (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
Media Holding Statement – 1 December 2021

Drowning of two students at The Venue Country Hotel and Spa, North West

We are deeply saddened to confirm that on Tuesday, 30 November 2021, two bodies were discovered in the swimming pool at our hotel premises. An employee at the hotel came across the bodies and hotel management immediately alerted security, emergency services, and the police. All attempts were made to resuscitate both individuals but sadly they had already passed away.

The students, facilitators, and hotel employees who were at the scene of the incident are currently receiving counseling.

The two individuals, both adult students from a local college were staying at the hotel as they were attending a conference hosted by the college. The group attended dinner earlier in the evening and thereafter enjoyed leisure time, during which the two respective individuals decided to go swimming. Fellow students were aware of the individuals swimming.

It has been confirmed that no noise or alarming sounds came from the pool while the two individuals were there. The actual facts concerning how the drowning occurred are still under investigation.

We are deeply saddened by this startling incident and are working closely with all relevant authorities as further investigations follow. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and all those affected by this tragedy.

Our own internal investigation is also underway.

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Orion Hotels & Resorts (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd Spokesperson: Dr. Antoinette Gmeiner