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  • There has been a run on inflatable swimming pools as South Africans are banned from cooling off at beaches, rivers and in public pools.
  • Massmart – owner of Game and Makro – says demand outpaced supply.
  • Some retailers have now sold out.
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Retailers have been scrambling to keep up with an insatiable demand for inflatable swimming pools - this after South Africans were banned from cooling off at beaches during the peak summer season.

To curb the devastating second wave of Covid infections, government declared beaches in the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route out of bounds since 16 December, with those in KwaZulu-Natal closed on public holidays during the month. But since 29 December, all beaches – apart from the Northern Cape – were closed as part of the country’s return to an adjusted Level 3 of lockdown.

The ban also extends to dams, lakes, rivers, and public swimming pools.

This has triggered a significant increase in the demand for plastic and inflatable pools, says Massmart, which owns Game, Makro and Builders Warehouse.

Brian Leroni, Massmart’s senior vice president of group corporate affairs, says sales rose across the country.

Some retailers have now sold out of inflatable pools, with none currently in stock on the Game or Sportmans Warehouse websites. Depending on where in the country you live, there are also no inflatable pools available from Pick n Pay's online store, while Takealot and Makro still have a couple of options left.

“Demand did outpace supply,” Leroni admits. “We are currently re-stocking.”

Metal frame pools are easier to find than inflatables – but is much pricier, ranging from around R2,000 to almost R20,000.

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