6 Jul 2017, Pretoria: At approximately 15h50 on Thursday afternoon 06 July 2017, Netcare 911 responded to reports that several people had been stung by bees at a shopping centre in West Street, Pretoria North.
Reports from the scene indicate that a large branch was being removed from a tree with a power saw when the incident occurred.
Prior to the paramedics arrival, the scene was said to be a little chaotic with some people running around, some being dragged away from the swarm by brave bystanders and others spraying the swarming bees with a fire extinguisher.
Paramedics assessed approximately 10 people who had been stung including two woman who got out of their car to help and elderly woman who at that time was the focus of the bees attention.
All of these people were in a stable condition and refused further medical assistance.
However an eleven year old boy who has a medical condition and is allergic to bee stings was not as fortunate, he was stung multiple times and required medical intervention.
Advanced Life Support paramedics treated him at a safe distance from the location of the initial attack and carefully removed multiple stings from his head and several from his neck.
They removed approximately 13 stings and transported him to hospital for further medical care and monitoring. His condition was serious but stable.
The attached pictures show some of the swarm around a nearby pole and a jacket with bee stings.