Swimming pools to stay closed

2010-09-01 00:00

THE community of Pietermaritzburg is really going to feel the scotching heat following a decision to delay the opening of the swimming pools to October.

Administrator Johan Mettler revealed this during the full council meeting at City Hall yesterday.

He said: “The community of Pietermaritzburg is now going to feel the impact of corruption as service delivery has been severely affected.”

He said the municipality was forced to implement the decision to delay the opening of the swimming pools because of financial constraints that have ruined the functioning and reputation of uMsunduzi Municipality.

Mettler told councillors that for the municipality to open the swimming pools, it will need R300 000 per month.“Currently we are working on collecting outstanding debt from government department as well as the private sector because the municipality has very limited financial resources to deal with matters,” he said.

“Even when we open the swimming pools in October, we will still not be able to afford opening all seven swimming pools because there is no money to pay for that.”

Due to financial woes within the municipality even newspaper subscriptions have been cancelled.

The cleaning of municipal buildings — once outsourced — is now to be undertaken by waste management.

However, Mettler said: “Since we have contracts with the cleaning company they are still going to serve the municipality, but we are slowly going to phase them out.”

The Witness reported yesterday about the meeting of the Executive Committee (Exco) where the officials discussed an option to outsource the swimming pools.

One of findings by the Internal Audit was that there was poor management of swimming pools. Issues picked up included insufficient lifeguards at pools; the use of chlorine gas in pools by unqualified staff, who are unmonitored and unsupervised; and lack of control measures, which has led to poor revenue collection.

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