Pool fiasco every swimming season

2016-11-09 06:01

THE article “Pools closed as lifeguards stay away” refers.

This fiasco clearly indicates how municipal managers fail to plan ahead. The employment of temporary staff, signing of contracts, etc., should have been undertaken in July or August, when these facilities are closed, in preparation for the new swimming season.

Every swimming season there is some sort of issue that leads to these facilities being closed.

The swimming pool manager, Thomas Roux, in the article, suggests that bathers utilise private swimming pools in the city. This insensitive suggestion clearly indicates just how out of touch the manager is.

To swim at the Virgin Active pools one has to be a member, the cost of which is just not feasible for senior citizens, who battle to make ends meet, and as for the unemployed, this is just not an option.

To swim at the G.C. Jolliffe pool in Pine Street, residents from the northern areas would have to take two taxis, which again is not affordable.

The Olympic swimming pool, which is the only facility provided to residents within the northern areas, is free on weekdays up until noon. This concession to senior citizens and the unemployed has seen this facility being well utilised in the mornings.

Unfortunately, complaints from ratepayers fall on deaf ears. For service delivery to improve, the municipality has to acknowledge complaints from ratepayers, which would be a means to gauge the level of service delivery.

U.E. RAWAT

Pietermaritzburg

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