Swimming pool dedicated to young ones

2016-01-13 06:00
The condition of Berg Street Swimming Pool in 2011. PHOTOS: FILE

The condition of Berg Street Swimming Pool in 2011. PHOTOS: FILE

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THE historic Berg Street swimming pool was officially opened recently by the man who was instrumental in the building of it 50 years ago.

Haniff Bhamjee said he was delighted to see the revamped pool reopened to the public - a vision he had when a teenager in the Indian Youth League.

“In 1961 when three brothers drowned in the Dorpspruit River, we knew we needed a proper swimming facility. We organised a petition that more than 3 000 children signed and handed it over to the council. I remember calling every week to find out when our pool would be ready.”

Bhamjee, now living in Wales, said the pool finally opened in 1965 and stands as an icon of the struggle.

“Although there were many problems and allegations in the media surrounding this pool, that was the past and now the pool is here for everyone.”

In a gathering at the Berg Street swimming pool, Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela, uMgu­ngundlovu District mayor Yusuf Bhamjee and council members cut the ribbon to the revamped swimming pool.

Ndlela said that he was happy to see the pool in the condition it is in now and dedicated the pool to the youth.

“To the young ones, this is for you. And with the recent heatwaves we are experiencing this pool will serve as a great relief,” said Ndlela.

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