Taxpayers’ money used for pool reopening

2016-02-03 06:00

RECENTLY the city found money for a pompous ceremony to hurriedly “officially” reopen the Berg Street swimming baths.

This reopening was as a result of council’s negligence to maintain the historic pool. The laxity and incompetence cost ratepayers R2.5 million.

In recent weeks, the Olympic pool in Northdale has been plagued by service delivery challenges to which the authorities remain numb.

The nylon rope used to manually pull the vacuum cleaner that sweeps the pool floor was frayed and pieces of nylon roped threatened the water filtration system.

Fed up, the Concerned Swimming Fraternity’s Farouk Hansa replaced the rope at a minimal cost of R300. Hansa’s gesture is appreciated and not the emphasis.

We question the city’s priorities - political posturing should never be funded by ratepayers.

The non-racial sports struggle history, especially that of the historic Berg Street baths can never be falsely laid claim to by opportunists. In the eighties and nineties the voices that now hog Sacos’s struggle were never heard. Shame on them.

Yours in safe swimming.
Jay Jugwanth
Concerned Swimming Fraternity

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