City’s pools ‘ready to cool’

2016-09-01 12:43
Public swimming pools remained locked on Wednesday as the Msunduzi municipality finalised repairs in preparation for the start of the swimming season.

Public swimming pools remained locked on Wednesday as the Msunduzi municipality finalised repairs in preparation for the start of the swimming season. (Ian Carbutt)

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September 1 meant the start of the swimming season, but not all of Pietermaritzburg’s public pools will be open.

Although the Msunduzi Municipality has promised that six of its seven public pools will be open, others are not as optimistic.

After numerous issues with the municipal swimming pools during the last summer, Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said repairs had been completed where necessary.

Mafumbatha said the only swimming pool that will remain closed for the next few days is the Olympic swimming pool in Northdale, while the municipality refills the facility.

The Olympic swimming pool lost about 2,5 million litres of water in June after a recurring leak worsened and the pool emptied into the ground.

The pool remained untouched for most of the winter season. Jay Jugwanth of the Concerned Swimming Fraternity (CSF) said repairs began at the end of August. “The question we are asking is why the repairs only started to take place this week, when the municipality was notified of the problem months ago,” he said.

Jugwanth said repairs to the pool’s floor only began on Tuesday, and the municipality has since started to refill the facility.

Frustrated at the “lack of management skills” within the municipality, Jugwanth said the Olympic swimming pool “never opens on time at the start of the swimming season”.

He said he also did not expect the Eastwood and Sobantu pools to be operational from September 1, as there were leaks at both facilities that have not been repaired.

He said that if the Eastwood and Sobantu swimming pools opened, it would mean the municipality was “going against its water-saving measures”.

“If the pool is opened and the leak is not repaired, then the municipality will be losing water and continuously topping it up, which is wasteful,” he said.

But Mafumbatha was adamant that all swimming pools, aside from the Olympic pool, would be fully operational from September 1.

She said the newly refurbished Berg Street swimming pool remained in the same pristine condition it was in during the previous swimming season.

Repairs at the heated Buchanan Street swimming pool were completed, and the pool was fully operational during the winter season.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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