Municipality on track

2013-08-28 00:00

FOR the first time in at least three years, Msunduzi Municipality’s public swimming pools are expected to open on time this year. Six of the seven municipal pools will be opening this Sunday.

The seventh, the historic Berg Street pool, will remain shut as no funds were available for its refurbishment in the 2013/14 financial year. However, all is not necessarily lost, as the municipality has applied for funding from the national Department of Sport for the revamp of the vandalised pool. It is awaiting a response.

Chairperson of the Community Services Portfolio Committee Manilal Inderjit said funds had also been sought to build a new swimming pool in the Edendale area. “We have not decided on the exact location at this stage. It could be in Imbali, Edendale or Vulindlela.”

The city pools have opened late for at least the last three seasons. Last year, they opened a month late.

Municipal manager Mxolizi Nkosi said at the time the fault lay with tardy staff members who did not bother to procure funds for repairs and maintenance early enough.

This time round applications have been made early enough. A report from Thomas Roux, manager for sports and recreation. indicated that all the repairs were completed in July with a repair at the Woodlands pool expected to be completed by week’s end.

Roux’s report highlighted the underfunding of recreational facilities in the past. He said the ageing infrastructure, the lack of capital funding and the financial situation at the municipality had prevented his unit from keeping up with maintenance work required on the pools.

The current sweltering heat is not expected to last until Sunday and temperatures will start dropping by Friday.

On Sunday — pool opening day — the temperature is expected to be in the lower twenties, which will be good enough for the brave as well as die-hard swimming enthusiasts. The pools that will be opening include the Alexandra Baths, the Olympic pool in Newholmes, as well as the Sobantu, Woodlands and Eastwood pools.

The heated Buchanan Baths in the city centre remains open all year.

Parks and swimming pools finally getting attention

AFTER years of being the stepchild of development in the city, parks and

swimming pools are finally getting attention.

The Msunduzi Municipality has developed a R23 million business plan to upgrade the historic Alexandra Park precinct, revamp the Berg Street Baths and build a new swimming pool in the Edendale/Imbali area. The plan is being used to apply for funding from national government as well as other funding bodies.

The Alexandra Park project will involve upgrading the Percy Taylor rockery, re-landscaping the mayor’s garden and revamping the children’s play area.

The plan proposes turning the Alexandra Baths into a heated pool.

Lighting will be improved so that the park can stay open during the night, fencing and toilet facilities will be upgraded and there will be increased security.

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