Swimming pool launch at Mthethomusha

2018-10-10 06:05
At the official opening of the swimming pool (from left) school principal Gumede, Ward councillor Xolani Ngongoma and Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo. PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

At the official opening of the swimming pool (from left) school principal Gumede, Ward councillor Xolani Ngongoma and Msunduzi Mayor Themba Njilo. PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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MTHETHOMUSHA Primary School in Edendale made history when it became the first school in Greater Edendale to have a swimming pool.

The swimming pool was officially opened last Friday and it came as a donation from the Themba Njilo Foundation before Njilo became Msunduzi mayor.

Njilo said he is so excited that his dream came true. He said the project had cost about R380 000.

“This is a big day for me. It is something that I have always wanted to do for our black schools. The drowning of pupils while trying to swim motivated this so that children will have now have swimming lessons.

“We also want our children to learn swimming as a sport especially because we have Salga Games in Pietermaritzburg.

“This is not the end as I have already chosen another school and I will do the same for them, but I will reveal the name of the school in good time. Now it is up to the Department of Education to hire someone professional to teach these children how to swim,” he said.

He also thanked all business people who contributed to the project.

School principal, Mr Gumede thanked Njilo saying that he has put their school on the map.

“We have made history to become the first school in Greater Edendale with a swimming pool, others can now follow but the history will remain. This will help a lot in sport and in curriculum because swimming will now be included in it.

“We hope that the community of Machibisa will take care of this swimming pool because it does not only belong to the school but it belongs to the whole community,” said Gumede.

Ward councillor Xolani Ngongoma said he is very proud that the school comes from his ward.

“I hope that life savers and swimming instructors will be hired soon.”

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