Summer splash promise

2015-10-06 06:00
A dark cloud looms over Retreat public swimming pool as residents question whether the facility will be open in time for the summer school holidays. 

Astrid februarie

A dark cloud looms over Retreat public swimming pool as residents question whether the facility will be open in time for the summer school holidays. PHOTO: Astrid februarie

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The Retreat swimming pool construction is expected to be completed by the end of November.

This is according to Belinda Walker, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for community services and special projects amid concerns of residents about continuous delays.

People’s Post previously reported that construction at the pool was set to be completed by December (“In the swim”, 2 September 2014).

A resident, who lives close to the pool and spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity, says she hopes the pool will be completed soon as the festive season is around the corner.

“We have been using this facility for years and it seems that there is no rush to get it completed. Where are we expected to swim or cool off? We feel that our community is neglected and the contractors are taking forever to get done. This is not fair to this community,” she says.

Another resident who shares her sentiment says he has been watching the project closely and it seems that not much effort is being put into completing it on time.

“This project started in 2013 and, look, it’s 2015. Will it ever be finished and ready? I have huge doubts. I suggest residents find alternatives and forget about using the facility this holiday period,” he says.

Walker says some repair work had to be done before the roof sheeting could be installed.

“On inspection of the main structure, the consulting team noted that some work completed by the contractor that did not meet the required standard of work as specified by the engineer,” she says.

“The repair works that were required by the contractor delayed the completion of the work recently. The installation of the roof sheeting is planned to commence towards mid to end October.”

Walker says the current cost of the project is about R7.4m.

She says that penalties are being levied on the contractor for the late completion of the works and that all provisions of the construction contract are being used to ensure that the construction work is completed as quickly as possible.

“The project team is doing everything in their power to achieve this, but without compromising on quality of workmanship that is required from the contractor,” she says.

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