City’s pools open for swimmers as summer beckons

2015-09-07 08:05
Ready for summer, newly appointed lifeguard at the Berg Street swimming pool, Phillip Radebe.

Ready for summer, newly appointed lifeguard at the Berg Street swimming pool, Phillip Radebe. (Ian Carbutt)

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PIETERMARITZBURGERS can get themselves wet with all the municipal swimming pools now officially open as summer beckons.

Following the recent upgrade of Berg Street swimming pool, Msunduzi Municipality said that all seven swimming pools will be opened from today.

The pools that will be opened 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.

The Alexandra Baths were, however closed last week as technicians worked on an inlet pipe.

Repairs at the well-known Berg Street swimming pool are complete, however, the city is yet to announce when the official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place.

“The Berg Street swimming pool is fully operational and a full-time lifeguard has already been appointed. We are very happy at the results of the Berg Street pool considering the condition it was in a few years ago,” said chairperson of the Community Services portfolio, Inderjit Manilall.

Experienced lifeguard Phillip Radebe has already taken up his position at the Berg Street swimming pool. Radebe was a lifeguard at Alexandra Baths for four years.

“We are ready for the public to come make use of the facilities. We are looking forward to the hot summer days now,” said Radebe.

Manilall said the lifeguards will also be offering swimming lessons to the community once the pool is opened.

“We want to start a positive programme in this area. We encourage the nearby schools to also make use of the facilities provided,” said Manilall.

However, he warned those who use the swimming pool must take responsibility for the upkeep of the premises.

“It took us a very long time to get the pool to this condition. The onus is upon those who use it to make sure the facilities are kept in this pristine condition. This is one of the best looking swimming pools in the city right now and we expect people to take care of it when they use it,” added Manilall

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