Local swimming pools still closed

Two children long to swim at the Krugersdorp West Swimming Pool. Photo: Bianca Pindral.

In October last year, the News reported on the joyous reopening of the Krugersdorp West Swimming pool. Now, nearly a year later, the pool is closed and the cause for this closure is still vague. The pool was supposed to reopen in September, but hasn’t, despite taking almost two years to rebuild it to its former glory. It was later discovered that despite spending more than R9,1 million, none of the three swimming pools in the greater Krugersdorp area –Krugersdorp West, Kagiso and Azaadville – are open.

Also Read: [WATCH] Splish, splash … its open!

The municipality allocated R3,9 million of the budget for swimming pool renovations between 2014 and 2016. The official reason given for the closure was that there wasn’t enough money to pay the lifeguards’ salaries and that there was a lack of chlorine.

Krugersdorp West swimming pool is still closed despite the costly renovations.
Photo: Bianca Pindral.

The residents are now asking why they have once again been deprived of the recreational swimming facility. Trish Clelland, a resident of Krugersdorp, said in a Facebook post: “According to the staff the pool is closed because they do not have a lifesaver. It took about 16 years to get the pool rebuilt, now the municipality closes it down instead of employing lifeguards.”

Gert Bothma wrote a letter to the News saying that the children of Krugersdorp are once again deprived of joy. “Ons as belastingbetalers voel dis nie reg nie. Want hulle kan mense van Krugersdorp vat en oplei want daar is baie wat nie werk het nie en baie sal bly wees vir ‘n bietjie geld om kos op die tafel te kan sit. Almal moet nou daardeur ly,” he said.

In Kagiso, the Kagisanong pool has remained closed even though renovations have been completed. The lack of lifeguards has been cited as the cause, indicating the inability to provide suitably qualified life guards in time for the opening.

The residents of Azaadville, who were once ecstatic about their newly renovated pool, were sadly let down when they too were turned away due to the absence of lifeguards. Furthermore, the upgrades did not include the shower and ablution facilities, which remain unusable.

Video from the opening of the pool October 2016

Also Read: Reopening of Krugersdorp West Swimming Pool

Trudie Naudé, ward councillor for the area said it’s such a disappointment to the community that the swimming pool is still closed.

“For some it’s the only place where the children can keep themselves busy for hours. It’s nearly the end of the year. Where are they going to play?

Are they once again going to spend their time doing all sorts of wrong things and getting up to mischief? To think that all that money was spent for nothing!” she said.

The municipality has allocated an additional R5,2 million for further upgrades to the pools in its 2018–2020 budget, but does this mean that the pools will remain closed for another two years?

The News has contacted ANC spokesperson, Nkosana Zali, and is awaiting comment.

 

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Bianca Pindral
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