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17 February 2017

Rustenburg – This is what the only open public swimming pool in Rustenburg, the Rustenburg Municipal Swimming Pool (referred to as the ‘Marais Street’ public swimming pool) looked like – and that days before a major gala taking place at the public pool. 

Zola Moeng, one of the life guards at the Rustenburg Municipal Swimming Pool, dissatisfied with the state of the swimming pools.

This photo was taken on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. 

“This is completely unacceptable,” Josey Harris, chief coach at the Rustenburg Swimming Club (RSC) and a swimming coach for nearly forty years, said in an interview with the Platinum Weekly newspaper. The Development Gala is still on track to take place this Saturday, 18 February 2017 and promises to attract large crowds. 

This is what the only open public swimming pool in Rustenburg, the Rustenburg Municipal Swimming Pool (referred to as the ‘Marais Street’ public swimming pool) looked like – and that days before a major gala taking place at the pool.

“The reason for this is simple. The Rustenburg Local Municipality has not signed off on the chemicals requisition, and therefore the staff at the public pool cannot keep the pools on acceptable levels,” Harris said. 

Gean Legoboy, manager at the Rustenburg Municipal Swimming Pool, stood his ground on Wednesday, 15 February 2017, and waited at the municipality’s offices from 07h00 up to 15h30 until he finally received funds to buy chemicals for the swimming pools. The quantity was threefold the usual, since converting a ‘green’ swimming pool takes a good deal more chemicals, than the general upkeep thereof. As you can see in the photo, the colour of the water is slowly improving. 

“The municipality also didn’t sign off on January’s chemical requisition, and the RSC had to urgently create funds ourselves. We did this to accommodate the SA Schools Gala, which took place from 3-5 February 2017,” Harris added. This gala catered for a crowd of about 1500-1800. “Our hands are cut off; we don’t have the funds to pay bills that the municipality refuses to pay. The budget for the public pool is also a set budget, and the chemical bills are no surprise!” 

In September 2016 the Platinum Weekly newspaper reported on the state of the public pool. A meeting between RSC and municipal representatives attended and promised to restore change rooms and ablution blocks in order to be wheelchair-friendly. Other areas of much-needed repairs were discussed. 

These improvements and/or repairs never took place. 
 

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