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City re-opens some swimming pools
Sixteen swimming pools have been re-opened in the City. The announcement was made during the Save-A-Life programme launch yesterday, 7 October at the Ntuzuma E Swimming Pool. The public is urged to note that swimming lessons are provided for free at the City’s pools.

The re-opened pools are Hambanathi pool; KwaMashu G pool; Austerville pool; L.T King pool; Bellair pool; Verulam pool; Lahee Park pool; Ntuzuma E pool; Kings Park Complex indoor and outdoor pool; Pipeline pool; Durban north pool; Till Cresent pool; Westville pool;  Lamontville pool; Tirger rocks pool  and Umlazi D pool.

Deputy Head of Parks, Leisure and Cemeteries Sibusiso Mkwanazi said the closure of pools due to the pandemic has had a negative impact on communities. “As lockdown regulations have been relaxed, we have decided to re-open some of the pools. The re-opening will be done in phases to allow people access to pools for health promotion, social interaction and recreational purposes,” he said.

The public will be informed of the re-opening of other pools which are currently undergoing repairs and maintenance. Meanwhile, the Save-A-Life programme saw swimming and aquatic clubs turn up in their numbers to support the initiative that promotes recreational and competitive swimming. It also creates awareness on water safety.

Graham Hill, a renowned South African swimming coach, lauded the Municipality for the initiative that will help to uncover talent in communities. “Swimming is not only about participating in water activities, but a life skill. It can also be more than just a hobby, but can be a career in a competitive space,” he said.

Ward 43 Councillor Gloria Mhlongo welcomed the re-opening of swimming pools and the programme. She said: “It is exciting to see communities be trained on water safety. This will address drownings in communities.”  Swimmers demonstrated their talent in the water during the programme launch while pool supervisors demonstrated lifesaving tactics that help prevent drownings.
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