Summer will be a breeze for the community of Duduza, south of Ekurhuleni, as they now have a new spot to cool down under the sun.
However, the rate of drownings tends to rise during this season due to the lack of basic swimming lessons for those in previously disadvantaged communities.
As such, the City of Ekurhuleni has constructed and handed over a state-of-the-art community swimming pool in Duduza with an aim to provide members of the community with free basic swimming lessons.
Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina together with the member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for Community Services Cllr Nomadlozi Nkosi officially opened the community swimming pool valued at over R30 million on Friday, October 8.
The 25metres x 25metres world-class recreational facility comes standard with the main pool, kiddies pool, learn to swim instructors and lifeguards.
The main pool will encourage locals to take water sports such as water polo and competitive swimming.
Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina said, “This is one of the many ways we are trying to transform our communities especially in previously disadvantaged communities. Not only will these kids be learning to swim, but we hope that they will use this pool to horn their skills and produce professional swimmers who will represent Ekurhuleni in the world stages. We therefore appeal to the community to look after this facility as we have seen that in the past vandalism of public facilities tend to deprive our communities such amenities.”
In addition, the construction of the community swimming pool will not only bring the joys of splish-splash in the township of Duduza, but it will also bring about sustainable jobs for the locals, bring youth development, promote healthy living and foster social cohesion.
Furthermore, residents will be expected to pay a minimal entrance fee of R5.00 to access the community pool.
MMC for Community Services Cllr Nomadlozi Nkosi said, “COVID-19 regulations will be adhered to at the pool, with a limited number of people only to access the facility at a time. MMC Nkosi also urged the community to protect the facility.”
Duduza community pool operating hours:
Mondays – Closed for routine maintenance
Tues -Sat: 10:00-17:45
Sun: 14:00 – 17:45
Public Holidays: 14:00-17:45