The City of Ekurhuleni says it has decided to close some public swimming pools over the festive season for safety reasons.
40 of the city's pools will be closed between 22 December and 2 January.
Spokesperson Zweli Dlamini says while a pilot project was launched last year to see whether the city could maintain the high volumes of visitors, the closure of swimming pools is nothing new.
We decided to give it a shot after public demand. We said let's open it as a pilot project to see if we are able to deal with the numbers and it proved to be very detrimental. So this time around we have decided to resort back to the old way of doing things which is to close on the 22nd and open on the 2nd.— Zweli Dlamini, City of Ekurhuleni spokesperson
Dlamini says plans are in place to keep the pools open over the festive season, in the near future.
We are actually looking at better ways of dealing with the situation going forward but right now we are not ready to do that and we must apologise for the inconvenience caused. You cannot risk the lives of people just because they need a particular facility.— Zweli Dlamini, City of Ekurhuleni spokesperson
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