The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department has increased the number of public swimming pools that are open to 28.
Initially, only 16 facilities were opened in September, while others were still undergoing repairs and maintenance.
Currently, 28 of the 35 public swimming pools are open.
They are: Athlone, Bellville South, Blue Downs, Bonteheuwel, Brown’s Farm, Delft, Eastridge, Emthonjeni, Goodwood, Hanover Park, Kensington, Khayelitsha, Langa, Lentegeur, Long Street, Manenberg, Mnandi, Muizenberg, Observatory, Parow North, Retreat, Ruyterwacht, Sea Point, Strand, Vulindlela, Wesfleur, Wynberg and Westridge.
The City said work is still underway at Morningstar and Trafalgar Park, but it is hoped that these facilities will be open later this month.
The Bellville, Elsies River, Newlands, Parow Valley and Ravensmead swimming pools will not be operational this season due to extensive renovations.
“We’ve worked very hard to open more of our swimming pools, particularly considering that the operations at many of the facilities were curtailed during the drought.
“This year, we have been facing a new challenge, as a result of load shedding. When the power is off, the pool pumps are unable to operate, which means it impacts the water
“So, should there be more load shedding, swimming pools may close at short notice or open later than scheduled to allow us to ensure the best possible water quality.
“We ask the public to please be patient and co-
operate with our staff who are trying to ensure the best possible experience for visitors to these amenities,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.