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SASCOC invests R8 million in Motherwell swimming pool

By Afikile Lugunya - Apr 27, 2018
SASCOC invests R8 million in Motherwell swimming pool

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) President and nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, officially unveiled the renovated Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre pool in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, on Thursday.  

Teachers and learners from Vukani Bantu and Dumani primary schools attended the event and showed off their newly-learnt swimming skills in the pool.

President of Swimming South Africa, Alan Fritz, said that being able to swim is not a privilege but a right, which is why they decided to take the opportunity to introduce the swimming training at a township of Motherwell.

He said that about R8 million was spent in making the project a success.

Fritz also urged the community to look after the facility because of the expenses involved.

Mayor Trollip said that the municipality is still and will continue to abide by their principles, which entails transforming townships to cities.

He also highlighted the importance of learning to swim especially to children because they are the generation, which is likely to take part in the Ironman competition.

During the festive season more people visit the beach and reports of drowning are often reported, by this facility Trollip highlighted the need to eliminate such incidents.

“We hope the city won’t lose another person through drowning because they can’t swim”, he said.

Sikhona Mavela, who was among the learners, said that she always wanted to learn how to swim and when they were asked if they wanted to, she jumped at the opportunity.

So far she has no regrets as the big smile written all over her face while speaking to reporters said it all.