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Retreat community benefits from revamped world-class swimming pool<p>Today we opened the recently revamped Retreat Swimming Pool which has been fitted with a roof so that the community of Retreat and surrounding areas can enjoy the pool all year round. </p><p>I want to thank the community, and especially our little children, for being so patient while waiting for the pool’s revamp to be completed. </p><p>This has been a long time coming and I am sure that the community is as relieved as I am to finally see the roof structure being completed.</p><p>We are a few days into the school holidays and we have been working hard to get the pool done in time. </p><p>Last December, we opened the pool for the summer season when the roof was not yet completed due to the non-performance of the previous contractor.</p><p>The City terminated that contract and appointed a new company to complete the roof because we want our communities to have quality recreational facilities. </p><p>As a caring and inclusive city, it is our duty and it was our commitment to provide communities with quality social amenities. </p><p>We wanted to transform this pool into a world-class facility so that our children can have a safe place to swim, a place where they can enjoy themselves and where they can build their swimming skills so that they can possibly represent our country on the world stage one day. </p><p>Today, we had the Retreat Aquatics Club at the pool where they conducted a swimming demonstration to teach children how to be safe in the water. </p><p>The Retreat Aquatics Club used this pool for many years to train swimmers and two Olympic swimmers came out of this club. </p><p>Achmat Hassiem trained with the Retreat Aquatics Club as a high school learner and in 2006 he survived a shark attack in which he lost a leg, but that didn’t stop him. He worked hard and continued his training and later went on to represent South Africa in three Paralympian Games in 2008 in China, 2012 in London, and most recently this year at the 2016 Rio Games. </p><p>Another swimmer who came through the ranks with the Retreat Aquatics Club is Darren Murray who represented South Africa at the 2012 Summer Olympics. </p><p>I conveyed these stories to the children at the pool today because I want them to know that they all have the potential to reach their dreams. They can go for gold and any of the children from Retreat or Lavender Hill can travel the world to represent South Africa. </p><p>We are providing these facilities so that children can have access to opportunities and a place where they can learn skills and not fall into the cycle of drug abuse or gangsterism. </p><p>Everyone must take responsibility for their own future. I used the opportunity when opening the pool today to encourage our young people to make the right choices because only they can decide where their lives will go.</p><p>For the City’s part, we will do our best to continue providing safe places for children to play and quality recreational facilities, but communities must make the best use of these facilities and everyone must work together to encourage our children to make good choices. </p><p>I also appealed to the community to take personal responsibility for the pool, to take care of it, and make sure that no one damages their pool.</p><p>We will have lifeguards at the pool every day to keep an eye on everyone but I am asking everyone to be safe at the pool. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. </p><p>I also want to wish everyone a happy and safe festive season. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and take care so that we can all go into the new year together.<br>   <br>Let us continue working together to take Cape Town to greater heights and continue to make progress possible together.</p><p>Cape Town. Getting on with it. 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