Cape Town men-only nude bathing facility to be modified or screened off
October 23, 2003
CAPE TOWN — Cape Town's mayor Nomaindia Mfeketo has ordered the demolition
of parts of a once proud landmark – the Sea Point pavilion – now
derelict and unsafe.
But the city was quick to point in a statement on Wednesday that
only the buildings alongside the pool, and not the entire pavilion,
would be demolished, starting Wednesday.
"Abandoned and derelict buildings contribute to crime and
"By demolishing the Sea Point pavilion, we are responding to the
request of residents, and contributing to renewal in the area,"
The site of the pavilion would be paved and reincorporated into
Mfeketo said that abandoned buildings, in addition to attracting
anti-social elements, were also a fire risk and a health hazard.
Addressing this was part of the urban renewal of the city.
The mayoral committee was also considering a proposal regarding
the men's-only nude bathing facility, Graaff's pool, which,
residents charge, had become a gay pickup spot. The city was
looking at either modifying it or providing a screening wall.
Fifty problem structures have been identified by the city. Where
these were privately owned, the city has asked owners either to
renovate or demolish the buildings. –Sapa
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