The big cities like Johannesburg and Durban have produced the most Springboks, but many have also come from smaller centres like Vryheid, Stellenbosch and Kroonstad.
Iconic pools like Newlands and the Durban Beach Baths, as well as many of the numerous swimming pools built in towns acrtoss the country.
Salt water enclosures where the country's first swimmers probably practiced their art.
Most municipalities constructed pools, such as the 1898 saltwater pool at Humewood beach in Port Elizabeth. Platteland communities built pools near the centre of their towns, and later as part of the town sports grounds on the outskirts of each dorp.
In Rhodesia they built pools in their towns as at the schools, while the Portuguese in Mozambique and Angola usually provided swimming pools in their town and mining villages. In German South West Africa, which came under South African control after 1919, there were few swimming pools outside of the capital Windhoek. The most notable pools in South West was the Olympic pool with a sliding roof in Swakopmund - which no longer exists.
A typical South African 'dorp swembad' is the unheated Worcester Municipal pool below, complete with diving boards - when those mountains are covered in snow, the water would not be too inviting! See the map for the location of the swimming pools.
During the 1950's and 60's the South African government and local municipalities had a policy to build swimming pools in each town, and today pools are again being built. These are mainly indoor pools for schools, to allow year-round sports activities like water polo. Unfortunately, in the post-1994 era maintenance of municipal swimming pools is not a priority, and many of these pools have become derelict dead pools.
In the post-isolation era the landscape has changed considerably. Between 2002 and 2007 FINA used the new King's Park pool in Durban to host FINA World Cup events (below), but since then many municipal swimming pools have been also abandoned while private clubs like Virgin Active have built 25m indoor pools at their numerous health clubs throughout the country. Many schools have developed their own facilities to accommodate the massive new interest in water polo as a team sport. Open water races have proliferated around the country, to add to the venerable Redhouse River Mile and the famous Midmar Mile.
Mozambiçue and Angolan swimming pools