The small province of Griqualand West lay in the dry semi-desert of the Karoo. Its capital was Kimberley, which was also home to the most famous of South African swimmers - Karen Muir. From 1965 - 1970 Kimberley regularly featured in world swimming news - because Karen kept breaking world records. Legandary coach Frank Gray was recruited by the Department of Sport and Recration to move from Watford in England to Kimberley, where he produced a string of champions, including his four sons who all became Springbok swimmers.
Few schools had their own pools but many dorpies towns in the province boasted a swimming pool, although few survive in 2020. They included Upington, Vryburg, Kuruman, Postmasburg, Prieska, Mafeking, Hopetown and others.
In 2020 the province has 8 registered swimming clubs.
Located at a ford across the Orange River, it was a haven for runaway slave river pirates until the town was established in 1884.
A railway bridge, the second longest in Southern Africa, was built over the river to carry the railway from the De Aar junction to Windhoek in South West Africa.
Colours gala at Hoërskool Hopetown.
Here is a list of some dead swimming pools still visible in (roughly) the Griqualand West. It borders on the Cape in the south and west, that the Orange Free State to the east. Each of those provinces have their own dead pools also.
Hoër Tegniese Skool, Kimberley
Laerskool Staats, Kimberley
SADF Kimberley Military base
SADF 3 SAI Military Base Kimberley
Jan Kempdorp Municipal pool
HLNK - Jan Kempdorp
Vryburg municipal swimming pool
Vryburg municipal swimming pool Skool Straat
Griekwastad Municipal pool
Upington Rudolf de Wee straat
Upington King street
Olifantshoek dorp swembad
Niekerkshoop municipal pool
Prieska municipal pool
Douglas municipal pool
Mozambiçue and Angolan swimming pools