Nkandla: Just how much do 'fire-pools' cost?

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eNCA went out to find out just how much pools will set you back and it appears the most expensive costs just a fraction of what was spent on Zuma's 3-point-9 million rand pool.

JOHANNESBURG - The price of President Jacob Zuma&39;s fire pool in Nkandla has been stirring some controversy. 

eNCA went out to find out just how much pools will set you back.

It appears the most expensive costs just a fraction of what was spent on Zuma&39;s R3,9-million pool.

But exactly how fancy does a pool have to be to cost that amount of money?

Speaking to professional pool makers such as Russ Curtis, who has built over a 1000 pools, many of them award-winning, has determined that the most expensive residential pool his company has built was R500,000.

According to Police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s report, engineers estimated the Nkandla pool to hold 138 000 litres of water.

"Based on those specifications I could travel down to KZN and build the pool,  a 15 metre by 7 metre pool for R350 000. "

So why did Zuma&39;s fairly simple looking pool cost that much?

Curtis said different finishes and features can push up the price.

But Nhleko insists it&39;s not an ordinary swimming pool,  but a fire pool.

Its first purpose is to put out blazes.

Experts say the pipes and equipment needed to pump out the water are unlikely to add more than 3-million-rand to the cost of the pool.

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