Fihla aims at bucket eradication

Rochelle de Kock

ERADICATING the 23000 sewer buckets in Nelson Mandela Bay’s townships is one of mayor Ben Fihla’s priority projects for his first 100 days in office, but the slow pace of housing delivery is retarding progress.

The municipality cannot build toilets for the informal settlements because it would be too expensive to install and later remove them when residents are relocated to areas where housing development is taking place.

At an infrastructure and engineering portfolio committee meeting yesterday, acting executive director Walter Shaidi said the human settlements department was “delaying” his department from getting rid of the buckets.

“Housing is delaying us. Two weeks ago in the [Integrated Development Plan] they had zero houses planned to be built because no allocation was confirmed from provincial government,” Shaidi said.

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