Outcry over state of Uitenhage public toilets

FILTHY FACILITIES: Disgusted users, left, try to find an open public toilet. Many in the Uitenhage area are locked. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA
FILTHY FACILITIES: Disgusted users, left, try to find an open public toilet. Many in the Uitenhage area are locked. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

A DISPUTE between the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s public health and facilities management departments over who is responsible for public ablution blocks in Uitenhage has led to the closure of six toilet facilities for the past two months.

It has caused a stink and is a health hazard in Uitenhage’s CBD and KwaNobuhle as shoppers are obliged to relieve themselves in the open.

The toilets at Republic Square, in Baird Street behind Shoprite, in Chase Street, at the two taxi ranks in town and at the KwaNobuhle municipal offices, have not been cleaned by the city since June 30.

This follows the non-renewal of the contract with the service provider responsible for the cleanliness and hygiene of the toilets, which expired on June 30.

It is believed that neither public health nor facilities management has budgeted for a new tender as neither wants to take responsibility for the facilities.

Last month, Uitenhage Ward 51 councillor Pieter Terblanche tried to get the council to intervene in what he called unacceptable and unhygienic conditions, but his motion was shot down by the ANC. – Rochelle de Kock

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3 thoughts on “Outcry over state of Uitenhage public toilets

  • September 3, 2014 at 10:27 am
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    this is disgusting. this gouvernment cannot even take responsibility for public toilets so how do we expect them to run this country effectively. yet they were voted in again. Dallas

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  • September 2, 2014 at 10:50 am
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    The ruling party cannot even run a public toilet! Some would probably say that they are making South Africa into one BIG TOILET!!

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  • September 2, 2014 at 10:00 am
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    Ask Mr Malema to invite Mr Zuma to use the toilets and show the public that they are acceptable…………….guaranteed he will do it in Parliament, and the toilet problem will be sorted just like Nkandla!!!!!

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