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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