Council in new move to reduce bucket toilets

Fast-tracking its efforts to eradicate bucket toilets in Nelson Mandela Bay by the end of the year, the municipality has started building flush toilets in Khayamnandi township in Despatch.

They are for shack dwellers who are at the bottom of the housing waiting lists.

This project is over and above the 658 communal ablution facilities that will be rolled out in informal settlements throughout the metro.

The communal blocks will accommodate between 50 and 75 families who will share male and female units, and house toilets, showers and basins. Laundry basins will be attached outside.

The municipality is currently undertaking the tender process to get companies to provide the light steel communal units.

At an infrastructure, engineering and energy portfolio committee meeting yesterday, the city’s head of infrastructure and engineering Walter Shaidi reported that it would cost R9.7-million to build slab foundations, erect flushing toilets and service 658 sites in Khayamnandi.

-Rochelle de Kock

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