‘Long drops’ finally being phased out

Residents of Ndlambe’s Nemato township welcome R52m sanitation project

THE unbearable smell, flies buzzing around and having to dig holes in one’s backyard will soon be a thing of the past for Nemato residents set to benefit from the Ndlambe Local Municipality’s R52-million sanitation project.

The municipality has set aside R39-million for sewerage reticulation in the area, and R13-million for the construction of 2 490 flush toilets.

The project started last year and 900 toilets have already been built.

Residents – who have had to use long drops which often became too full, forcing them to dig other holes in their yards – said on Friday the toilets would improve their quality of life.

“The smell was unbearable, especially when it is hot. We were forced to stay behind closed doors because it was not only smelly but there would be flies everywhere, Daisy Manyathi, 76, said.

“My yard is full of pit holes and it was really distressing to have to hire someone to dig a new pit hole for me. Even though these are still outside toilets they will make a difference in our lives.”

Another resident, Nokuthula Bhokoyi, 35, said while she was grateful for the new toilets, she could not help worrying about recurring water problems in the area.

Municipal infrastructure director Noluthando Vithi said the toilet situation in Nemato was worse than using the bucket system. “So far we have used R39-million for sewerage reticulation and R13-million to build toilets, 900 of which are already complete,” Vithi said.

Municipal spokesman Khulekile Mbolekwa said things would be “much better now they are connected to the main [water supply] system”.

-Yoliswa Sobuwa

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