Cape Town considers microchips for portable toilets

2013-04-30 09:04

The City of Cape Town is considering fitting microchips to portable toilets in informal settlements to monitor whether they are being serviced or moved around.

The idea followed the Social Justice Coalition’s (SJC) recent social audit of chemical toilets in Khayelitsha, which found they were not being properly maintained and cleaned, the Cape Times reported today.

Utility services mayoral committee member Ernest Sonnenberg reportedly said the city would study the audit before responding to the SJC’s findings, but that microchips were an option.

According to the Cape Times, he said that between 2006/07 and 2011/12, the number of toilets in informal settlements had increased from 10 591 to 34 225.

Sonnenberg said urbanisation, population growth and densification were making it difficult for the city to meet the level of sanitation services it would like to install.

The newspaper previously reported that more than half of the 256 toilets in Khayelitsha were unusable, 170 were damaged and, on average, 17 families used one toilet.

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