Councillors agree to budget for more public toilets in city

2013-03-29 00:00

PUBLIC toilets in Pietermaritzburg, or the lack of them, came under the spotlight at Wednesday’s full council meeting.

Democratic Alliance councillor Rodger Ashe proposed a private member’s motion calling for more public toilets.

Ashe said the City of Choice did not have a single decent public toilet for its citizens. Many people travelled long distances to visit the city centre and the toilets at the bus and taxi depots were despicable.

“Hundreds of people visit Alexandra Park every week for recreational purposes and there is not a single decent public toilet available to them,” he added.

Ashe said residents had no option but to relieve themselves where they could. This resulted in parts of the city centre and recreational areas “resembling cesspits”.

He said he was amazed that this “disgusting situation” had not yet led to an outbreak of disease.

Ashe also expressed concern that the situation gave tourists a bad impression of the city. He called for the council, as a matter of urgency, to commit sufficient funds in the next annual budget towards upgrading and maintaining public toilets.

The motion was well received by all councillors and passed.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi pointed out that money had been set aside in the proposed budget for the upgrading and maintenance of ablution facilities.

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