Zuma orders sun-Power loos for Nkandla

2012-12-20 00:00

HOT on the heels of the media storm about Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence, the president yesterday ordered solar-powered toilets to pilot in the village.

Zuma struck the deal while strolling through the Progressive Business Forum’s (PBF) exhibition tent in Mangaung.

An excited Geo Heyns of AfricanSanitation promised to deliver the toilets to Zuma’s KwaZulu-Natal village “early in the new year”.

Zuma, who at one point stuck his hand into a test model toilet at the exhibition stand to feel the heat that it generated, described the patent as “revolutionary”.

“Right now, in December, I am going to my village and there are households where we could put this in pilot,” Zuma told Heyns. “I want them to bring [the toilets] while I’m down there, just to do the experiment.”

The loo was patented seven years ago. An AfriSan Elite toilet unit costs R6 500.

But, said Heyns, if the president bought in bulk, he would knock it down to R4 000 per unit.

The toilet is waterless and bakes

excrement using solar power.

Zuma visited more than a dozen representatives from a wide range of businesses at the exhibition yesterday morning, including African Rainbow Minerals and Nissan South Africa and fashion event organisers African Fashion International.

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