Residents in CT still wait for dignity

2014-04-16 12:59

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Cape Town – Despite promises made that the bucket toilet system would be eliminated, many residents in Cape Town still face indignity as they wait for acceptable toilet facilities.

According to Human Settlements Minister Connie September, 30 March 2014 was the date that would mark the end of the bucket system, but this has yet to happen in the Western Cape.

According to a report on the Cape Times when September received the SA Human Rights Commission report on access to water and sanitation she argued that by March 2014 the department would have removed the bucket system in the entire country.

Unfortunately the department has failed to achieve this goal; residents of areas in Gugulethu still use the bucket system and have seen no signs of improvement.

According to some residents, officials within the municipality came only once to remove the bucket, after complaints of smells. This was after three weeks of the buckets remaining stagnant.

Some residents told media outlets that the workers were concerned about their health when they handled the buckets.

AfricaCheck reported in 2013 that 77 783 households in the Western Cape were not serviced with adequate sanitation.

Surveys done in 2011 noted that there were more than 60 000 bucket toilets in the Western Cape.

In Gugulethu, within just one ward there are more than 5 000 bucket toilets.

September has issued a response, arguing that the department would eradicate the bucket system within the coming weeks. The minister moreover was proud of the work being done by the ministry.

According to a resident in Europe settlement, an area in Gugulethu, he had been living in the area for close to 22 years and had never used a toilet that flushed

One of the main issues that affect the residents in the Europe settlement is that the toilets get filled up quite quickly and people are constantly getting sick from using these toilets.

A huge issue in terms of sanitation is the diseases that occur when there is not enough care taken to treat and clean water and sewage systems.

According to the UN’s deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, diarrhoea is one of the issues that arises when there is a sanitation problem.

According to the UN diarrhoea is the biggest killer of children under 5 in the world after pneumonia.

According to the draft National Water Resource Strategy, SA will require up to R670bn to beef up its entire water sector over the next 10 years, but there is a funding gap of R338bn.
Read more on:    un  |  cape town  |  environment  |  water

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