Mokone comes clean

2015-05-14 06:00
Jacob Mfini, teacher, Heather Reed, Project Manager and Trustee for SICAS-SA, Subhakar Kini, chief architect, Prayasen Rumiah, chairman, Mandisa Mjekula, Zolile Raphahlelo, the principal, Someleza Phoncana and Ntombekhaya Mtikitiki, member of SGB, du

Jacob Mfini, teacher, Heather Reed, Project Manager and Trustee for SICAS-SA, Subhakar Kini, chief architect, Prayasen Rumiah, chairman, Mandisa Mjekula, Zolile Raphahlelo, the principal, Someleza Phoncana and Ntombekhaya Mtikitiki, member of SGB, du

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The toilets at Mokone Primary School were given a facelift by an international Non Profit Organisation (NGO), in Langa, recently.

Sulabh International, which is an NGO based in India and has recently, extended wings to the country, renovated over 20 toilets in the school as part of their mission to promote good sanitation.

The NGO worked close with SICAS-SA which is a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) to help identify the school.

The representatives from the organisations, which were lead by Prayasen Rumiah, the chairperson of Sulabh International, made the presentation about the importance of good sanitation during the handover of the renovated toilets at the school, on Tuesday.

Rumiah said this is the first project of its kind in the country and the first in the continent.

It was introduced alongside Portland High School, in Mitchells Plain.

“We are promoting good hygiene and cleanliness. We want to stop the spread of diseases and sicknesses which are caused by dirty toilets,” Rumiah said.

The NGO includes learners, teachers and School Governing Body (SGB) members to form a club that will drive the campaign of keeping the toilets clean at all times.

The club members have to meet every quarter to raise new ideas and give feedback about the campaign.

Learners were told to ensure that the water tabs are closed before they leave the toilets, make sure that is clean, refrain from using newspapers, but toilet papers, and ensure that the floor is dry.

They were told to report any damage in the toilet to their teachers.

The project started in India in 1970 and it has since built 8000 public toilets which are used by about 15 million residents in the country every day.

“We are the largest sanitation NGO in the world. We have employed 70 thousand people in India. We work close with other NGOs to identify the schools that are in need of the project,” he added.

The NGO also plans to build public toilets in taxi ranks in the country which will be the project that they will run with government.

They will build the toilets and maintain them, but the buildings will be owned by the government.

Zolile Raphahlelo, the principal of Mokone Primary School, said they were happy for being selected for the project.

“We will ensure that we keep the toilets clean. We want to thank the NGO for what they have done for us,” Raphahlelo said.

Mandisa Mjekula, a learner, said the NGO has made a big difference in the school.

“I am very happy for what they did for us. Our toilets were so dirty that we had to clean them before we sit. They were in a bad condition,” Mjekula said.

Ntombekhaya Mtikitiki, a member of SGB, also applauded the project.

“The condition for the toilets was very bad and some were broken. We want to thank them (Sulabh International). We will ensure to maintain the project,” Mtikitiki said.

The schools that are interested can send the NPO an email on info@SICAS-SA.org

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