Backlog a concern

2016-05-18 06:00

THE Free State still has to deal with the backlog of eradicating the unhygienic bucket toilet system.

In a statement issued by the Ministry in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, the Free State is one of four provinces in which the progress of bucket eradication was still ongoing.

Eradication of the unhygienic bucket system takes centre stage this week with the Department of Water and Sanitation spearheading Sanitation and Hygiene Week under the theme: It’s not about flushing.

The campaign started on Monday (16/05) and ends on Friday (20/05).

It aims at raising awareness on the importance of sanitation and promotes sanitation’s best practices countrywide.

Special focus is placed on the progress made in the eradication of bucket toilets in informal settlements and the backlog that exists.

According to the ministry, the aim is the eradication of 20 560 bucket toilets still in use as follows: Free State (4 056), Eastern Cape (2 672), Northern Cape (2 421) and North West (398).

The eradication of the bucket toilet system in informal settlements is reportedly in progress in KwaZulu-Natal, North-West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

Meanwhile, the minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, is reportedly attending the 84th International Committee on Large Dams (ICOLD) at which stakeholders are expected to share ideas and knowledge of the design, construction, maintenance and impact of large dams in Southern Africa and to contribute to water conservation efforts.

The event coincides with Sanitation and Hygiene Week. Participation of the South African government, with special focus on the building of dams to increase water storage, is key in achieving the eradication of the bucket toilet system.

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