Councillor tackles service delivery challenges

2016-11-03 06:00
Two portable toilets were handed over to the residents of Emtilimi in KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp last week Tuesday. With the elated residents are ANC Ward 6 Councillor Velile Vumazonke (fourth right) and Environmental Affairs Ward Committee Member Zandile Matroos (fifth right).                                    Photo: SUPPLIED

Two portable toilets were handed over to the residents of Emtilimi in KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp last week Tuesday. With the elated residents are ANC Ward 6 Councillor Velile Vumazonke (fourth right) and Environmental Affairs Ward Committee Member Zandile Matroos (fifth right). Photo: SUPPLIED

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RESIDENTS from Entilini informal settlement in KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp, are relieved that they finally received portable toilets which will see their dignity restored.

Two portable toilets, supplied by the Kouga Municipality, were handed over to the community last week Tuesday on the demand of newly elected ANC Ward 6 Councillor Velile (Lefty) Vumazonke.

“For years these 40 residents had to use the nearby bushes when they had to go. This not only posed several health risks, but was also a major safety concern,” says Vumazonke who always dreamt about helping people.

“Some of the most vulnerable groups are the disabled, and women and children, who frequently face the threat of sexual violence when using the bushes as a toilet.

“A toilet is a basic right to dignity. If we want to have livelihoods where people are able to live decently with dignity, we must mitigate matters pertaining to the growth of informal settlements.”

According to him, this is only the start to improve basic service delivery in the area.

According to Kouga Mayor, Elza van Lingen, the residents of Entilin did not have access to proper toilet facilities; hence the municipality made two toilets available to the community.”

A service provider will be appointed by the municipality to maintain the toilets.

“The new Council will take a serious look at providng more toilets to communities in the Kouga, in the preparation of the new budget for 2017/ 2018. Ensuring that all residents have access to proper sanitation is very important if we are to build strong and healthy communities across Kouga,” says Van Lingen.

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