Cape Town doubles toilets in poor areas

2013-02-13 09:48
Patricia de Lille (Picture: Sapa)

Patricia de Lille (Picture: Sapa)

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Cape Town - The number of toilets provided in Cape Town's informal settlements has more than doubled in seven years, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

Addressing the Cape Town civic centre on the provision of services to the poor, mayor Patricia de Lille said there were 14 951 toilets in 2006/7 and this had risen to 34 225 in the last year.

"If you don't focus on the poorer areas then you are ignoring the areas where the majority of Capetonians live," she said.

According to the report, the city had 204 informal settlements with over 193 000 households.

Open toilets saga

The city attracted negative publicity in 2009 when the ANC Youth League lodged complaints with the Human Rights Commission about open toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

De Lille said more than half the city's operational budget of R18m was being spent on poorer areas in the current financial year.

She called on residents to be more protective of the services delivered to them so the city could fund new services.

Over R115m had already been spent repairing vandalised sewers in the last year.

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