Sheppy bucket toilets a win-win situation

2012-09-28 00:00

FOR enterprising Port Shepstone entrepreneur Khaveduze Gumede-Khuzwayo, who provides a bucket toilet service at the town’s taxi rank at R1 a time, the business is all about putting food on the table.

The 50-year-old father of three, who began the service three months ago when the Hibiscus Coast Municipality closed the facility due to vandalism, had been selling cigarettes and toilet paper at the front of the toilet building.

“When they closed the toilets, I saw that people were in need of toilet services,” he told The Witness.

“I brought the buckets to help them. I do this business because I have no other job.

“What I need the most in my life is to get a job to support my children.”

Gumede-Khuzwayo, who is from KwaMadlala, said he saw this gap as a “must-grab opportunity”.

He conceded that he did not enjoy earning an income this way, but he noted that commuters were pleased to have somewhere to relieve themselves while the toilets are closed.

The bucket toilet service earns him R100 a day, which helps to keep his Grade One child at Sbanokuhle Primary SchooI.

Gumede-Khuzwayo turned to entrepreneurship after losing his job in 2005 when the steel company that he worked for in Durban closed down.

“When the company closed its doors, I went home where I started to make huts for the community.”

However, he found that building huts was not lucrative enough and became a taxi rank hawker two years later.

The Witness established from Gumede-Khuzwayo that he disposes of the urine behind the closed toilets.

He said that in spite of the business opportunity, people desperately needed a proper sanitation facility at the rank so that they could relieve themselves in a dignified way.

HCM’s head of corporate services, Maxwell Mbili, said representatives of the municipality and the taxi industry had been in consultation to forge a partnership to manage and execute an action plan to eradicate the problem.

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