Midvaal residents get 1 000 toilets

2011-05-12 20:24

Johannesburg -The first batch of 1 000 toilets were handed over to residents of the Sicelo Shiceka informal settlement in Midvaal, the Gauteng local government and housing department said on Thursday.

"Gauteng MEC for local government and housing Humphrey Mmemezi handed over the first batch of 1 000 toilets after visiting the area last Tuesday," said department spokesman Motsamai Motlhaolwa.

Malope Ntsani, 39, who lives in the area, would no longer have to monitor her children when they go to the toilet - which was, until now, an open pit.

Mmemezi committed to provide the toilets - in the hotly contested Democratic Alliance-led municipality - after a walk-about in the area.

The ANC has vowed to win back the municipality in the upcoming local government elections.

"I realised after the walk about in the area that there are no toilets and people use nearby bushes and open pit toilets to relieve themselves.

"I made a commitment that we will get funds so that we can buy toilets for the community. There are also only nine taps for the community of 4 000 shacks," he said.

The department had secured R5.7m to provide the 1 000 toilets which would be cleaned twice a week.

"We can't allow municipalities to deprive people of basic services," he said.

He said the delivery of the toilets had nothing to do with the May 18 polls, and further promised to provide 438 houses for the residents of the informal settlement.

  • Accountant - 2011-05-12 20:41

    Oh no!!!!, after the elections there is going to be 1000 uncleaned toilets!!!!

      FinalJustice - 2011-05-12 21:04

      Uncleaned, or uncovered? (rhetorical)

      Letsatsi - 2011-05-16 06:26

      so true

  • SoulF - 2011-05-12 20:48

    Well I have to hand it to the ANC they know how to play dirty politics. Excuse the pun.

      FinalJustice - 2011-05-12 21:02

      No pun intended, I assume? Apology accepted :D

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-13 08:03

      Supplying to the poor is not playing dirty politics. Why did the DA not do it. Like in Cape Town, supply it without walls.

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-13 10:05

      CarlMuller, the DA did not do it because this is an ANC ward. The ANC failed their people yet again by letting them cr@p in the bushes for the past 17 years! Typical of the ANC to do NOTHING for five years, then make a big show of "delivering services" for six weeks before the elections. In the Western Cape, the DA delivers services to all of the people, all of the time.

  • Sprinkaan - 2011-05-12 21:13

    ANC is clever, Now they buy votes with tax payers money. Where were they say a year back, Bloody skelms

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-13 08:06

      Busy building the toilets. The DA had a chance. Clean governance also means helping the poor with toilets and houses and jobs.

  • GH - 2011-05-12 21:16

    Amazing what the anc can achieve when there's a bit of urgency involved! Ha ha. Go DA, hope you lead in Midvaal, or as a strong opposition, get the fatcats off their a$$es!

  • kingkong - 2011-05-12 21:22

    bying anc votes with the taxpyers money what about Viljoenskroon when will their toilets be enclose.No but the DA is running Midvaal thats why they are first in line i bet there will be a ralley this weekend and food parcels will be hand out by a secret spineless doner who will get his money back by way of a fat tender in june or july mark my words

  • burtfred - 2011-05-12 21:34

    Sicelo Shiceka settlement. How can a settlement be named after a corrupt, crooked, arrogant, useless cadre? Surely the people who live there are not that stupid.

      gcr - 2011-05-12 21:45

      We will see it in the voting - if the ANC win then the people are indeed stupid and will deserve the service delivery they get after the elections

  • Notuagain - 2011-05-12 21:45

    Congratulations to the residents on their new toilets. I've never seen a "toilet handing over ceremony" but can just imagine....

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-13 10:08

      Apparently they get Julius Malema to take a ceremonial dump.

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-05-13 11:49

      @Shistirrer... you mean they get him to give a speech? hehe

      pawsaw - 2011-05-13 15:01

      Wonder if these were of the plastic variety with a bucket? Waterborne sewerage takes longer and is more complicated. Helen Zille delivered toilets with waterborne sewerage to the people in Cape Town. I demand to see the same thing down for these people the ANC delivered to. That is what the ANCYL demanded of Helen on behalf of a handful of residents who were too B lazy to build their own shelters even with zinc which could probably be used for roofing later. Plastic toilets with buckets are hardly the same as laid on water flushing toilets. Julius - go and push them over and demund that the resident recieve proper brick and mortar toilets yesterday before the election because these people have been waiting 17 years! Where have the ANC been all these years that they have only now noticed this infringement and done something about it? And who donated the money = have there been any heists lately? Did Julius sell one of his luxury homes to purchase these? I am a 62 year old white woman who grew up using a pit latrine with brick and mortar around it although our house was built with dung and mud before we could afford bricks to build with. The apartheid govt didn't provide us with even a free pit latrine AND we paid taxes and my father had to contribute money to build a school for African children. An aunt of my mother's who was a spinster paid for my education. The ANC are a bucket toilet party playing cheap politics. Ancestors and now plastic toilets.LOL

      Notuagain - 2011-05-13 15:44

      @pawsaw, nope, these are those portable toilets that you see on building sites. Plastic yes, and need to be maintained....more money. Go figure? Cheap political points.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-12 21:46

    The Battle of WC. Stakes are getting higher. First T-shirts and promises, then Chicken/Beer and promises, then Heaven and promises, now WC's and promises. After the election, the promises are just flushed away. Isn't this Shiceka the ANC flower child, now off sick, who spends more money on himself than on all of the inhabitants of his settlement combined?

  • Newsferret - 2011-05-12 21:49

    Hey, these are porto toilets, when is the ANCYL coming to smash them? Surely brick enclosed toilets are the only solution. Go, ask the folk in Makhasa in Cape Town. Sorry the ANC donated so whatever construction is K OK

  • Muna - 2011-05-12 21:49

    Is it not ironic how the BLACKS first called us the rainbow nation. HUHH. Fact 1. There is no colour black in a rainbow. Fact 2. The colours in a rainbow do not mix, they are seperate. Fact 3. The spectrum of colours in a rainbow, make up pure white light. Poetic justice.

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-05-13 11:50

      Sad... really sad...

  • CamsComment - 2011-05-12 21:59

    EVENTUALLY!!!! Didn't the DA request these toilets over a year ago? Perfect timing anc.

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-12 22:02

      Tell us more. Did the DA request and was the ANC to deliver? Was there a tender? Who is the hero and who the villain?

  • Julius - 2011-05-12 22:04

    I had a factory that could make 800 toilets a month in Gauteng, Top quality best price. Got no business, closed down. ANC a disgrace to humanity. Was not prepared to pay bribes

      maseratifitt - 2011-05-12 22:14

      And then the ANC brags about creating jobs. They cut off their nose to spite their face, with this racist BEE nonsense. Sorry about your lost business. Thumbs up for taking a stand.

  • thetruth - 2011-05-12 22:11

    THE ANC PROVIDE TOILETS IN A DA AREA===thats news---how could the DA not provide a basic service in an area theyve governed for a few years---the DA has too often been associated with toilets---maybe it shows the filth that they are---AND THEY WANT TO GOVERN EVERY MUNICIPALITY AND ALSO THE COUNTRY

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-12 23:00

      This toilet story is getting out of hand. Is it the only card they can play now?

      sefeddt - 2011-05-13 08:56

      The DA requested the toilets over a year ago but the ANC provincial government did not deliver, now just before elections they rock up with them and tell the residents that they (the ANC) are the ones supplying them. You need not be a rocket scientist to smell something rotten here.

      ckrummeck - 2011-05-13 09:02

      They couldn't provide them because the ANC provincial government wouldn't provide funding for them in the provincial budget. The DA have been requesting funding for this for the past 5 years. Interesting that suddenly now, at election time, the money suddenly becomes available and the ANC uses it as an opportunity to promote themselves (really to serve there own purposes of buying some votes). What about the multitude of ANC run municipalities around the country that are still without any toilets, sanitation, electricity, water, etc? Why are they suddenly delivering to one of the DA run municipalities, while so many of their own municipalities are falling apart? Interesting.....

      pawsaw - 2011-05-13 15:19

      The ANC are only fit to be toilet deliverers made by white technology. The ANC are in charge of the money everyone including the poorest of the poor pay in taxes of one kind or another. Why do you suppose the anti ANC are always going on about corruption and cars costing a million and the DA don't have sufficient to provide sanitation for ALL. The ANC government CONTROLS THE MONEY for hospitals, police, schools although the money comes from people who have it taken from their salary before they even see their money. There are fewer people earning huge money than there are people without employment and education. We moan about how it is spent and we vote against a govt who is keeping and enriching a small elite group of comrades instead of taking care of the people who do not have toilets. Thinks of how many waterborne toilets could have been built if the ministers driving the pimped up top of the line cars had chosen cheaper cars and given the difference saved to the people without toilets and taught them how to build an enclosure. VOTE ANC why don't you and c how long you wait for 453 houses which will hopefully be better than the one my housekeeper was given that fell down on her when she opened the door because of no lintels. There were no floors either inside or gutters and boy when it rained and the wind blew the whole family took a cold shower. She has a lovely house now because she worked for it and because I loaned her R5,000 interest free so that she could rebuild.

  • Charles - 2011-05-13 07:25

    why give them toilets, they don't know how to use them. Within days it will be as dirty as the township itself or it would have been destroyed like everything else they have got for free.

  • brianR - 2011-05-13 08:50

    Politics is really going down the toilet now...

  • PB - 2011-05-13 09:18

    "He said the delivery of the toilets had nothing to do with the May 18 polls, and further promised to provide 438 houses for the residents of the informal settlement" AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT, YOU WILL BELIEVE ANYTHING. Are these the shack owners who were moved by the ANC from Bapsfontein at the beginning of the year to inflate the voter-pool in Midvaal? What is amazing to me is that you see black men urinate agains walls in town without even trying to cover up - and then there are public toilets available within easy reach. I have NEVER seen a white person do that. Why is it OK to do this, but the end of the world when they get toilets built for free where they live in shacks, but they are not willing or able to erect some form of cover themselves. Whoever you are, you can't deny that this happens all over. Now wait for the RACIST comments to follow...

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  • Bennie - 2011-05-13 09:58

    Who will Potty train all these Arseholes - No use having the equipment and not knowing how to use them!!

  • mark.molema80 - 2011-05-13 13:26

    VOTE ANC AND GET A TOILET!!! hmmmm, and the other services, and my tax money being put to good use, and I dont mean 5 star hotels and expensive houses and holidays??? If thats what the ANC's election policy is, 1 vote 1 toilet, then politics is in a sorry state of affairs... Vote DA and get more than just a toilet for your efforts!

      mark.molema80 - 2011-05-13 13:29

      and if the ANC are providing 1000 toilets, are they also going to provide the 10 000 rolls of toilet paper... All fine and well to take a dump in a loo, but hell, how they gonna wipe their asses??? Pages from a phone book or yesterday's edition of the Star?

      pawsaw - 2011-05-13 15:32

      Hey Mark - re the toilet paper. What is wrong with recycled old telephone books being used? During the apartheid years when we had a pit latrine and no electricity either we regularly used paper that was no longer of use, like sewing patterns and even newspaper. We couldn't afford toilet paper AND petrol AND pay the farm labourers a salary. If you want to eat and breed then you also have to prioritise and improvise. My ancestors used pit latrines when they first arrived here. These people are spoilt and we are encouraging them to remain with the begging bowl by giving them things for nothing. Wonder how many of them ar from north of our borders too. Nice to think that the money coming off your salary is actually providing toilets for refugees and unemployed people with no survival skills.

      Dominic-YNWA - 2011-05-25 12:25


  • Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-14 19:30

    Die ANC moet loop kak

      tryanything - 2011-05-14 20:11

      Ja gaan kak in die mielies.

  • grenville - 2011-05-15 11:12

    R5.7m for 1000 = R57000 per unit SO who got the contract and the kickbacks.

  • Zebelon - 2011-05-25 17:25

    As things go, it takes more than a year of pleading and reminding just to provide a thousand nonflushing toilets, and we proclaim this to be wonderful. Such is the plight of the poor.

  • Zebelon - 2011-05-25 17:32

    Why does Malema and ANCYL destroy those toilets , and demand flushing toilets that will enhance the dignity of the residents?

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