Sobantu toilets still raise stink

2015-10-15 06:00

MORE than six months after 50 outdoor toilets were nstalled in Sobantu, but deemed unsafe to use, they have still not been replaced.

The matter was brought before the council’s executive committee (Exco) recently, with Mayor Chris Ndlela requesting that the matter be prioritised.

Municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi said the matter had taken a long time to reach the executive committee as the report “went back and forth” between the strategic­ management and infrastructure services portfolio committees.

DA councillor Judith Lawrence asked for an explanation for the delay in installing something as vital as ablution facilities. “Where has this request for toilets been and why is it only coming to Exco now, six months later?” she asked.

Fellow DA councillor Bill Lambert added his voice, saying that the maintenance of public toilets was a problem in the city. He referred to the condition of ablution facilities at the Oval. Lambert said he constantly receives complaints regarding the state of public toilets in the city.

Nkosi settled the debate saying that the report “did not sit collecting dust”, but that many details had to be rectified and changed.

He added that council should concentrate on the items on the agenda for the day, one being the Sobantu toilets.

Ndlela appealed to Msunduzi residents to also play their part in maintaining the city’s public toilets.

“As much as we are custodians, we must go out of our way to appeal to the public to play the game.” He said those who use public toilets had a responsibility to take care of the public facilities and treat them with decency

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