Bhekamatshe Primary gets new toilets

2019-09-11 06:02
Bhekamatshe Primary school pupils at the official handover of toiles and parcel.PHOTO: supplied

Bhekamatshe Primary school pupils at the official handover of toiles and parcel.PHOTO: supplied

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PARENTS of Bhekamatshe Primary School pupils say they will now have peace of mind knowing that their children’s lives are not in danger after the school received new toilets.

Six ‘partnership VIP’ and two ‘pour flush toilets’ were donated by Gift of the Givers Foundation and officially handed over to the school last Wednesday.

In May Echo reported on a story where parents closed the school gates and burnt tyres complaining about the pit toilets that their children were using, saying they were in bad condition. They said they feared their children could drown by using those toilets.

One parent who spoke to Echo said they are delighted and very grateful to Gift of the Givers.

“They did not just give us the toilets but they saved our children’s lives. We will forever be grateful to them for caring for us and our children so much,” she said.

Another parent, Nonhlanhla Mbatha, said: “We want to thank Echo because had they had not reported on the problem, Gift of the Givers would not know about our problem. We are satisfied with the toilets, thanks to Gift of the Giver.”

Khulekani Kunene, from Gift of the Givers, said these toilets are part of a project they are running for schools.

The project was established last year after a child from a Richmond school fell into a pit toilet.

“These new toilets are three metres long and the whole foundation is made with bricks. They are two-in-one toilets.

There is a seat for younger children in Grade R and the older children as well. They are very safe and it is guaranteed that no child can ever drown. We’re implementing this because we care and we want the children to be safe,” he said.

Gift of the Givers was accompanied by Makro Store in Pietermaritzburg,who donated 420 soup packs and 420 grey blankets to the pupils.

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