Public toilet revamp to cost R3 million

2016-04-27 06:00

REVAMPING the city’s public toilets­ could cost Msunduzi Municipality R3 million according to a four-year-old report that was presented by the parks and recreation department at a recent executive committee meeting.

Councillors and Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela challenged the department stating that the report needed to be updated with a breakdown of the allocation of money to every individual toilet in the municipality that makes up the R3 million.

Steven Naik, manager of parks and recreation, presented the 2012 report where 68 sport halls, 65 sport facilities and 19 public toilets were assessed and the R3 million then identified to get all facilities revamped.

A further two issues were up for discussion; one being the operating hours of the toilets and charging a nominal fee for the use of toilets.

According to Naik toilets are opened only during working hours during the week and are locked on the weekends. Councillor Judith Lawrence said the toilets should be open all day, every day.

“The CBD has become a 24-hour space and the facilities need to be available to the public at all times,” she said.

“Even in developed cities, people do not pay to use the public toilets. They pay to use the private toilets. If we close the toilets at a certain time, it would push people to break certain by-laws and answer the call of nature elsewhere,” said Ndlela.

Exco member, Eunice Majola requested that the nominal fee recommended by the department to use the toilets be removed.

“As much as we would like to see the toilets looked after, charging a nominal fee will not curb the problem. Some people are very poor and will not be able to afford the fee. Charging them would not be doing justice to the public,” she said.

Council agreed to remove the re-commendation and, in principal, approved the budget necessary to revamp the public toilet, pending an updated account of the repairs necessary for each facility.

CBD has become a
24-hour space and the facilities need to be available to the public at all times


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