AFTER years of suffering and being unable to use the school toilets due to on-going water shortages in the area, Ndlelayabasha Primary School in Willowfontein was donated 16 precast toilets. The toilets were donated by Pretoria-based company Betram PTY LTD (Amalooloo), who are experts in dry sanitatiin. They were formally handed over to the school on Tuesday. The toilets have urine separate technology which separates urine from faeces and toilet paper.The waste will then be removed from the toilets and burnt during school holidays. Echo previously reported on the struggles that the rural-based school faced. The school was forced to send children home whenever they ran out of water because they as they used flushable toilets. If there was no water, the school was forced to close.There are now six new toilets for girls, six for boys, and four for teachers. Project manager Curtis Diago said they decided to come and help the school after they saw an article about the school’s struggles. “We learned about the school’s problem in October last year after it was reported in the media.We then decided to visit the school and met with the school and the School Governing Body (SGB). We were very disturbed by the situation— that if there is no water then there is no schooling. “We believe that education must come first and we must not deny the children education — they must be educated. “After the meeting, we engaged with different stakeholders, including the Department of Education, [informing them] that Amalooloo is going to donate toilets to the school and the installation will not disrupt school proceedings,” he said. Diago said the whole project, which cost R200 000, started in November and was completed in December. He also added that although Ndlelayabasha Primary was the first school that they have assisted in KwaZulu-Natal, they are two schools in Ilembe District that are on their donation list at the moment. School Principal Xolani Ndlela said: “We thank Amalooloo for their generous donation — they have come to our rescue. Now we will not have problems as we have backup toilets if we run out of water.” Grade 7 pupil Sbahle Khanyeza also expressed her gratitude to Amalooloo. “This is going to help us a lot and our dignity is going to be restored now. “We do not have to worry about toilet problems anymore because you have come to our rescue,” she said.The school was forced to send children home whenever they ran out of water because they were using flushing toilets. If there was no water, the school was forced to closed.