AFTER many years of having no proper toilets, Khokhwane Primary School in Elandskop received their new toilets last Thursday on Mandela Day.The eight toilets, known as VIP toilets, were donated by Gift of the Givers. This comes after Echo published an article on June 13, about the struggles that the children face everyday of having to use the toilets that are not in good condition.The new toilets were officially handed over to the school last Thursday. 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 drowned in 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.“We also deal with flushable toilets. But because the area has water problems, we decided to build these toilets instead. They are also safe,” he said.He told Echo that it would take at least seven years for them to drain the newly installed pit toilets. School principal Mlungisi Nzimande said they are very grateful to Gift of the Givers. He said they have cordoned off the area where the old toilets are situated with red tape to prevent the children from accessing them.“This is something big to me as a principal. Gift of the Givers have come to our rescue as the toilets that have been reported to be a danger will no longer be used by the children. “Children’s lives are now going to be safe and we urge them to take care of these new toilets. We are very thankful to Gift of the Givers for the gift that they have given to us as a school and as the community as a whole,” he said.Gift of the Givers also donated jerseys, scarves and small blankets for all 451 pupils in the school for winter.