Cape Town doubles toilets in poor areas

2013-02-13 09:48

Cape Town - The number of toilets provided in Cape Town's informal settlements has more than doubled in seven years, the Cape Times reported on Wednesday.

Addressing the Cape Town civic centre on the provision of services to the poor, mayor Patricia de Lille said there were 14 951 toilets in 2006/7 and this had risen to 34 225 in the last year.

"If you don't focus on the poorer areas then you are ignoring the areas where the majority of Capetonians live," she said.

According to the report, the city had 204 informal settlements with over 193 000 households.

Open toilets saga

The city attracted negative publicity in 2009 when the ANC Youth League lodged complaints with the Human Rights Commission about open toilets in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.

De Lille said more than half the city's operational budget of R18m was being spent on poorer areas in the current financial year.

She called on residents to be more protective of the services delivered to them so the city could fund new services.

Over R115m had already been spent repairing vandalised sewers in the last year.

  • gerhard.debruijn - 2013-02-13 10:02

    Ok ANC, Your move.

      boerewors.braaivleis - 2013-02-13 10:32

      If the people did not protest so much and cause so much destruction in the process, they would have had a lot more by now.

      pws69 - 2013-02-13 11:36

      The ANC are still trying to figure out how to cover toilets more than 10 years later in Viljoenskroon, so please leave them alone. Don't want to break the intense concentration required to figure out how to build 4 walls and put on a roof. Also noticeably missing from Viljoenskroon (besides the toilets walls and roofs) is the ANCYL, making it ungovernable because of the racist and colonialist tendencies of the ANC who don't care about the poor.

      charlesglass1895 - 2013-02-13 14:29

      @Bafana Where would you like those people to s**t?? Are you going to make your toilet available? Then shut your stupid mouth and come up with a better solution before showing EVERYONE that you are an idiot.

  • avremel.niselow - 2013-02-13 10:14

    The ANC is great at doubling things: corruption and wives.

  • zelda.matthews - 2013-02-13 10:37

    Oh my hat Bafana! Now thats the doffest thing i have heard. My 3 year old has more brain cells

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-13 12:18

      Did you delete my comments? They have mysterious disappeared

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-02-13 12:26

      bafana stop teasing/stirring the people. You know farts disappear quickly in the wind.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-13 12:26

      Only News24 can delete your comments, Bafana, but given their general gist, I would if I could.

      bafana.ndlovu.9026 - 2013-02-13 12:52

      So why did you do it Terisa? this goes againts my right of free speech

      kimsaiyanprincess.murison - 2013-02-13 13:50

      - I can't believe what's happening on this post! hahhahahah

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-13 14:21

      Do what, Bafana? ONLY New24 can delete your posts. And you have freedom of speech guaranteed, but no guarantee for spewing racist stupidity.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-13 10:55

    How do you get those that vandalize to understand that in the end they only vandalize their own good?.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-02-13 12:27

      The ANCYL were responsible; they vandalised toilets built for the people.

  • jean.tredoux.31 - 2013-02-13 11:39

    These people want to live in K** conditions... Sometimes I wonder if I must feel any sympathy or remorse for people living in poverty cos really the little that the have and then still destroy it I guess is beyond my understanding!!

  • Roy Chambal - 2013-02-13 11:44

    infact this is not ANC doubling the numbers this time is DA, remember Patricia Helen and Lindiwe own Cape town so is DA - i didn't even know the toilets also come with Toilet paper supply, wow ... eish i love this country, infact SA is the only country in the world where Political parties have to bribe voters by promising and issuing them freebies just for them to be voted, I LOVE THIS country

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