Durban to host World Toilet Summit

2012-03-16 18:01

Johannesburg - South Africa will host the 12th annual World Toilet Summit in Durban in December 2012, the SA Toilet Organisation (Sato) said on Friday.

The summit, a World Toilet Organisation (WTO) event, is expected to attract over 1 000 delegates and exhibitors to Durban.

It will focus on human rights and health and hygiene.

Sato and the WTO aim to improve the quality of human life and to ensure dignity through the provision of adequate sanitation solutions for all people.

"It is estimated that up to 2.6 billion people throughout the world do not have access to proper sanitation," the statement said.

Children under the age of 5 are particularly vulnerable as a result of inadequate sanitation.

"Every 15 seconds a child under the age of 5 years dies from a diarrhoea-related illness. In a modern society this would be deemed unacceptable, yet millions of African children face this disease every day," said Alfie Heeger, founder of Sato.

The summit would not only highlight the problems associated with a lack of toilets, but would also adopt resolutions to achieve sanitation goals, he said.

"Access to water and sanitation by all Africans is no longer a debatable issue, but a fundamental human right."

The summit will focus on the sanitation-related problems facing Africa and the plight of 600 million African people, mostly women and children, who do not have access to proper toilet facilities.

About 11% of the world's population remains without access to safe drinking water, and billions are without sanitation facilities.

  • michael.liebenberg - 2012-03-16 18:13

    Hope no causes sh*t at the summit

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-16 18:30

      Dirtbin hosting a summit on toilets, it's a pity Municipal Mike has left the building, he talked it all the time.

      jandreleroux - 2012-03-16 18:47

      Why are there no The country is going down the drains jokes?

      Fussed - 2012-03-16 18:49

      anc suporters with a mouth full of samples

      Robin - 2012-03-16 19:36

      Wha ha ha!!!

  • Blip - 2012-03-16 18:13

    SATO? What are the benefits of membership?

  • Tony - 2012-03-16 18:15

    Toilet summit, full of ANCYL supporters, hope they get a good seat.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-16 19:14

      I'm sure they will seeing as they are all so flush with cash :)

      Jacqui - 2012-03-17 00:45


  • Wesley - 2012-03-16 18:16

    What do you do at a toilet summit? Talking sh1t all the time

  • Dmitri - 2012-03-16 18:27

    Toilet summit...............LOL

  • hc12345 - 2012-03-16 18:32

    Anything to make a few bucks!!!

  • Cliff - 2012-03-16 18:40

    I am in. Want to really push my point...

      Fussed - 2012-03-16 18:55

      Pass the paper please

      Fussed - 2012-03-16 19:59

      Another white paper to discuss

      Fussed - 2012-03-16 20:03

      No Point bru just putty

  • Ant138 - 2012-03-16 18:42

    Perfect job for Juliass!

  • Shirley - 2012-03-16 18:46

    Im sure they will as Malema to be a geust speaker-he has first hand knowledge of living with verbal diarrea.

      Fussed - 2012-03-16 18:59

      This can only be a Royal Flush

  • Brendon Robb - 2012-03-16 18:47

    I really think this is going to cause a stink... Excuse me I have to run!!!

  • Kai - 2012-03-16 18:51

    Will it be an open air summit?

      Fussed - 2012-03-16 18:54

      Where they can get there 2 cents worth

  • Jean - 2012-03-16 19:01

    NOOOOOOO!!!!?? Toilet summit??? flippit!! :D

  • Hugh - 2012-03-16 19:03

    The lavatory is also known as the Crapper after its inventor. This summit will be like all others that government is involved in all crap and hot air.

  • Cecelia - 2012-03-16 19:03

    Toilet summit?? LOL!! Imagine being a deligate and someone asks you where you are going... to the toilet summit.... I think thats hillarious!

      Jean - 2012-03-16 19:18

      Wahahaha!!! How can one take it seriously...

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-17 18:22

      Hilarious indeed Hehehehehehehe!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-16 20:11

    Sato. South African Toilet Organization. Sounds a bit sexist if you ask me. But sometimes I sat too. This summit is sure to see some of old farts and are soles spewing a lot of hot air. The WTO must be a very interesting organisation, because not all people treat their nether regions the same. Some use paper, some use water, some use leaves and some just leave. So there must be many different designs. Nowadays we must save the trees. So we can't use too much paper. Paper comes from trees. I've seen this with my own eyes. Check any lavora tree and you will see rolls of paper. We must save water too. It is very scarce. Funny thing this. The Arabs come from the desert and they are the ones who insist on using water to clean their volcanoes. I can just hear them, after days of nothing but sand, getting to a place of water , saying: Oh! Ay! and those who want to drink the water, saying: Sis! So all you hear at these places are constant chants of Oh!Ay!Sis!. Toilets of today aren't as exciting as they used to be.I remember the wooden structure we had a few hundred metres from the house. It always was an adventure to go. Especially at night. Sometimes we had to dodge the puff adders and there were pretty arrogant and rapid spiders between the planks. I never sat down. Always squatted. This had the added advantage of a longer acceleration time. A more satisfying plonk. The pumpkins and tomatoes from ex toilet sites were as breathtaking as the original structure.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-17 00:47

      Lol! Excellent!

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 20:23 not cool is that...are we allowed to used during exhibition.

  • Jonathan - 2012-03-16 20:25

    This is a joke sure. Is comrade Julius the key note speaker/

  • luytster - 2012-03-16 21:55

    Catering done by Ndebele family member, Eat and run.

      Fussed - 2012-03-17 07:33

      Food on the move

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-17 00:44

    what a waste of time and money - rather spend it on building toilets for those who don't have. Just enclose them this time!

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