Solar-powered toilets ordered for Nkandla

2012-12-19 18:06

Mangaung - Hot on the heels of the media storm about Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence, the president on Wednesday ordered solar-powered toilets to pilot in the village.

Zuma struck the deal while strolling through the Progressive Business Forum's (PBF) exhibition tent at the Mangaung elective conference.

An excited Geo Heyns of AfricanSanitation promised to deliver the toilets to Zumas KwaZulu-Natal village “early in the new year”.

Zuma, who at one point stuck his hand into a test model toilet at the exhibition stand to test the heat that it generates, described the patent as “revolutionary”.

"Right now, in December, I am going to my village and there are households where we could put this in pilot," Zuma told Heyns. "I want them to bring [the toilets] whilst I’m down there, just to do the experiment."

The loo was patented 7 years ago and one AfriSan Elite toilet unit will cost you R6 500.

But, said Heyns, if the president buys bulk, he’ll knock it down to R4 000 per unit. The toilet is waterless and bakes excrement using solar power.

Zuma visited more than a dozen representatives from a wide range of businesses this morning at the PBF exhibition lounge, ranging from African Rainbow Minerals and Nissan South Africa, to fashion event organisers African Fashion International.

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-19 18:08

    and the Corruption, theft & lies continue......

      jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-12-19 18:13

      Money being flushed down the loo.

      makarapakaplan - 2012-12-19 18:22

      Atleast he is beginning to see how serious global warming has become.

      morne.demeillon - 2012-12-19 18:28

      Never heard of electric toilets! and heat for a toilet?

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 18:36

      The first two are thoughtless, standard drivel for N24 detractors. Iso, You really need to climb up the food chain; Leo, Your feeble attempt at Tribalism is pathetic at best.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-19 18:36

      Get several for Parliament... Oops, no need, lots of baked excrement there already...

      piet.strydom - 2012-12-19 18:37

      Heated toilets? And in Natal!!

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-12-19 18:44

      Even the anc leader of the blind knows EISH-com will leave the flusher stranded....eish, no phhooowwwweeerrrr

      themba.maseko.568 - 2012-12-19 18:52

      Here is a link from Google search about solar-powered toilets that are also produce energy.

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-12-19 18:54

      "bakes excrement using solar power." please test this on @zapadela.tistarocha

      themba.maseko.568 - 2012-12-19 19:01

      I think it is fair to say that we have been brain washed to believing that everything Zuma does is corrupt. This is a world innovation and a businessman wants to market it to Zuma since the man is approachable and open to innovation. What is wrong with that? Is is because DA is not coming up with such innovations and all they know is to criticize the ANC and spread propaganda.

      mefi.boset.56 - 2012-12-19 19:07

      Ag ja, now they cant event wipe their own behinds, they need solar! Ag f@k.

      PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-12-19 19:24

      Oh, how delightful... Zapiro will have a field day with this one! Now please... can someone help me get the picture out of my head of Zuma on the loo? Eeeeuuuuu!!!!!

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-19 19:51

      Guys- crit JZ when he does wrong, not when he does anything. The toilet is described as "composting toilet" on the manufacturer's website (Google it)- so in absence of evidence to the contrary- sustainable and good for the environment. Price tag is comparable to any upmarket loo's (no- not in my home ;-)

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-12-20 03:42


      thato.seloane - 2012-12-20 14:27

      Stupid, a mr Geo Heyns , an "Afrikaner" entrepreneur finally gets a deal and all you spew is cabbage and hatred. There is really no pleasing you mourners on this forum

      jannie.devos.56 - 2012-12-21 08:08

      Solar powered royal throne... Mmmm... Quite a novel idea!

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-12-21 09:50

      What happens if you want to take a dump at night ?

  • debduplessis - 2012-12-19 18:10

    Now we just await Kaga-gate Part 2 ... the sequel

  • paulus.deboer.3 - 2012-12-19 18:11

    Great .. the toilet bakes the excrement. Maybe they can bake them in brick shapes, and use the bricks to build Nkandla. Will be most appropriate.

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-19 18:13

    Haai Zuma where are you going to fit these in Nkandla?, Shem

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-12-19 18:15


      debduplessis - 2012-12-19 18:18

      doesnt exist .... "tenders" are only awarded to family members

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-19 19:03

      Interesting question. There was another man in the solar powered toilet business, who paid over the odds to sit at JZ's table a few days ago and was pretty grumpy that he didn't get breakfast. Same company? Or was this JZ's revenge? ;p

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2012-12-19 21:43

      Yeah, he better make sure he gets paid first before he delivers the toilets, because if zoomer doesnt like them he might send them back, cr@p and all.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-19 22:15

      Nothing ever gets sent back. They get redeployed as toll booths

      Alan - 2012-12-20 10:59

      @ lacrimosewolf: Yes, same company. I bet Zuma believes he can bake the stuff as it exits him due to the vast amount of sunshine in his vicinity.

  • Tseletjie - 2012-12-19 18:23

    That is very good Mr President.It shows that you care about the basic amenities of your community.

      Papiki Hlahane - 2012-12-19 18:39

      community?alas,I thought it could be south africans.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-19 18:53

      His community of Nkandla rejected the idiot and voted for the IFP. Maybe buying them toilets will buy him their votes back

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-19 19:54

      Papiki- they say "start small"... Seriously though- agree with you ;-)

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-12-19 18:29

    Aah Crap......

  • raschid.appoles - 2012-12-19 18:32

    Appropriate to go with all the rest of his crap

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 18:33

    Yippeeeee, That was my idea after all......

  • abner.malema - 2012-12-19 18:37

    Those who elected him in Mangaung in the hope they will get positions are to blame, an illiterate will remain that can't read between lines people are complaining about Nkandla, if he was clever he could have taken the toilets somewhere in the country

      phello.khiba - 2012-12-19 18:58

      don't 4get hore a snake,can only change their skin,but not the heart.zuma will remain let the leadership of anc.remain corrupt..but branches,no mangaung..

  • ryan.raubenheimer.9 - 2012-12-19 18:38

    What a crappy leader.

  • roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-19 18:40

    AND SOUTH AFRICAN SHACKS DONT HAVE TOILETS!!! but pple dancing and singing for his 2nd term!! really now! is our ppl NOT EDUCATED??? BUT AGAIN EVEN THE EDUCATED PPL VOTE FOR HIM.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-19 18:45

      shacks...We know who to thank for that ???

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-12-19 18:59

      18 years of anc power i guess, the voters are reaping the fruit now!

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-12-19 18:41

    This coming from the same guy that threw a tantrum during the manguang spectacle demanding his money back. Guess it pays to piss-off the anc leadership

  • phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-12-19 18:42

    Oh, so we're going to have it fed to us baked now? Who said Mangaung wouldn't bring about change?

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-19 19:56

      Nice one!!!

  • john.rees.1656 - 2012-12-19 18:42 "I am going to complain and claim my money back... not only is the conference very late, but it is so disorganised," said Alfie Heeger, managing director of African Sanitation, a company that builds solar-powered toilets.

      phillip.marchant.52 - 2012-12-19 20:06

      Sharp, John! The floc thickens...

  • MUFHENI - 2012-12-19 18:42

    Mulitsheni a le vho!

  • john.rees.1656 - 2012-12-19 18:43

    "I am going to complain and claim my money back... not only is the conference very late, but it is so disorganised," said Alfie Heeger, managing director of African Sanitation, a company that builds solar-powered toilets.

  • mzuvumile.g.mnqanqeni - 2012-12-19 18:45

    Who cares what Zuma does because he is gonna continue with his shenanigans anyway.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-12-19 18:51

    Baked poo amuses a baked brain... That should have been the headline!

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-19 18:51

    Sounds like another ANC crappy half baked idea.. Did this go to tender or has his nephew shares in this business. What happens to the crap when there is no sun for the day or week..

  • john.thelps - 2012-12-19 18:52

    This oak paid R500K to sit at his table. They are all thieves!!!!!!!!!!!! I must pay my hard earned money so this idiot can have a R4000 toilet.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-12-19 18:59

      I wonder if zooooma checked the company's BEE rating before placing his order

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-19 18:59


  • madise.paul - 2012-12-19 18:52

    hahaha zoom zooom thats ma President lol!!!!!

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-12-19 18:55

    And when there is no sun, what happens to the pies then... Last comment of mine was censored, must have been a cr... one. Did this go to tender to or is their a baby Z "silent" partner..

  • neil.lovegrove - 2012-12-19 18:56

    Well there is no shortage of poop spewing out of the mouths of the resident poopers there, is there?

  • jmlongwe - 2012-12-19 18:56

    I refuse to read an entire article about 'toilets'

  • tatana.mhlongo - 2012-12-19 19:10

    Is this your highest priority, how long you had this plan in your HEAD if ever it existed? I was under impression that your next move is to get two to three wives for tax payers to feed them, or is that coming-up if you win 2014 elections? The embarrassment moment for me will be to put a cross on your head (face) during the erections sorry meant elections, in 2014!

      christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-19 19:33

      Tatana, is it not a shame that this is the first report we hear since his re-election? Well, I suppose it is in line with his plan to make SA a crapdump!!!

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-19 20:00

      Hey- look- one thing we ALL have in common, is that when we have to go, we have to go! (in my case on a R450 loo- but each to their own- right? ;-)

  • freddy.masia.52 - 2012-12-19 19:10

    i'd rather shut my mouth, will he be a president 4 the nxt 5yrs? just asking

  • Erna - 2012-12-19 19:13

    Who's paying?

  • sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-12-19 19:28

    You guys are dummies, did Zuma bought the toilets or I quote "Right now, in December, I am going to my village and there are households where we could put this in pilot," Zuma told Heyns. "I want them to bring [the toilets] whilst I’m down there, just to do the experiment." fact you if I say you dummy am being kind to you..actually, you are morons and the dumpest things ever that breathed..anyone person who is believing such crap which is sensationalized is stupid..yes stupid and I know you dummies will try and reply to me..please spare me your stupidity..dummies..yes man how dummy can you get..

      Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-12-19 19:37

      Hey fotshek wena!

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-19 20:02

      I think the point is never to take toilet humour too seriously...

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-12-19 21:27

      Yep Tony point remains you still stupid and any person who can read the story and come with you understanding is way too dummy to engage with me even my seven year old have more brain cells than that person.

      Mondli Dladla - 2012-12-19 22:46

      hey wena may be udakiwe

      james.looch - 2012-12-20 09:08

      Are these crappers to be paid for out of my tax money?

  • truthbetold221 - 2012-12-19 19:34

    ...for Nkandla...again...

  • Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-12-19 19:34

    What's next???

  • sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-12-19 19:42

    As a matter of fact I will report this article to the editors forum..thi is the exactly the type of sensetionalize journalism which necessitated the protection of information bill..this article is misleading and any person who believes basically insane.

      MagdaKus - 2012-12-19 20:05

      The article's inoffensive- though I can see how someone could object to the user comments it provoked. In the interest of fairness, the reporter should have pointed out the ecological benefits of the product... But look- I think we South Africans should not take everything too seriously- particularly not this topic.

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-12-19 21:35

      MagdaKus this is the type of journalism which ANC will use in their defence in pass the protection of secret information bill..I have pointed this article to a few of south african national editors forum and 95% of them concur with me and already engaged the editor and press ombudsman and have already received a response from press ombudsman who are also engaging media not doing this for Jacob Zuma but for unbiased and fair news reporting which is paraded by SANEF..if it means I go to court to send this message accross I will.

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-12-19 22:56

      Sfiso did you perhaps stick your head into one of these solar powered poo baking toilets? And NO most of us reading this article aren't insane, maybe this is a question you should ask yourself hmmmmm ???

      mshiniboys - 2012-12-20 06:25

      We are not your children.

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-12-20 07:21

      Any sane person would have seen just by reading the article that no sale occured as insunuated by this article, only an expression of interest of which is every person's right to excercise and Mr. Zuma that when they bring the toilet to him is for the seller and him to experiment/demonstrate and that doesnt amount to conclusion of sale, no contractual obligation were entered into as prescribed by this article.

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-12-20 07:37

      Sydney with all respect in the world a man in you position in life, stature who lives a simple life in a township cant really call me a bafoon, I suggest you focus on being a good father to your daughter and respect everyone's right.

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-12-19 19:44

    A znub in the face to the one who 'wanted his money back' - or are they one in the same?

  • valashiya - 2012-12-19 19:45

    Yhaaa neh

  • kitty2wp - 2012-12-19 19:46

    perhaps ANC can put a solar panel on every RDP house to help with energy saving seen as 20yrs on and there are even more poor people than before. But of course what will happen - the established areas will subside the locations, and pools and hosepipe restrictions enforced.

  • hezekiel.lefopane - 2012-12-19 20:07

    Maybe Zuma want to protect himself from those white terrorists with this solar toilets...

  • chrisfourielipman - 2012-12-19 20:17

    Zuma, you should not sit on that toilet, after all it does bakes excrement.

      lsmalope - 2012-12-19 21:32

      ahhh... Dude!!!

  • shirley.redman.5 - 2012-12-19 20:19

    So does Zuma and all his fat wives think the sun shines out their ass....

      Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-19 20:40

      Shirly.Redman.5..........No u crazy lol....

  • Bob - 2012-12-19 20:23

    The toilet is waterless and bakes excrement using solar power - what... is it going to turn it into some kind of turd cake?

  • corlieels.mynhardt - 2012-12-19 20:40

    So far far away from some of his people that must do their thing behind the bush!

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-12-19 20:48

    Urine diversion toilets connected to a biodigester make far more sense, as they produce gas and compost

  • mmasemene1 - 2012-12-19 21:00

    If we don't ever want to read/hear about JZ's corruption it is up to us as the nation to make it happen. If he wants to buy those toilets, who would stop him? Yes he was elected as the anc's president for the coming 5 years bt that does not mean he can still be our president. We will all get a chance to vote next year, let's use our votes wisely...

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-12-19 21:02

    News24 here is scoop about Nkandla Zuma family is going to celebrate christmas all of them as a family including Khulobuse Zuma since you write anything about Nkandla I approve this article

  • felican - 2012-12-19 21:35

    Now that is what I call a REALLY HOT seat...

  • RudiErnst - 2012-12-19 22:15

    "the toilet... bakes excrement..." They should install one just under Zuma's mouth as a pilot project. And once that thing is perfect, try the next version under Malema's mouth. Tons upon tons of baked excrement.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-12-20 03:40

    and the majority voters are stuck with the bucket system.. Shame on you!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-20 06:21

    Im more fascinated by the toilets than the story...ok its a toilet story anyway.

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-12-20 06:26

    Told you he was full of crap

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-12-20 07:18

    Solar powered crappers..baked this a possible solution to word hunger ?? Lets experiment with sh*t )ou corrupt bastard ,!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-20 10:02

    Ask for payment up front.