Access to adequate toilets hindered by blockages in the system
On World Toilet Day, 2.5-billion people sit without access to adequate sanitation. A child dies every 15 seconds as a result. In South Africa the move towards universal access has improved since 1994, but the census showed that 5.2% of households still do not have access.
After several court cases and departmental pronouncements, this basic sanitation has been defined as to either be in the form of a flush toilet or a ventilated toilet. In its headline pronouncements about sanitation, government says that 13% of people do not have any access to any kind of toilet.
And a further 2.1% are using the bucket system. This makes sanitation the one millenium development goal that the country is having a hard time meeting.
Last year we saw the municipal election turn into the saga of open toilets. As a result the department of human settlements, which runs sanitation, asked a task team to tour the country and find out more about the situation.
When he presented this report, Tokyo Sexwale, its minister, was adamant that sanitation would take centre stage in future infrastructure rollouts.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & Guardian