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Sol Plaatje Municipality to embark on toilet reconstruction project

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MORE than 2 640 residents in Kutlwanong, Kagisho and Phomolong will have access to better sanitation facilities when the Sol Plaatje Municipality embarks on its toilet reconstruction project this month.

Municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie said the aim of the project is to eradicate the bucket system in the city and to also upgrade the sanitation system.

“This project falls in line with the objective of the Bucket Eradication Programme, which is to eradicate all bucket toilets across the country.

“Some of our sanitation infrastructure from pre-1994 and immediately thereafter has deteriorated significantly in some parts of the areas within our municipality. These include the dilapidated toilet top structures in Kutlwanong, Kagisho and Phomolong and other areas that were built in the past.

“The project is to improve the provision of sanitation services by providing decent toilet top structures to 2 647 beneficiaries – from corrugated steel that was built pre-1994 to bricks – in the Sol Plaatje Municipality. The condition of these structures have been deemed to compromise the dignity of the affected community. The need to refurbish or reconstruct these facilities remains a priority for the municipality,” said Matsie.

He said the first phase of the project will entail the reconstruction of more than 300 toilet structures.

“The project entails the reconstruction of the first phase of 320 toilet structures that are ready for implementation. The project is expected to start within March 2021, while the service providers have been appointed through the supply chain management to work on the implementation of the project,” Matsie said.