When local community leader Tshepo Skhosana of Soshanguve’s Block K heard that Marothodi, 67, had been living for years with a broken toilet, he and his cousin decided to do something about it. Using his cousin’s construction connections, Skhosana was able to donate a new toilet system to replace Marothodi’s broken, old toilet.
Buying a new system had been out of the question for the pensioner who struggles to put food on the table. No one in the family is working, she added.
The family was previously using a bucket to flush the toilet with the crumbling bowl.
Local plumber Abraham Maepa was happy to donate his services to fit the toilet for free.
“I am very happy to finally get my flushing toilet back,” said Marothodi, who thanked the young people in her community for assisting her.
Local nurse Elizabeth Mokoma said that inadequate sanitation, like broken toilets, that puts people in contact with human waste can breed disease. She added that this is particularly dangerous for those with compromised immune systems such as the elderly and young children.