Forget power cuts. What is happening to our water supply is much more serious. After two decades of little or no maintenance of municipal sewerage plants, corruption and indifference, South Africans are vulnerable to medieval, water-borne diseases and something even more serious: thirst.
LIMPOPO – After weeks of patients and staff having the use of only a single toilet at Sibasa clinic in Makwarela, outside Thohoyandou, an expose by Health-e News has prompted action by the Department of Health.
Five years after pledges were made to address sanitation issues in Gauteng schools, still there are schools with more than 51 learners poor toilet, broken toilets, broken taps, toilet doors that don’t lock and schools with more than 400 children per cleaner.
KWAZULU NATAL – Residents of Bester in KwaMashu north of Durban have been living with the overwhelming stench of overflowing toilets in the area for many years – and the situation is becoming worse.
LIMPOPO – The Vhembe District Office of the Department of Health has undertaken to repair damaged toilets at Sibasa Clinic in Makwarela outside Thohoyandou following several complaints made by patients.
EASTERN CAPE – For the people of Flagstaff access to basic sanitation services remains a massive and ongoing challenge, and even the municipal efforts underway to address the problem are failing.