At the BSSF meeting on Tuesday it was noted that beachfront toilets might have to be closed, due to the unavailablility of Metro stores to supply toilet paper.
My further investigations have revealed that our Stores department is short supplying on requisitions for toilet paper and that stocks might run out within the next few days.
This means that all public toilets serviced by the Metro, at buildings, taxi ranks and along the beachfront, will have no toilet paper. Public Health have stated that these facilities will have to be closed.
Evidently the official at SCM who is responsible for this item is Mr Sox Nkanjeni, and he has not been responding to emails from concerned staff.
It is incomprehensible that such a basic necessity, toilet paper, cannot be procured timeously by the officials of SCM.
This Metro is already in a state of crisis, and the threatened closure of all public facilities, due to the lack of toilet paper, will further dent our credibility as a Metro.
Please intervene and establish what is going on within our SCM division.
Please advise soonest what will happen if the Metro stores cannot supply toilet paper.
Our beachfront is already a stinking mess, and this situation cannot be allowed to deteriorate even further through the negligence of SCM officials.
Has Service delivery within this Metro really bottomed out??
I await your earliest reply
Cllr Stanford Slabbert
Ward 1 and BSSF
Editor’s Notes: Joseph C. Gayetty was an American inventor credited with the invention of commercial toilet paper. Gayetty first marketed toilet paper in 1857 which originally sold for US$0.50 in packs of 500 bearing a watermark of his name. His toilet paper came in flat sheets. Another American, Seth Wheeler was, on 25 July 1871, granted US Patent No. 117 355 for rolled and perforated wrapping paper. In 1877, Wheeler reorganized into the Albany Perforated Wrapping Paper Company and began selling Perforated Toilet Paper (‘The Standard’) on a roll. It sold in plain brown wrappers and fit conveniently into the American bathroom, which at the time was quite small.