“To date, the Municipality has improved access to sanitation to 91%. The Municipality is committed to eradicating the inhumane and humiliating bucket system that is still in use in a number of local communities,” this was the commitment made by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla, in the State of the Metro Address last year in April.
Responding to the call made by the Executive Mayor, the Municipality’s Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate, working closely with the Human Settlements Directorate, has been working around the clock, laying foundations of a plan to deliver on the commitment made by the Executive Mayor. True to that commitment, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will officially launch the Bucket Eradication Programme in Khayamnandi, Despatch on February 24, 2015.
This programme will entail a three pronged approach that will in total cost approximately R500 million over three to four years. The first phase is a communal ablution facility phase that will be erected in densely populated informal settlements. The next phase is the construction of house slabs, with a closed flushing ablution facility while the beneficiary is waiting for the housing subsidy to be approved. The last phase will be a complete house with running water and a working ablution facility. All these phases are expected to run concurrently, depending on the visibility. At the launch the Municipality will unveil the house slab with a closed flushing ablution facility phase.
As the Eradication of Buckets is both local and a national priority, the Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla and some members of the National Assembly and Provincial Legislature are expected to attend the launch. The Deputy Minister will deliver the keynote address at 09h00 on 24 February 2015 in Despatch, Khayamnandi.
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