No more squatting in the bush
The days of hiding in the bush and behind trees to relieve themselves are numbered.
Nearly one million residents of Mopani in Limpopo will soon have toilets.
The Mopani district municipality has set aside R70million this financial year to address the sanitation crisis.
Construction work in the five local municipalities will start in October.
The money will be used to build 12600 pit toilets in rural areas of the district.
The project will boost the economy of the district while providing jobs to the locals.
The Giyani and Maruleng municipalities will get 3300 toilets each, while Tzaneen will receive 3000, and BaPhalaborwa will have 1000 toilets.
A further 8000 toilets were built in the last financial year, bringing the total to 20600 pit toilets that were built between the 2007-09 financial years, said chief finance officer, Molefe Mokgoloboto yesterday.
Mokgoloboto said the toilets would only be erected for indigent families who cannot afford to build a toilet of their own.
He said before 1994 an estimated 700000 of the one million residents of the district were using the bush as toilets.
"This gave rise to opportunistic diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhea," Mokgoloboto said.
Meanwhile, a total of 8000 toilets were built last year and more than 2000 jobs were created for the youth, women and disabled people.
One of the service providers, Nakampe Isaac Moshole, said natural phenomena such as rain and thunder storms sometimes hampered the speedy delivery of services.
"During rainy days construction comes to a total standstill," he said. "This affects the deadline on which the toilets should be completed."