HEALTH HAZ­ARD:

PUBLIC TOI­LETS FORCE COM­MUTERS TO USE BUSH

Go! & Express - - Front Page - QHAMANI LINGANI

DE­SPITE Buf­falo City Metro be­ing aware of the state of ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties at the Bea­con Bay Taxi Rank, they have not been able to do any­thing to fix the prob­lem.

Speak­ing to the GO! last week, taxi driver Masikhum­bule Bal­iso said the state of the public toi­lets has been like that for the past four to six months. When they ap­proach the BCM-em­ployed clean­ers about it, they are told to mind their own busi­ness.

“They [BCM work­ers] tell us to go and drive taxis and stay out of their jobs. We can’t live like this. This is un­hy­gienic.”

The taxi driv­ers showed the GO! re­porter where they uri­nate – a grass area by the fence at Spargs Su­per­mar­ket in Bea­con Bay. The grass has turned brown be­cause of this.

“We also used to go to the petrol sta­tion to re­lieve our­selves, not any­more be­cause they make us pay R2 now. The KFC here al­ways says we have to buy first be­fore we can use the toi­let, this is why we have re­sorted to uri­nat­ing out­side here,” an­other taxi driver Banele Phillips said.

In one of the toi­lets, there was fae­ces, oth­ers were blocked and dirty, show­ing they haven’t been used in a very long time.

Phillips al­leged that the two BCM em­ploy­ees who are meant to clean both the ladies and gents toi­lets, use the cu­bi­cle for the dis­abled per­sons for cook­ing.

“They get here in the morn­ing and leave be­fore 12 mid­day, they never at­tempt to clean,” he said.

Asked about this, BCM spokesman Samkelo Ng­wenya said BCM is aware that the ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties at the taxi rank have not been in a good state due to van­dal­ism.

“The iron door, pipes and the uri­nal in the men’s toi­let have been re­moved re­sult­ing in peo­ple re­liev­ing them­selves on the floor. Money has been al­lo­cated and a ser­vice provider has been ap­pointed to fix public toi­lets in the coastal re­gion start­ing from [East Lon­don] town to Gonu­bie,” he said.

Pic­ture: QHAMANI LINGANI

UN­HY­GIENIC: The bad state of the toi­let fa­cil­i­ties at the Bea­con Bay Taxi Rank has led to peo­ple uri­nat­ing on an open piece of land in the area

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