Urinals to relieve metro
Portable sanitary bowls to satisfy request of residents
AN ADDITIONAL 36 portable urinals have been placed at various locations within the Durban city centre, the eThekwini metro said.
The city said this was to further enhance basic delivery of service to residents and that there were plans to procure more ablution facilities to meet public demand.
“eThekwini municipality seeks to ensure that essential services are delivered to all residents in all parts of the city. This includes access to ablution facilities. In order to combat the contravention of the municipality’s nuisances and behaviour in public places by-law which prohibits urinating in public, the city has rolled out public urinals in the city centre,” the municipality said.
According to the municipality, this concept was introduced as an intervention to curb people from urinating in the passages of buildings in the city centre.
“The urinals have been placed mainly at taxi ranks to meet the needs of the public, following requests from informal traders and commuters for more public facilities especially for late night commuters who travel home after work,”it said.
Inner City Thekwini Regeneration and Urban Management Programme (iTRUMP) senior manager Hoosen Moolla said the city removes on average 70 000 litres of urine from the urinals within the city centre each month.
He said feedback and reports from various stakeholders within and around the taxi ranks showed there had been an improvement in most of the areas where these urinals had been placed.
However, there are challenges the city faces regarding maintaining the public ablution areas which includes street children removing the draining tap from the urinals and vandalism. The placement of additional urinals was a joint initiative by the iTRUMP and eThewkini Transport Authority. Presently the city has two service providers each providing 18 urinals with their contracts expiring in August. Moolla said the new contracts would include increasing the number of portable toilets throughout the CBD. – 701198
WELCOME RELIEF: Durban city centre will now be less smelly after 36 portable urinals were placed in it.