Uri­nals to re­lieve metro

Por­ta­ble san­i­tary bowls to sat­isfy re­quest of res­i­dents

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER

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

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WEL­COME RE­LIEF: Dur­ban city cen­tre will now be less smelly af­ter 36 por­ta­ble uri­nals were placed in it.

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