Delay in ridding Bay of bucket toilets
THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality could miss its December deadline to eradicate all bucket toilets in the city if it does not quickly come up with a back-up plan.
This was revealed at a meeting of the committee for infrastructure, engineering and energy yesterday.
One of the biggest challenges hampering the city’s attempts to completely do away with about 12 795 bucket toilets is that residents do not necessarily accept the idea of a single toilet in their areas.
Lauré Pieterse, director for planning and research, said they were forging ahead with building toilets in five wards, but there were challenges.
Residents feel that if they accept the toilets, they will have to wait longer for their RDP houses.
This is delaying the construction of the facilities.
“We need some kind of political intervention,” Pieterse said.
DA councillor Thobani Noqoli also initially expressed his doubt that the total eradication of bucket toilets would be possible by the end of the year – as promised by mayor Athol Trollip in his inaugural speech.
“We won’t meet the deadline with the challenges presented here,” he said.
“Let’s see if the mayoral committee comes up with recommendations.”
Noqoli was, however, reassured by the municipality’s Plan B, which is the idea of introducing chemical toilets in the communities.
Barry Martin, director of water and sanitation, warned that the proposed temporary measure would be a costly one.
“We’ve always been cognisant that we need a Plan B and chemical toilets would be that option, but historically we have shied away from using it as it is hugely costly.
“We are saving so much by installing proper toilets.”
Despite only having approximately 80 working days left to meet the deadline, committee chairwoman Annette Lovemore told the meeting she was still confident.
“Our approach is to fast-track construction in the wards [that have accepted the development] and make sure the system works so other communities can see it in action and hopefully desire it as well.”