New market toilets vandalised
TOILETS at the newly extended Soweto market are already vandalised with missing handles and covers in some case and as a result posing a health risk to users. This follows poor sanitation as traders are forced to use toilets without water. A check by the Daily Nation yesterday found most toilets were without water while some sections have leaking pipes with water flowing on the floor. A broken handwashing tap in the ablution block on the right side of the southern entrance has overflowing water into a filled bucket and onto the floor making it hard to get to the toilet without stepping in water. Meanwhile, on the trading ground, dry vegetables and rotten mangos are thrown on unoccupied spaces and into a nearby drainage within the market despite having a designated disposal area. A trader who sought anonymity said, “It’s hard to change people’s minds, they continue to throw garbage in the drainage. They recently opened this market but there is garbage already, the rain season is upon us and we will start crying for sanitation again,” he said. A tomato trader only known as Ba Denis expressed happiness over the new market adding that business was normal and shelter was adequate though some spaces were not yet occupied. He implored fellow marketers to guard the structure jealously because it was built for their economic benefit.
Part of the extended Soweto Market