New mar­ket toi­lets van­dalised

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

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

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