Residents take matters into own hands, build toilets from crowdfunding

Residents take matters into own hands, build toilets from crowdfunding

- Mzondi informal settlement residents crowdfunded recently

- They raised money to build toilets

- However, they need help from Ekurhuleni Municipality

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Community members in the Mzondi informal settlement recently took matters into their own hands to improve sanitation in their area.

The settlement, located in Ivory Park in Johannesburg east, has relied on one toilet for every hundred people for years, Briefly.co.za learned.

This will soon change after residents crowdfunded R67,000 in March to build nine flushing toilets, according to GroundUp.

Some of the residents pictured constructing one of the toilets. Source: GroundUp/Zoë Postman

Some of the residents pictured constructing one of the toilets. Source: GroundUp/Zoë Postman

Although construction has already has started, the community needs Ekurhuleni Municipality's assistance to access an underground sewer pipe located in a nearby area.

However, the municipality has not yet responded to their requests so far, according to community leader Lesley Mashao. He said:

This is the only thing that will delay our project. We tried speaking to them at imbizos. We tried sending messages and emails‚ but they keep promising to come‚ but they never show up.

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They are nevertheless forging ahead with the project. Residents expressed relief that sanitation will now improve. Furthermore, their children will be safe from falling into pit latrines.

The new toilets also mean that the foul-smelling pit latrines will be a thing of the past. A resident, Busisiwe Radebe, said:

We are so grateful because we can finally live like human beings.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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