Meet Helene – the woman who is changing the face of pit toilets in SA

Meet Helene – the woman who is changing the face of pit toilets in SA

- Tito Mboweni stated that R800 million has been allocated to the national budget to deal with school infrastructure and eliminating pit toilets

- Lumka Mketwa, a 5-year-old learner, died in a pit toilet earlier this year

- Helene Bramwell launched the Donate-a-Loo project to donate eco-toilets to impoverished schools across Gauteng

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Tito Mboweni, Minister of Finance, declared last month that Treasury allocated R800 million to improving school infrastructure and the eradication of pit latrines.

A pit toilet is essentially a hole dug in the ground with a concrete platform above it.

Briefly.co.za noted that South Africans were horrified to learn of Lumka Mketwa’s death in March of this year.

The 5-year-old learner utilised the archaic structure and fell into the hole as she drowned to death.

It was not an isolated incident as Michael Komape plummeted to his death 4 years earlier in a similar situation.

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One proactive South African woman decided enough is enough and initiated the Donate-a-Loo Schools Project.

Helene Bramwell founded the project in an attempt to save the lives of young children and maintain their dignity in the process.

Bramwell, who owns The Mask Skin & Body Clinic in Parkview, established the initiative through the help of benefactors and donors.

The organisation launched their first project on the 19th November at the Paradise Bend Primary School in Diepsloot.

Goodthingsguy.com reported that six ‘enviro’ loos were donated and installed, each to the value of R13 000.

Each unit contains hand sanitiser containers and toilet roll dispensers.

An excited Bramwell said, “We are so proud and grateful to our benefactors and supporters for supporting the Donate-a-Loo Schools Project. The ‘enviro’ loo is a long-term sustainable solution as it has a life span of more than 50 years and it’s a once-off expense as it conserves water resources, requires no expensive reticulation or sewage treatment plant and comes with a two-year maintenance plan for the recipient school. This is our first site and we look forward to rolling out this initiative to earmarked schools in the Gauteng area as we receive funding.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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