- Lindiwe Sisulu has announced an ambitious goal to eradicate the bucket system
- The minister also said her department would be addressing water scarcity
- Sisulu also said that the the department of water and sanitation needed to have greater financial accountability
Lindiwe Sisulu, the new Human Settlements and Water and Sanitation Minister, has said that government will eradicate bucket toilets in the next six months.
She has identified getting rid of the bucket system as one of her department's key challenges.
Sisulu also says the department must strive to ensure greater financial accountability.
The water and sanitation department has had a relatively poor track record over the last several years, with numerous scandals emerging and many communities across the country still without proper access to water and plumbing.
Despite this, Sisulu has expressed confidence that the department will perform well over the coming months. She says that the department has plans to improve the infrastructure in several areas, pointing to Cosmo City in northern Johannesburg as a model of the kind of settlements they are working towards.
Additionally, Sisulu identified other water issues - such as water scarcity - as key problems she wished to tackle. According to News24, she used Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) as an example. The university town has repeatedly struggled with low water levels over the last few years.
Sisulu also said that the definition of a human settlement shifted over time and that her department would have to work to keep up with changing demands for sanitation and infrastructure, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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