State needs two more years to eradicate pit latrines at schools

State needs two more years to eradicate pit latrines at schools

- The Basic Education Department wants to eradicate pit toilets but says it will take at least another two years

- Adverse weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal posed as a setback by wreaking havoc on infrastructure

- The funding made available to solve this issue has also added time constraints

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The Basic Education Department has announced that it will take a minimum of two more years to eradicate pit toilets in South African schools.

eNCA reports that storms in KwaZulu-Natal served as a major hurdle to this endeavour, by doing immense damage to existing infrastructure.

Director-General Mathanzima Mweli commented in the long road ahead to see the end of pit latrines:

"What compounds our problem is that during the festive season the storms that we had destroyed many schools in KZN. Over a thousand schools were damaged in Ixopo."

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The official says that the state has allocated funds for three years to ensure schools have acceptable ablution facilities.

"By the financial year of 2021/2022, we should have eradicated all pit latrines."

The department has warned citizens that it cannot guarantee children will be safe in the time it takes to solve the pressing issue, gathered.

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