The City of Johannesburg recently handed over ablution facilities to the Zamimpilo Informal Settlement community, effectively servicing 1 900 households.The project¸ which forms part of Johannesburg Water’s Basic Services Programme, was aimed at eradicating basic services backlogs in informal settlements. The handover of the first phase of the project, which cost R4 million, will pave the way for the completion of the second phase with a further 2 659 households to be serviced.
Job creationThe project involved connection to the existing sewer infrastructure and the installation of solar panels for lighting. According to the City the project also helped to create jobs for the local community with 30 labourers, 20 facilitators and 3 security personnel employed from the community since the start of this project in June 2018.
Isaac Dhludhlu, Communication and Marketing Manager at Johannesburg Water, notes that the savings achieved during the previous financial year have been redirected into bringing Diphetogo (real change) to communities like Zamimpilo by enhancing critical service delivery areas.