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Nature is calling, will we pick up?

While access to adequate sanitation is a basic human right millions of people around the world still practise open defecation. This is particularly shocking when you consider the impact that exposure to human faeces has on public health, living and...
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Call for better sanitation in Khayelitsha

The Department of Water and Sanitation has met with the Khayelitsha Water and Sanitation Forum to discuss water and sanitation issues affecting the community of Khayelitsha. This follows the announcement by Social Justice Coalition (SJC) last month...
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Three ways new toilet will help women

A new waterless toilet soon to be trialled in Africa may not start a feminist revolution, but it will go a long way to addressing some urgent and practical needs of women and girls – and for all the international conferences and commitments...

Tackling Durban’s sanitation crisis head on

eThekweni Municipality is tackling the challenge of providing sanitation and water to its rural and peri-urban communities through the provision of urine diversion toilet. The rollout began with a pilot project in uMzinyathiu, a peri-urban area...

Urbanisation contributes to lack of proper sanitation

The movement of people to major urban centres and mushrooming of shanty towns is throttling the government’s best efforts to provide proper sanitation for all its people, says Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Zoe Kota-Fredericks. Speaking at...

Sanitation crisis: Government must pay attention

South Africa is facing a sanitation crisis aggravated by rapid urbanisation, a world toilet summit has heard. The chairwoman of Parliament’s human settlements portfolio committee, Beauty Dambuza, said last Tuesday there were huge disparities...