World Toilet Day brings sanitary awareness across the globe. And, South Africa long faced issues with the provision of adequate toilet facilities in settlements and schools. In fact, the coronavirus highlighted the fact that some schools don’t even get access to freshwater. Although some improvement came since Michael Komape drowned in a school it toiler six years ago, is anyone flush with praise?
World Toilet Day in South Africa not overflowing with success
PR Newswire released a statement that explained Kimberly-Clark and WaterAid helps out “in the Vhembe District of Limpopo.” And, they recently completed one phase of toilet and sanitation improvements. These included, “four inclusive toilet blocks and rehabilitating 19 standpipes.” So hopefully, it helps with “water and sanitation access for 1,200 students and 5,000 community members.”
The country can’t rely only on aid and helpful business ventures for improvement. On World Toilet Day, EWN reported on Amnesty International. Actually, the organisation thinks the situation becomes worse in South Africa. In fact, the pace of improving pit toilets might require another “14 years” yet. And, with the coronavirus, sanitation becomes vital.
South African successes abysmally low
Global Citizen Org noted in late 2019, that hygiene success sounds great. They noted that “only 3% of the population still use bucket toilets.” But, they also noted this translates to “1.7 million South Africans” who rely on buckets to pooh. So, clearly, communities can’t rely on the government for sanitary facilities. Many communities, left to their own devices require some outside the box thinking.
On World Toilet Day, one bright light sits on the horizon. The outlet stated that “Helene Bramwell” helps in “providing…environmentally-friendly chemical toilets.” The toilets role out in “schools in Gauteng.” However, government resources reem stretched. And with a growing population, the toilet shortage in the country’s likely to continue. Plus, informal settlements fast outstripping formal housing means millions of people battle for toilet space.
Human rights and sanitation
Just over 10 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared access to sanitation a “human right.” In this day and age, it seems incredible that so many people can’t access decent toilets. Fortunately, many companies reach out with help. On Twitter, Baby Soft® noted that the “lack of sanitation claims the lives of 800 children under the age of 5 every day!” So, they also joined “WaterAid on the Toilets Change Lives campaign.”
Other companies offered support on World Toilet Day with donations from each purchase made.
If you’re not flush with praise about the toilet problem in South Africa, let us know in the comments below. But, if you know someone or any community making a special effort, let us know, as well.
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