AUs Gets Rid of Bucket Toilets

In comparison with all the other settlements within the resource-rich Kharas Region in the south, Aus is a unique settlement.

There is a stench of poverty in the settlement of Aus, which until recently still used the unhygienic bucket toilets.

However, the Kharas Regional Council through the !Nami#Nus Constituency office has embarked on fostering far-sweeping developmental activities within the Aus settlement, such as the construction of the sewerage reticulation phase 1 and 2.

Phase 1 is near completion and phase 2 started with the construction work, which will eliminate the bucket system after the completion of this project.

The infamous ‘bucket toilet’ system is a relic from South Africa’s apartheid era in which poor, predominantly black townships went without proper electricity and functional sanitation systems.

Even some residents of South Africa’s sprawling township of Soweto, renowned for the student uprising of 1976, to this day still use ‘bucket toilet’ systems.

The use of bucket toilets was so entrenched even in South Africa that many townships in Johannesburg, as well as in the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape provinces still use bucket toilets 20 years since the official end of apartheid in 1994.

!Nami#Nus Constituency Councillor, Jan Scholtz, indicated phase 1 which includes the treatment plant and 20 flush toilets has been completed and the remaining 55 will be constructed later. The mechanical and electrical components have been outstanding, due to insufficient power supply.

The project that started last year at Aus, which has

1 500 people, will cost an estimated N$9 million.

Currently the residents of Aus settlement are still using a bucket toilet system.

Fifty modern toilets with flushing units will be constructed at Aus where residents have been using bucket toilets designed for blacks by colonial designers as part of separate development.

“The rehabilitation and the commissioning of additional boreholes (6 new boreholes) were successfully commissioned and added to the current 11 boreholes to ensure the Aus settlement has running water at their disposal. As the regional councillor, I feel these developments will truly boost the economy of Aus, and I am just happy that developmental activities are moving in a positive way in Aus settlement,” explained Scholtz.

Source : New Era

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