Amanz’ Abantu Services hosts launch of sanitation project in East London

OCTOBER 16, 2015

In meeting the need to provide basic sanitation to school children in the Eastern Cape, Amanz’ abantu Services on Thursday hosted the Eastern Cape launch of a programme called Social Franchising for Operations and Maintenance of School Sanitation Facilities and Demonstration of on-site Faecal Sludge Treatment in East London.

The intended outcomes of the project are as follows:

Outcome 1:       Usable and clean school sanitation facilities in the Amathole & Buffalo City Municipalities;

Outcome 2:       Improved learners’ hygiene practices and use of sanitation facilities for boys and girls as well as teachers;

Outcome 3:       Locally established and sustainable franchisee operation in the East London Educational District, including women franchisees;

Outcome 4:       Demonstrated Faecal Sludge Management through mobile treatment technology, safe handling and re-use.

The project duration is 3 years, and the project will include the all the schools in the East London Educational District. One of the deliverables of the project is to establish and implement an efficient and long term menstrual health management plan. This plan will be implemented in 10 selected schools.

Amanz’ abantu services via their subsidiary Impilo Yabantu Services will be utilising their social franchising business model wherein they partner with local micro-entrepreneurs to execute the work. The micro-entrepreneurs will be trained and up scaled to do the work to the standard of Impilo Yabantu Services, under their guidance and brand. This will result in significant skills transfer and business sustainability for the local micro-entrepreneurs.

The project is funded by the African Development Bank, through its implementing unit, the African Water Facility, the implementing agent is the Water Research Commission with the service provider being Amanz’ abantu Services via their subsidiary Impilo Yabantu Services. The beneficiary of the project is the Eastern Cape Department of Education.

The Eastern Cape launch will took place on Wednesday 14 October 2015 at the East London Golf Club, and the official launch and site visits to schools that will benefit from this project took place on Thursday 15 October 2015.

Image: L-R. Mr Mcoyna, East London District Circuit Manager, representing the East London Educational District Office and Mrs Pat Sondlaba, Head Mistress of Fort Grey Primary School (FGPS) launch the project, watched by learners and representatives of Amanz’ abantu Services (Mr Oliver Ive), the Water Research Commission (Dr Kaya Tshabalala)  and the African Water Facility (Mr Franz Hollhuber).