MEC Helen Sauls-August: Bucket system eradication progressing well


Government is committed to eradicating bucket toilets from the Eastern Cape, MEC for Human Settlements Helen Sauls-August said on Tuesday.  

She was responding to a report by Statistics SA, released last month, which found that the number of Eastern Cape households using the system increased from 38,606 to 52,732 in the year starting June 2012.

“Government is committed to eradicating buckets to restore the dignity of the people. Bucket eradication work has started in the formal areas,” the MEC said, adding that the department is studying the contents of the report to ascertain where the increase has occurred in the province.

“It is likely that this increase is in the informal areas, not the formal areas which have already been counted and budgeted for,” she said.

MEC Sauls-August said the number of bucket toilets in formal areas in the province stood at 2827 after the first phase of a project to eradicate the bucket system that started in Grahamstown last year. The second phase would focus on informal areas, where figures still needed to be quantified.

“Construction is also under way in Makana, Paterson, Baviaans, Steynsburg, Indwe, Jansenville, Somerset and Ndlambe,” Sauls-August said.

“Nurcha [the National Urban Reconstruction and Housing Agency] has been commissioned to provide programme management services for the bucket eradication programme in the Eastern Cape.

“As such, an amount [of] R94,060,000 has been allocated to nine projects across eight municipalities who have bucket toilets in the province.”

On Monday, the Democratic Alliance said it had lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission regarding the increased use of the bucket toilet system in three provinces – which include the Eastern Cape.