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Buffalo City Municipality launches ablution toilets project at Mdantsane

By Yolanda Palezweni - Oct 13, 2017

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality on Thursday launched a toilets project at Eluxolweni in Mdantsane, East London.

Addressing those gathered at the launch, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Portfolio Head for Infrastructure Services, Ncedo Kumbaca, said that the residents of Eluxolweni have been complaining over toilets for decades.

“Today is the big day for the residents of Eluxolweni, they been crying for toilets and today, as the BCM, we have to fulfil that promise,” said Kumbaca.

Speaking at the launch, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality Executive Mayor, Xola Pakati, said that the BCM wants to restore the dignity of residents in the Eluxolweni area.

“We will make sure that every single resident gets the toilet and we are very committed as the BCM to continue delivering service to our people,” said Executive Mayor Pakati.

So far, the BCM has installed 450 toilets at Eluxolweni and currently 300 toilets are being installed at Cuba, also in Mdantsane.

Eluxolweni ward Councillor, Pumla Yenana-Nonjiwe, said that it is a relief as the residents had been asking her for proper toilets.

She added that, it is not only a relief that people finally received the toilets, but also the project has created employment opportunities for the residents.

“I am grateful that this project is finally progressing, it was a struggle for my people and I hope that by next year every single resident will have a toilet in her yard,” said Councillor Yenana-Nonjiwe.

Speaking to RNEWS, Eluxolweni resident, Xoliswa Booi, said that she is very grateful to the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality for the installation of the toilets.

“We used to use the bucket system and it was not hygiene at all and very nauseating, it’s a relief now, finally, we’ll be like other people and have better toilets,” said Booi.

She added that some residents built themselves toilets, but they were not safe especially for the children.

“The toilets are a relief; now one can relax when a child goes to the toilet – there is no more fear that she might drown in the toilet,” she added.

Another resident, Noyo Jali, echoed her and said that, the mobile toilets are such a relief and hoped that Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality can continue fulfilling its promises to the communities.

“I am grateful to BCM, I know it’s not easy but we see work in progress and I hope after these toilets the municipality can continue delivering services to the people,” said Jali.

The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality has allocated R5.5 million for the project and hopes by next year to have built every single home a toilet.