Progress made in getting rid of bucket toilets

Pretoria – Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says progress is being made in getting rid of bucket toilets in formal settlements around the country.

Briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation in Cape Town on Wednesday, Minister Mokonyane said about 78.8% of the bucket system has been eradicated in formal settlements, with seven provinces having performed at an average of 90% eradication.

KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng are the provinces that have achieved a total eradication in formal settlements, while the Western Cape has reached 99.8% clearance.

Minister Mokonyane said the Free State and Northern Cape have achieved less than 80%, where only 68% and 26% of buckets have been eradicated respectively.

She said some of the challenges experienced by the department, which led to the inability to achieve set targets in the Free State and Northern Cape, ranged from community labour based disputes to contractors encountering 'hard rock' conditions in the Northern Cape.

“Interventions are in place to address the challenges experienced. These include the deployment of specialised equipment to deal with the hard rock conditions and the introduction of standardised project rates on various aspects of the project at the inception of the programme,” said Minister Mokonyane.

She said for the bucket eradication project to be a complete success, collaboration with other departments, local authorities and communities is highly essential.

“To date, a total of 15 544 bucket systems have been eradicated out of the 57 329 remaining backlog. Of the remaining units, 4 275 will be completed in December 2015 and 37 510 will be done by March 2016.”