ANC government working hard to restore people’s dignity

The African National Congress (ANC) said by clearing the backlog relating to the bucket toilet system, the provincial government was doing well to implement the governing party’s mandate of restoring the dignity of the people of the province.
A total of 636 waterborne toilets have been built during the 2016/2017 financial year and water reticulation and sewerage system installed in areas that never had that.  
Places that have benefitted from the project include Kanana and Jourberton townships in Matlosana Local Municipality and Boitumelong township in Bloemhof in the Lekwa-Teemane Local Municipality.
ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) spokesperson, Gerald Modise, said the party was satisfied with this great intervention.
“We are pleased to hear that the provincial government has managed to eradicate the bucket toilet system in all formal settlements. This has restored the human dignity of our people as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
“This is a clear indication that the ANC-led government has delivered to our people as promised in our election manifesto,” said Modise.
In his SOPA, Mahumapelo explained that in 2014, bucket toilet eradication projects had a backlog of 403 but was reduced to 233 in the 2015/16 financial year.
“We are happy to report that currently the province has cleared the bucket eradication backlog in all formal settlements,” said Mahumapelo.
Chief Director of the National Sanitation Programme at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Andre´ van der Walt, told Semphete that the department has destroyed 621 bucket toilets in Bokone Bophirima over the past two years. 
“Since 2015 we have been working in the City of Matlosana and Lekwa-Teemane local municipalities. We have managed to eradicate 398 toilets in 2015 and 223 toilets in 2016,” he said. 
Van Der Walt added that the department does not only provide sanitation, but also augment municipal services as they also install pipes and other infrastructure that helps with ablution facilities. He said municipalities are too busy building roads and have budget constraints so the department has got to step in.
He said the department has also provided dry toilets in water scarce areas.
“There is no point installing a water-borne toilet where people do not have water to cook or clean as a water-borne toilet can use up to nine litres of water to flush,” said van der Walt.
25 091 bucket toilets have been eradicated by the department in South Africa and 27 147 still need to be completed.
Bokone Bophirima is also making good progress in ensuring that all communities have access to electricity so that they can lead decent lives.
The province’s electrification had improved to 86% and stood at a backlog of only 14%.
Mahumapelo said: “In the 2013/14 financial year, the electrification backlog in the province was estimated at 127 000 households. Today we are happy to report that this backlog has been reduced to only 35 000, thereby improving Bokone Bophirima’s electrification coverage to 86%. This means the backlog is only 14%.”
The living conditions of community members in Ottoshoop near Zeerust have been drastically improved by a project that is in the process of electrifying 568 homes when completed.
Earlier this year, Executive Mayor of Mahikeng Local Municipality, Betty Diakanyo - accompanied by Members of the Mayoral Committee - visited the community of Ward 4 in Ottoshoop. The purpose of her visit was to introduce a contractor who was going to carry out the electrification of 568 homes. This was done following Eskom’s promise to electrify the area in 2017.  
A Community Liaison Officer (CLO) in Ward 4 of Ottoshoop, Tumalano Motswaiso, said the electrification project has brought employment opportunities for community members. 
“This electrification project has employed 10 community members, which is very good because unemployment is rife in our community. Our children are now able to work because of the municipality. Residents welcome this intervention because electricity has always been a major problem in our community.”