20 June 2017
Roll-Out of Water and Sanitation Services to Informal Settlements and Schools in EThekwini
EThekwini Municipality remains dedicated to service delivery and will continue with the roll-out of water provision and ablution facilities to identified informal settlements as well as schools in the City.
A report tabled at the Executive Committee today, 20 June, outlined the request to increase the value of the contracts in place for phase three of the project for the Provision of Water and Sanitation Services to Human Settlements and Provision of Water and Sanitation to Schools in eThekwini.
This increase will allow for the construction of more than 500 more ablution facilities.
The report stated that eThekwini Municipality has identified the provision of sanitation to informal settlements as a strategic programme in line with the National Development Plan (NDP).
The Water and Sanitation Unit has been tasked with the work which forms an integral part of the Interim Services Programme. The report further stated that some 550 informal settlements have been identified to be investigated for community ablution blocks.
The report said this project was initiated to address the sanitation provision imbalances within eThekwini; in line with the NDP’s vision of access to hygienic sanitation to all.
It also states that properly addressing sanitation at a grassroots school level will only assist in improving and addressing the overall use of Municipal water and sanitation infrastructure by future generations.
Chairperson of the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Councillor Mondli Mthembu welcomed a suggestion that the Executive Committee do an inspection in loco of the project and its delivery thus far.
He said his Committee also wanted to perform a site visit to view the ablution blocks.
The report, before the Executive Committee, said in order to meet the delivery targets of the Municipality additional funding is required based on the number of sites that can be delivered. It stated that the current budget can only deliver approximately 300 facilities out of a current possible 1 100 sites under phase three of the project.
“Furthermore, phase three has clearly demonstrated an accelerated delivery over the past year and is therefore capable of achieving the larger targets, provided the contracts and budgets are appropriately adjusted,” it read.
It went on to say that the current phase three of the programme commenced in August 2015 and has presently delivered over 200 operational facilities with more than 140 currently under construction. However, a final phase three delivery of over 540 facilities is possible.
“The delivery of ablution facilities needs to be accelerated due to the rapid increase in informal settlements and the need to provide access to decent and dignified sanitation solutions to all communities of eThekwini Municipality, particularly those living in informal settlements,” the report stated.
Phase three of the programme has completed one and a half financial years to-date namely 2015/16 and the first half of 2016/17. With the approval of the report, the contracts will be implemented over the remaining half of the current financial year and the next two financial years namely 2017/18 and 2018/19.
The current funding sources for the programme include:
• Funding from the Department of Education for the schools project,
• Urban Settlement Development Infrastructure Grant,
• Infrastructure Development ORIO Grant (A Dutch grant worth R180 million with the requirement that 400 sites be constructed) and,
• Savings allocated from other projects.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.
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