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'Water and Sanitation Master Plan' being developed

Millions of people in SA still make use of informal toilets and do not have access to clean drinking water
SIP (Strategic Infrastructure Project) number 18 is going to require more money than most other projects. The billions that are required for this are staggering. But sanitation will take centre stage in government's infrastructure build programme, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale told Parliament on Friday.
Summarizing the recent report of the Ministerial Sanitation Task Team (MSST) to the portfolio committee on human settlements, Sexwale said the document revealed the neglect government had subjected its people to since 1994.
According to the report, the sanitation backlog in South Africa currently stands at 2.5-million toilets – this is half the number recorded in 1994 (over 5 million), when these issues were identified in the Western Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga

Sexwale told his colleagues and the media that Provincial visits by members of the MSST showed the ratio of households to toilets in municipalities in all nine provinces.
Out of seven municipalities visited in the Western Cape, there was one toilet for every 100 households, with the City of Cape Town experiencing being the biggest problem.
In Gauteng, it was established that on average one toilet was shared by 10 households, after visits to three metros, two district municipalities and seven local councils. The MSST proposed various actions required to solve the toilet problem. These included the need for better co-ordination and a national plan to tackle the problem.
Sexwale told MPs that a 'Water and Sanitation Master Plan' was being developed by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission.
He said social unrest would continue if money was spent unwisely and basic services were not provided.
"These are the symptoms of what insurrections are made of." He said the bucket system, which was still very evident in South Africa, needed to be addressed immediately, or this could spill over into unrest.
"The Marikanas will repeat itself over and over in this country, until we crumble, if you don't address that first line... sanitation with clean running water... now that's dignity."
Service magazine will publish the full sanitation report once it's made public after being tabled to Cabinet next week.
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