Mobile toilets alleviate plight of east residents

William Mahlangu a resident of Phomolong Extension 6 standing next to the leaking pipes.

Residents of an area in Mamelodi East no longer have to use buckets or walk long distances to get to the nearest toilets.

This after 40 mobile toilets were delivered to Phomolong Extension 6 towards the end of March – with more on the way.

More than 300 families in the area had to make do with only five mobile toilets after they were allocated permanent stands there recently.

Before the delivery of the new toilets, residents had to walk long distances at night while others were forced to use buckets, said ward councillor Dorcus Maja.

People living with disabilities especially suffered.

“It was not safe for the residents to go there at night and the mobile toilets were always busy and unhygienic,” said Maja.

Residents claimed the metro promised that infrastructure would be installed at their new homes, but nothing has been done.

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Resident William Mahlagu told Rekord he was happy with the new mobile toilets.

“It makes life easier for us,” he said.

He, however, complained that leaking pipes were flooding the streets of Phomolong.

Residents could no longer use the streets because there was a leaking pipe at almost each street corner, he said.

Maja said she had been promised by region 6’s director that residents would get permanent toilets “soon”.

She said she was also aware of the leaking pipes problem and that the metro had promised to effect repairs.

Maja said illegal dumping was also a problem in the area and blamed Tshwane waste management for not collecting the rubbish in the area.

“The area must be cleaned as soon as possible because residents are living in an unhealthy environment,” said Maja.

“Residents cannot continue living under these conditions,” she said.

“It is not safe for them to go out at night because the high-mast lights are not working.”

The Tshwane metro was yet to comment at the time of going to print.

ALSO READ: UPDATE: Missing snouted cobra found in toilet bowl

William Mahlangu a resident of Phomolong Extension 6 standing next to the leaking pipes.

More mobile toilets delivered in Phomolong Extension 6. Photo: Stephen Selaluke

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Stephen Selaluke
Mamelodi journalist

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