KEETMANSHOOP, 14 APR – Aus residents on Friday officially received 50 toilets built with funding by the //Kharas Regional Council under the Harambee Prosperity Plan Social Progression Pillar that targets to eliminate bucket toilets.
The council in 2016 decided to build new toilets with the aim to replace the inhumane colonial bucket toilets with flush toilets in the Berseba, Koes and Aus areas in southern Namibia.
Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development Derek Klazen handed over the toilets.
Klazen said only 20 out of the planned 170 toilets are still outstanding, and appealed to contractor, Dollar Six Investment, to complete the construction without further delays.
“You are paid a lot money; you must deliver on time,” Klazen said.
The deputy minister urged recipients to take ownership of the toilets, saying the toilets now belong to them and not to the government.
He further said Government alone will not be able to address the sanitation problem in the country and it requires a team effort in the spirit of Harambee, where the government, the private sector and civic society are working together and pulling in the same direction towards prosperity for all.
Klazen noted that apart from the low and ultra-low income groups, uniformed officers in the defence and police forces, and correctional services do not have decent accommodation with proper sanitation.
“I therefore urge the private sector partners developing in the Republic of Namibia to ensure that there is housing provision for these members who are offering essential services to our society,” he concluded.
Beneficiary, Christian Stoffel, told Nampa he is happy to receive the toilet as he had waited for it for long.
“I do not have to walk for a long distance to relieve myself anymore,” Stoffel said