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Free State bathroom bucket system shall be eradicated subsequent yr, Sisulu guarantees


  • The Human Settlements Division says it will eradicate the bathroom bucket system within the Free State in March 2022.
  • The Free State has half of all bucket bogs within the nation. 
  • In 2006, authorities promised to eradicate the bucket system inside a yr. 

The Division of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation says it would eradicate the Free State’s bathroom bucket system as early as subsequent yr.  

In 2006, the federal government promised to eradicate the bucket system inside a yr. In 2019, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu mentioned the system could be eradicated inside six months. 

Sisulu has revised the timelines once more and says the Free State will eradicate the system by early 2022. 

In answering questions in Parliament, Sisulu mentioned there are at the moment seven tasks within the Free State, and they’re anticipated to be accomplished by March subsequent yr. 

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In keeping with the Statistics South Africa municipal census, the Free State with lower than 5% of SA’s inhabitants – has half of all of the bucket bogs within the nation. 

In her newest solutions to Parliament, Sisulu mentioned the backlog within the Free State was due to the procurement of fabric.  

“I used to be knowledgeable that the delay in eradicating the backlog might be attributed to the procurement of supplies on nationwide tender and works quotations beneath R500 000. As well as, money circulation and supply (transport) challenges skilled by profitable bidders delayed supply of fabric to websites prior and in the course of the lockdown interval.”

Sisulu mentioned that she has appointed the Housing Growth Company (HDA) to assist the province due to the backlogs.

She mentioned the division, the HDA, and the Division of Water and Sanitation had signed an Implementation Protocol to facilitate the implementation of the Bucket Eradication Programme throughout the recognized areas.

The province at the moment has bucket bathroom eradication programmes in:  

  • Clocolan
  • Ficksburg
  • Senekal throughout the Setsoto Municipality
  • Reitz
  • Petrus Steyn
  • Arlington throughout the Nketoana Municipality
  • Dealesville within the Tokologo Municipality
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