Heritage art and sanitation

Ndebele art by King Makhosoke II’s own Ndebele artists.


Showing support for the Linking Heritage Art to Sanitation Innovation campaign, Rocla recently handed over to the Ndebele Kingdom, an Easy Flush sanitation unit that had been painted in Ndebele art by King Makhosoke II’s own Ndebele artists. “The importance of retaining the influence of heritage and culture is what shapes our identity, values and aspirations,” said Malebusa Sebatane, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG).

ndebele heritage art and sanitation

The handing over of the unit and casting of a new sanitation structure on site was conducted at a ceremony. Held at the Ndebele Kingdom headquarters, at Engwenyameni (Klipfontein) late last year in the presence of the Ndebele King Makhosoke II. The onsite ‘Community Casting’ closely monitored by Maxwell Mathebula, the National Development Agency’s Provincial Manager for Mpumalanga. Maxwell expressed his departments support for such community empowering concepts. He vowed to assist with the establishment of Co-ops within communities. ‘Community Cast’ is adopted by organs of state as their preferred service delivery model within their sanitation programs.

Community job creation

Rocla product development manager Andre Labuschagne said, “this unit was donated to the Royal Office complex of King Makhosoke II in Kwandebele. It demonstrates job creation and improved sanitation for the Dr JS Moroka and adjacent regions can be achieved”.

“The Ndebele King is supportive of local economic development. Rocla believes it can play a role in this kind of development. By demonstrating how members of the community can be trained to manufacture and construct the Easy Flush sanitation unit. Thereby improving local skills and creating employment in the region,” said Labuschagne.

Community Cast

The identity of the Ndebele community has always been expressed through their very colourful and unique artform. The roll-out of the ‘Community Cast’ project has embraced the rekindling of this unique traditional art style. The skills development opportunities that Rocla’s sanitation units offer and the combination of art and community welfare offers much needed sustainable employment creation.

Rocla is currently setting up a pre-cast toilet manufacturing facility. This is on behalf of a local SMME in Mkhondo. More facilities will roll out across the province.

Safe and hygienic, the Easy Flush sanitation unit from Rocla is the better option to replace the dangerous Pit toilet installations. The Ndebele art units can brighten up school areas through creative art and painting. Sanitation areas do not need to remain unattractive and unsafe areas.

Rocla’s Precast Concrete Toilet unit is an effective solution to an essential need for South Africa’s high-density urban and rural communities. The cost-effective stand-alone unit is used as a leach pit configuration or as a full waterborne system.

In 2017, Rocla launched the Thuthukisa Initiative, meaning “To Share”. The aim works towards making pre-cast industry accessible to rural communities and SMME’s.

Rocla is part of ISG, which also includes Technicrete.

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