Against a backlog requirement of 180 000 toilets, the Amathole District Municipality issued a tender for concrete panel toilets to be manufactured and installed in this very poor and rural part of the Eastern Cape.
If Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale is turning to the private sector to find a solution to the 2,2-million backlog in toilet delivery in rural and semi-urban communities, the solution may be found in the area of alternative building technologies (ABTs).
The need to save water has never been more paramount. Local municipalities are focussing on upgrading water infrastructure systems to stem water wastage and to ensure water supplies are hygienic for communities.
The historically renowned University of Fort Hare, Southern Africa's oldest historically black university, with alumni that include Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Chris Hani, has in recent times focused on developing its East London campus in order to meet a much needed demand for higher education in the city.