R350 a month, residents of informal settlements can use a waterless toilet.

R350 a month, residents of informal settlements can use a waterless toilet. Image: Supplied.

Residents of informal settlements are offered waterless toilets for R350 a month

The paid, privatized service for toilet rental and servicing at R350 per month has seen immediate consumer uptake since its launch.

R350 a month, residents of informal settlements can use a waterless toilet.

R350 a month, residents of informal settlements can use a waterless toilet. Image: Supplied.

Many residents have quickly adopted the paid, private toilet service since its launch, priced at R350 per month for rental and maintenance.

South Africa explores diverse service delivery models

Various service delivery methods are being tested, collaborating with local service providers ranging from large sanitation companies to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs).

The Kalula toilet hire service, initiated by Loowatt and Khanyisa Projects, was a pilot project with funding from the Water Research Commission (WRC) and Unilever’s Transform program.

Kalula operates under the trading name of Loowatt in South Africa.

According to Infrastructure News, from the start, the pilot project had a primary goal of commercialisation. Often, projects in the sanitation sector falter once grant funding runs out.

To establish a sustainable business in South Africa, Loowatt is in advanced discussions to produce toilets locally, a crucial step for expanding the business.

In informal settlements, residents often need more sanitation services, with limited toilets and waste management space.

When toilets are available, they’re usually communal and situated on the outskirts of settlements, requiring residents to travel long distances.

This exposes them to safety risks and potential violence.

Additionally, these communal toilets are often locked at night, prompting residents to use buckets overnight and creating a disposal challenge in the morning.

There is a strong demand for household sanitation in informal settlements for reasons of accessibility, convenience, safety, privacy and dignity. 

The toilets are serviced weekly, and all the pilot users are satisfied with the permanent installation as long as the servicing remains reliable.

According to News24, Before marketing or rollout of the toilets, extensive engagement occurred with the municipality and community leaders and organizations.

There has been immediate consumer adoption of the paid, privatized service following the service launch, priced at R350 per month for toilet rental and servicing.

Payment is made monthly, and prepaid vouchers are available for purchase at local spaza shops and established retailers like Pep and Shoprite.

A grace period is given if there is non-payment, reasons for non-payment are recorded and if non-payment continues then the toilet is removed.  

Ekhurhuleni community sues city over chemical toilets

Ekurhuleni residents demand the city reallocate its budget from chemical toilets to constructing full flush toilets, despite the city spending R37.3 million annually on providing and servicing chemical toilets in informal settlements.

According to GroundUp , residents in Kwathema and Tsakane, Langaville, voiced concerns about sharing toilets with up to ten other families.

These facilities were initially introduced in parts of Langaville under a court order in 2014 as a temporary measure. However, residents remain frustrated as no permanent solution has been implemented since then.

City spokesperson Zweli Dlamini confirmed that the monthly budget for chemical toilets was over R37.3 million.

He acknowledged residents’ concerns about the safety of communal toilets.

The City has been searching for more cost-effective solutions to the toilet problem for years. Dlamini added that the City plans to provide permanent services if an informal settlement is in a suitable housing area.