The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has called on residents to value their sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of illnesses in communities. This comes as the global community commemorates World Toilet Day which is observed annually on 19 November.
World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness about the significance of dignified and safely managed sanitation facilities and inspires action to tackle the global sanitation challenges to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030 and beyond.
Spokesperson Sputnik Ratau says what they have found over time is that conversations about toilets are uncomfortable. Unfortunately, this is a conversation they cannot put off as a department anymore.
According to Statistics SA, households with access to improved sanitation increased from 49% in 1996 to 82.2% in 2019 in South Africa.
Ratau concluded by saying the Department is aware that there are still approximately 2.8 million households in the country without access to improved sanitation services and is working tirelessly to ensure access improves.