At the beginning of June 2016, Planact together with four community members from KwaZenzele Phase II conducted a sanitation assessment on the number of functional toilet facilities in the area. The assessment was based on the community’s need for new sanitation infrastructure and maintenance from the Lesedi Local Municipality.

Planact and KwaZenzele team prepare for assessment.
Planact and KwaZenzele team prepare for assessment.

According to the community, the municipality provided toilets in 2008, but have hardly emptied them. Therefore, the sanitation assessment report by Planact will be handed over to the Municipality for action.

Team members assessing the condition of the toilets
Team members assessing the condition of the toilets

Three teams of two were dispatched into three areas within the settlement with a questionnaire devised for the verification of functionality of toilets and inspect the need for new toilets. The questionnaire focused on the condition of the toilets and whether people could access them, they did this through a series of specified question that fitted each criteria on the questionnaire.

The condition of some of the toilets in KwaZenzele
The condition of some of the toilets in KwaZenzele

This initiative is part of Planact’s Informal Settlements Upgrading sub-programmes which aim to support communities with social facilitation support, training, project management support, policy analysis and advocacy support, particularly for access to basic services, access to land and housing rights, among other things.