NGO: Adequate sanitation mandatory

A UN report shows a third of the world’s population doesn’t have access to proper sanitation.

FILE: Toilet at Valdezia Primary School in the Makhado district, Limpopo. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Local non-government organisation (NGO) Breadline Africa says a United Nations report shows a third of the world's population still do not have access to adequate sanitation.

The report also revealed more than 800,000 children under the age of five die each year as a result of diarrhea.

The NGO installed ablution facilities at a Khayelitsha crèche on Tuesday as part of World Toilet Day.

Breadline Africa's Edna Titus says there's a great need for assistance in communities like Khayelitsha where many people live without flushing toilets.

"Before this, they did not have proper toilets and the kids were using these little bucket toilets. This is not good because as children they pick up all sorts of diseases."

In the Western Cape, residents of informal settlements such as Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa and Philippi took part in protests, demanding the City of Cape Town provide them with better sanitation facilities.

Many community members in these townships don't have running toilets and are forced to either use the bucket system or the portable toilets provided by the city.

The industrial action, which has at times been marred with violence, has taken place over the last few months.