CT admits water challenges

Several households are forced to share one tap and toilet in informal settlements.

The City of Cape Town says it is among the best municipalities in the country despite the challenges. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town asserts it is among the best municipalities despite challenges facing informal settlements.

According to recent statistics, several Cape Town households are forced to share one tap and toilet in some informal settlements while others are forced to use portable toilets.

In October, thousands of residents from informal settlements descended on the city centre demanding housing and sanitation.

The protesters are expected to embark on another March in February.

Speaking to 567 Cape Talk, Local Government MEC Anton Bredell agreed that sharing a toilet with other households was not dignified.

"It's not acceptable. We are the best of the best, according to independent research but we always make it clear to the public that we are not nearly where we want to be."

He blames urbanisation for some of the challenges.

"According to the census, we've grown by 47 percent since 1994 and there's use pressure on our resources and we try our utmost best."

Bredell says they want to improve the lives of the poor.

"The City of Cape Town has 220 informal settlements and I can assure you there are plans in place. We want to get a tap and a toilet in each household but it's not easy."

The ANC in the Western Cape has accused the DA-led government of ignoring the plight of the poor, but the DA denies this.