SANCO supports basic services increase

The census reported positive progress during the 2014-2015 growth in water provision for households from 12.2 million to 12.5 and 10.4 million to 10.9 for electricity.

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) issued a statement last Tuesday, June 7, welcoming the increase in the provision of basic services by municipalities across the country.

“A lot more needs to be done in the next term of local government for service delivery to become the daily experience of those without proper sanitation and refuse removal in informal settlements,” said SANCO national spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu in applauding the non-financial census released by statistician general Pali Lehohla.

The census reported positive progress during the 2014-2015 growth in water provision for households from 12.2 million to 12.5 and 10.4 million to 10.9 for electricity. Mahlangu said that unemployed youth must be prioritised for work opportunities in accelerated programmes to upgrade and integrate informal settlements.

“The most increase across a variety of services recorded by Mpumalanga and its 98 percent decrease of the bucket toilet system is commendable and to be shared as best practice with other municipalities especially those in the Western Cape lagging behind in the informal upgrade and provision of proper sanitation,” he said.

He said the bucket toilet system must be completely eradicated across all municipalities within the next term to restore the dignity of those without proper sanitation. Mahlangu said that improvement of sewerage infrastructure and removal of refuse in informal settlements will end deprivation and ensure that many more people live a dignified life in cleaner environments.

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