oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Successful community-based sanitation delivery boasting many spin-offs

Volume 15, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The country is facing an enormous backlog in access to adequate sanitation by all citizens and the target of eliminating this backlog by 2000 seems to be unattainable at the current rate of delivery especially in rural areas. Attempts are being made to accelerate delivery while ensuring that the projects add value to the community in terms of improved skills and improved potential to access jobs and alleviate poverty. The community-based delivery of sanitation offers the best potential for accelerating delivery and ensuring development of skills and maximum income for the community. In many cases, however, inappropriate planning and design well as incorrect management of community-based projects has led to a general misconception that community-based delivery is slow and risky and cannot contribute to the accelerated delivery of sanitation. The Phelandaba sanitation project implemented by the Mkhanyekude District Municipality is a good example of how community-based delivery can be both effective and efficient and can help alleviate the sanitation backlog while contributing to job creation.

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