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Education campaign at Blackburn Village
MUNICIPAL officials have conducted an education awareness campaign at the Blackburn Village Informal Settlement, north of Durban, following frequent sewer blockages of ablution facilities in the area.

On 20 August, officials representing various Units from the Human Settlements and Infrastructure Cluster including Water and Sanitation and Cleansing and Solid Waste, addressed about 100 residents at the Blackburn Village Informal Settlement about challenges in the area. One of the major challenges is blockages of the nine ablution facilities installed in 2011 and water leaks.

This awareness campaign was led by eThekwini Water and Sanitation Unit. Community Development
Officer Phindile Nyawose said when the Municipality tasked plumbers to attend to sewer blockages; they found various objects that should not be in the sewerage system. “Plumbers found disposable nappies, sanitary towels, bottles and food in the system.

These objects were not disposed correctly and were causing frequent blockages. We saw a need for this education awareness campaign because the challenge was reoccurring and it is a health hazard,” she explained. Another challenge raised during the campaign was water leaks. Residents were given various reporting platforms and were urged to work with nine ablution facilities caretakers who are part of the Expanded Public Works Programme.

Residents were also urged to take ownership of the ablution facilities that the City has provided as an interim measure to ensure that they have proper sanitation facilities connected to sewerage system. “The Municipality works very closely with the caretakers to ensure that the ablution facilities are clean and operating well at all times.

These caretakers, who are from the Blackburn Village community, are also our ambassadors. If there are other Municipal related issues, the caretakers report them and they are addressed immediately,” Nyawose said. The City is addressing the shortage of toilet paper which will be delivered for use in the ablution facilities soon.
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