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City Shares Water and Sanitation Best Practices with African Delegation
HIGHLY impressed with eThekwini’s water and sanitation operations, an African Water Association (AFWA) delegation has pledged fast-track the delivery of these provisions to meet the Sustainable Development Goal Six of managing the water and sanitation challenge.
 
Hosted by the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) in partnership with eThekwini Water and Sanitation Unit (EWS), the seminar aimed to reinforce African sanitation operators partnership and also serve as a benchmarking visit to share best practices in the water and sanitation sector.
 The two-day seminar from 30 to 31 October is hosted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and also includes a tour to eThekwini Water and Sanitation projects. Delegates were welcomed with a presentation showcasing eThekwini and another presentation on water and sanitation status in the City.
 
EWS Senior Official Mandla Malakoana said eThekwini strived to provide efficient, effective, affordable and sustainable water and sanitation services to residents in a customer friendly manner.
“Our Municipality is made up of 60 percent rural areas and this means that we must consider affordability for our customers but at the same time, we ensure that they enjoy the same quality of water and sanitation of those living in urban areas,” he explained.
 
AFWA is a Pan-African association with a membership comprised of sector utilities and governmental agencies from all the African countries and is the primary facilitator of utility twinning in Africa through its water operators’ partnership programme for Africa.
 
The association’s vision is to be an acknowledged leader in strengthening water utility management practices to the support the goals of African Water Vision 2025.
 
Speaking on water and sanitation Municipal policies, senior EWS official Teddy Gounden said acceptable sanitation systems connected and not connected to sewer systems.
 
“EThekwini’s sanitation systems connected to sewer include the Community Ablution Blocks which are mostly implemented in informal settlements.  Those not connected to the sewer system include the Ventilated Improved Pit Laterines, Urine Diversion Toilets, septic tanks, conservancy tanks and privately owned treatment plants,” he added.
 
Responding on behalf of AFWA, Professor Ives Magloire Kengne Noumsi said the delegation would be taking back lessons from eThekwini to implement in other African countries.
 
“The water and sanitation sector in Africa is faced with challenges of being neglected and we want to change that and implement programmes that will ensure that the are no health risks where waste water is concerned and informal settlements are catered for regarding sanitation,” he said.
 
Tomorrow, the delegation will conduct site visits to Newlands KwaMashu Research Site, informal settlements to view Community Ablution Blocks facilities, the Urine Diversion Toilet emptying and rural sanitation and water supply in Umzinyathi as well as the Black Soldier Fly Plant in Isiphingo.
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