Last Updated: 2018-01-12
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JOHANNESBURG, Jan 12 (NNN-SABC) -- The South frican Department of Water and Sanitation says it is still facing some challenges in eradicating the bucket toilet system in the country.

The department, which missed its second deadline to get rid of the system in 2016 because of a lack of funding, says it needs more than 700 million rand (about 56.5 million US dollars) to eradicate the bucket system in the remaining two provinces -- Free State and Northern Cape.

However, buckets are also still being used in some areas in North West Province, such as the Amalia, Migdol and Coligny townships. Residents in Amalia near Schweizer Reneke in the province have raised concerns about the system’s effects on their health.

“The smell from these toilets are infecting us with illnesses. They are so full and we had to dig holes from the toilets just to reduce the load,” says one resident.

“Since last year June we have reported the matter to the municipality but still we have not received any assistance. We want flush toilets." -- NNN-SABC