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The ins and outs of above-ground drainage


By: Kelly-Ann Prinsloo

Sanitation is vitally important to health and wellness of human beings and adequate drainage installations play a big role in that. Every year, millions of people around the world become ill and die simply because they do not have a safe, clean place to do that thing we all must do – go to the loo. According to Statistics South Africa’s 2013 general household survey, 89.9% of South African households have access to piped water, while only 77.9% have access to improved sanitation.

Read more: The ins and outs of above-ground drainage

What’s going on below? (Part 2)

In the second part of our feature on below-ground drainage, we take a look at material dos and don’ts, and common mistakes plumbers make in installations like this.

Read more: What’s going on below? (Part 2)

What’s going on below? (Part 1)

Every year, millions of people are the world become ill and die simply because they do not have a safe, clean place to do that thing we all must do – go to the loo. According to Statistics South Africa’s 2013 general household survey, 89,9% of South African households have access to piped water, while only 77,9% have access to improved sanitation.

Read more: What’s going on below? (Part 1)

From grey to black: innovation for greywater

By: Fiona Ingham – writer

Building contractor Danie Groenewald has spent decades working in the townships of North West and knows their congested, dusty streets like the back of his weathered hand. It was here that he came up with a simple water-saving device, arising from the notion that using potable water for toilets is not sustainable.

Read more: From grey to black: innovation for greywater

There’s no dignity in education without proper sanitation

By Chandni Gopal and Zandile Ngubeni

Human Rights month serves a dual purpose; we are reminded of the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa but are also afforded the opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of our hard-earned human rights. With this year also marking the 20th anniversary of the signing of the final draft of the Constitution, a reflection on the state of human rights in our country is even more crucial.

Read more: There’s no dignity in education without proper sanitation

New management model needed for school toilets

By: Water Research Commission (WRC)

What are some of the major challenges facing sanitation in South African schools?

School toilets often end up as the ‘Cinderella’ of school infrastructure – a part of the school neglected and hidden from view, and often in appalling condition. And yet, toilets are intended to meet one of learners’ most basic, unavoidable physical needs. So, if school toilets aren’t structurally safe or hygienic, they can pose a threat to kids’ health, dignity and even their lives – and these dangers can compromise their ability to learn.

Read more: New management model needed for school toilets

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