Dunoon residents have accused Sanitech Toilet Hire of not cleaning their communal toilets for two weeks and started a petition opposing the company’s appointment as a new contractor to install and clean communal chemical toilets in seven informal settlements in the township.
The petition was signed by 5,179 signatories and has already been submitted to the City of Cape Town.
Residents say Sanitech is installing broken toilets and not cleaning them as contracted.
Sanitech and another service provider were given a tender worth close to R346 million for the three-year period.
According to Ground Up in some instances, one toilet is being shared by 20 residents- as was the case in Siyahlala informal settlement.
Dunoon community leader chairperson Sinethemba Motomela told Ground Up that according to the City contractual obligations, the toilets are supposed to be cleaned and emptied three times a week.
Motomela said residents had tried to engage Sanitech for improved service delivery, however, efforts have proved fruitless.
Residents want the City to re-engage the previous service provider Mshengu Toilet Hire, whose contract ended on 30 June.
Matomela said residents would not allow Sanitech to deliver toilets and would prevent Mshengu from removing those that belong to them.
“If our toilets are not cleaned we will empty the faeces on the N7,” he said.
Mayco Member for Water and Waste Xanthea Limberg said the City would monitor the new contractor’s performance closely and that due process will be followed if they are found to not be providing services as per the required standard.
Limberg also confirmed receipt of the petition and said a written response will be issued by the City.