For this newsletter, we had a conversation with the MD of Prana Consulting Refilwe Lesufi. Prana has been operating since 2011 and is 100% women-owned and a Level 1 BBBEE Civil Engineering consulting firm.
A clean flushing toilet is a gold standard that everyone aspires to. Often at times, some people must settle for alternative sanitation solutions that are not aspirational as a flush toilet. Informal settlements, schools and villages around the country are subjected to these undesirable forms of sanitation in the form of pit latrines, bucket toilets and chemical toilets. This is mainly due to the unavailability of sewer infrastructure, the difficulty in putting up such infrastructure in such areas and the cost associated with building new sewer networks.
SASTEP held a seminar to celebrate National Women’s Day on 10 August 2022. The seminar focused on the experiences of women in sanitation, as both leaders and learners in sanitation innovation. The webinar attracted 80 participants from across the sanitation value chain and different parts of the world.
WISA Conference brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines to meet, discuss, plan for and present solutions for a sustainable water future in the South African Region. Water is one of the greatest challenges facing South Africa, so governments, stakeholders, partners, and public and private sector participants come together to find innovative ways of managing water to ensure a sustainable and robust water supply for our growing urban populations. The SASTEP team attended presentations, networked with colleagues, and hosted two workshops and three presentations as well as exhibited at the WRC stand.
Local governments in South Africa are mandated by the Constitution to provide basic water and sanitation services to homes and communities. Service delivery challenges have been well documented and evident from the constant service delivery protests across the country.
On the occasion of World Toilet Day, we are reminded that sanitation remains an invisible problem. In South Africa we continue to make modest progress in our own sanitation revolution.
On 19 November the world observes the UN’s World Toilet Day. There are many reasons to celebrate a hygienic toilet, chief among them that it is one of the most important health devices in a house, along with clean water supply.
Spatial planning legacy, corruption and maladministration have exacerbated problem
The Water Research Commission and the Toilet Board Coalition have come together to identify the business opportunities in the Sanitation Economy specific to Africa.