Western Cape Releases

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Week of September 01, 2021

Women’s rights are human rights. Municipalities can protect these rights by putting the safety of women in informal settlements first. It can start by increasing the number of communal taps and toilets provided, fixing broken ones and improving lighting. Asivikelane Western Cape #5 shows that poor service delivery and maintenance exposes women to numerous risks and vulnerabilities.

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Week of July 28, 2021

The recent events in South Africa have clearly highlighted the fact that many communities are disillusioned and frustrated by a government that seemingly does not care. Asivikelane WC#4 says that this perception can be changed if municipalities start with small actions like fixing taps and toilets.

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Week of June 30, 2021

Asivikelane Western Cape release #3 is a red zone! 64% of residents reported that communal toilets are either blocked, damaged or non-functional. Alarmingly, it takes the municipality up to 3 months to fix toilets and taps say 60% of residents. The critical need for effective maintenance systems is emphasised again and especially at this crucial time as the 3rd wave of Covid-19 is underway.

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Week of May 26, 2021

Asivikelane Western Cape release #2 reports green, or mostly green, traffic lights for water and waste collection but the same is not true for sanitation. Residents struggle with insufficient numbers of toilets, irregular cleaning of communal toilets and blocked sewer lines.

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Week of April 28, 2021

In Asivikelane Western Cape release #1 this week most informal settlement residents reported having access to water, but sanitation remains a serious challenge. In addition to posing severe health risks, the lack of  maintenance and cleaning of toilets could undermine municipalities’ infrastructure investment.