Sanitation in SA

V Bam-Mugwanya

Despite the significant progress, sanitation in SA remains a huge challenge particularly in the rural and pen-urban environments.

The Department of Science and Technology has therefore partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to tackle the country`s sanitation challenges through research innovation and technology.

Communities in the Eastern Cape, for example; Cofimvaba, Butterworth etc have benefitted from this initiative in terms of the value chain of the innovation as job opportunities and entrepreneurship have been some of the successes from this partnership.

Also, policy which is evidence based can be formulated from this prototype rather than thumb sucking process and progress regarding the socially unacceptable sanitation delivery forced on our poor communities in the Western Cape.