GSC helps end pit-toilets in farm schools


Gert Sibande TVET College held a Sanitation hand-over project which was hosted by Imisebeyelanga Combined School on 27 May 2016.
The hand-over ceremony was the culmination of a project between the Department of Basic Education and GSC College to tackle the serious problem of pit toilets in farm schools as well as the shortage of toilets in some schools in the Mpumalanga province.
The hand-over celebration marked the completion of 88 toilets in 8 rural schools across the Mpumalanga Province.
The schools that benefited from the Sanitation Project were Baadjiesbuld Primary, Khuphukani Primary, Sibongangwane Primary, Imisebeyelanga Primary, Sisukhumile Secondary, Ithole Primary, Lobhengula Primary and Bethamoya Primary.
The project was funded by the Department of Education and implemented by GSC College.
The model used by the college was to appoint a building contractor who, together with college students, constructed the toilets.
Thuto Lengolo, Head of Projects at the college, said that the mandate from the CEO of producing high-quality toilets that will need minimal maintenance, even if the college did not make any profit from the project, provided his team with the direction it needed. Consequently all toilets were fitted with stainless steel fittings including basins, sanitary ware, toilet bases, cisterns and doors.
Due to the problems that some schools experienced with inconsistent water supply, all schools were fitted with “jojo tank reservoirs” so that the toilets could be used when the municipal water supply was disrupted. At three schools, boreholes had to be drilled so that an alternate supply of water could be obtained.
Each set of toilets included a separate toilet for physically disabled learners.
All toilets walls, both inside and out, were built with face bricks so that maintenance will be minimal.
The Imisebeyelanga Primary School Principal, at which the hand-over function was hosted, was overwhelmed by emotions when she shared her gratitude to the DOE for funding the project and to GSC College for producing such ‘magnificent toilets’.
She indicated that for 23 years, the school had had two pit toilets, one for male students and one for female students.
The pit toilets had to service over 300 students.
The addition of the new flush toilets at the school was a dream come true to her and her staff and she is very grateful to the DOE and GSC College.



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