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Investments have been made to improve public conveniences run and maintained by the City that have suffered at the hands of vandals and criminals.
MORE than R600 000 has been spent by the City on restoring the image of 26 public restrooms.

The City’s director for facilities management, Jay Gowrie-Sunker, who oversaw the project, said Joburg was working tirelessly to improve the quality of public restrooms. The project ran during the 2010/11 financial year.

“Some of the old sites have also been upgraded and renovated. In total, there are 89 such facilities scattered in all regions of the city. These facilities are maintained and cleaned seven days a week.”

He said once the budget was available the City would build more public conveniences in hotspots, mainly in public areas like taxi ranks where crowds of people pass through or converge.

“We strive to provide public conveniences that are of acceptable standards in terms of safety, hygiene and ensuring that they are accessible to everyone, including disabled people.”

Sporadic incidents of theft and vandalism at some public restrooms had led to their closure. Basins and taps were the items stolen most often, and the stainless steel toilets were sometimes used to make fires in, especially in winter, he explained.

“We appeal to communities to respect and take care of these facilities and, more importantly, report vandalism,” said Gowrie-Sunker.

The City manages 89 public restrooms while other facilities at taxi ranks and parks are managed by Metro Trading Company and Johannesburg City Parks, respectively.

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