'Children shouldn't be dying in pit latrines'

More than 3,000 schools have pit latrines, with Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal dominating.

Through a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Domestos, 947 Breakfast Club host Anele Mdoda is on a mission to change this.

RELATED: Children die in pit toilets, while MPs wear bling and designer suits'

Mdoda aims to build 20 new toilets for each school in 2019 and raise more than R1m to construct new toilets at different schools around the country.

To discuss this initiative, Bongani Bingwa chats to Mdoda.

What happens is at every school, especially the ones with pit latrines, we put 20 proper structured toilets. Also, I don't think that I am going to stop, it is not like a campaign that I will raise money and when I get to R1.1m and then stop.

Anele Mdoda, Host - 947 Breakfast Club

She says Domestos has provided her with the platform to go out and do this because the company deals with toilets.

And if there are no toilets, there is no Domestos. For them, it was that they didn't just want to be the guys who say: 'Here clean your toilets with our products.' We want to be the guys who ensure that the entire country has proper sanitation."

Anele Mdoda, Host - 947 Breakfast Club

She says two incidents inspired her to be part of this initiative.

When I was in university, my roommate from Limpopo saw a toilet for the first time. Secondly, it was Lumka Mkhethwa's story. Children shouldn't be dying in pit latrines, there is no way. How do you tell a parent that their child is not going to come home because she drowned in a pit latrine? There are stories that just stick to you. Lumka's story stuck to me and I said enough is enough.

Anele Mdoda, Host - 947 Breakfast Club

Click this link to donate.

We have broken ground at Thembalethu Primary School in Lusikisiki and we are opening those toilets on 30 July.

Anele Mdoda, Host - 947 Breakfast Club

Listen below to the full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Children shouldn't be dying in pit latrines'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
 Ernst Roets' tweet 'in contempt of court', says Nelson Mandela Foundation

Ernst Roets' tweet 'in contempt of court', says Nelson Mandela Foundation

Roets says he was not disrespecting the recent Equality Court ruling, claiming his use of the flag was for 'academic purposes'.

KiSwahili in schools? But not at expense of indigenous languages says expert

KiSwahili in schools? But not at expense of indigenous languages says expert

Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh facilitates a discussion on the basic education department's announcement to have the language as a medium.

'Ramaphosa wants to find ways to force pension fund managers to invest in SOEs'

'Ramaphosa wants to find ways to force pension fund managers to invest in SOEs'

Daily Maverick associate editor at Scorpio Sikonathi Mantshantsha takes a look at the week's financial news.

'ANC has no sense of urgency and just wasted council's time,' says Mashaba

'ANC has no sense of urgency and just wasted council's time,' says Mashaba

City of Johannesburg mayor shares his view of Thursday's suspended motion of no confidence.

[LISTEN] How dire is the state of public schools in the country?

[LISTEN] How dire is the state of public schools in the country?

Equal Education head of research Hopolang Selebalo says KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo schools still use pit latrines.

Eastern Cape school still without proper sanitation and classes

Eastern Cape school still without proper sanitation and classes

The department allegedly spent R4.9 million to build nine pit latrines which were never completed.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] SA's Ndlovu Youth Choir through to America's Got Talent semi-finals

[LISTEN] SA's Ndlovu Youth Choir through to America's Got Talent semi-finals

The choir has been wowing TV audiences in the US and across the world with their energetic performances.

Surfer comes up with insp-EYE-ring way to ward off sharks - take a look!

Surfer comes up with insp-EYE-ring way to ward off sharks - take a look!

Large eye stickers are being stuck to the bottom of surfboards in order to deter sharks.

'Ramaphosa wants to find ways to force pension fund managers to invest in SOEs'

'Ramaphosa wants to find ways to force pension fund managers to invest in SOEs'

Daily Maverick associate editor at Scorpio Sikonathi Mantshantsha takes a look at the week's financial news.

Lion cub worth R50k rescued from house in Cape Town

Lion cub worth R50k rescued from house in Cape Town

The feline was found by detectives at a property in Athlone on Wednesday following a tip-off.

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

The inspiring South African choirU2's Beautiful Day at America's Got Talent quarter-finals.

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

The reason for the leakage has been revealed, explains Table Mountain Aerial Cableway MD Wahida Parker.

[WATCH] 'I'm not trying to justify what she did,' Zephany Nurse in her own words

[WATCH] 'I'm not trying to justify what she did,' Zephany Nurse in her own words

Stolen from her mother's bedside as a newborn 22 years ago, Zephany or Miché Solomon as she is now known, tells her story.