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Media Advisory: The SAHRC to engage with strategic stakeholders on the bucket toilet system

Attention: Editors and Reporters

09 November 2022

The United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. The Day seeks to raise awareness and foster action towards access to safe sanitation. The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Target 6.2 of the SDG 6 calls for the achievement of safe toilets for all by 2030. Despite this noble goal, the world is seriously off track in achieving this target. According to estimations, the world will need to work four times faster to be able to deliver on the promise of safe toilets for all by 2030.

Despite the significant strides taken by the South African government to address sanitation, challenges of access to safe sanitation continue to exist. A significant proportion of the population continues to resort to the bucket toilet as a form of sanitation. This is despite numerous undertakings by government, since the end of the apartheid era, to eradicate this system. In view of the persistent use of the bucket toilet system as a form of sanitation due to government’s unmet commitments, the South African Human Rights Commission (Commission) has resolved to take a more focused approach.

In that regard, the Commission will, on Tuesday, 15 November 2022, engage with strategic stakeholders to solicit technical expertise and explore opportunities of collaboration in ensuring the resort to bucket toilet as a form of sanitation is ended.

Further, the Commission is re-issuing the call for members of the public to submit any information that might assist in enriching the initiative to compel government to fulfill its commitments. Those with information relating to: a) the reliance by communities on the bucket toilet system, b) any empirical or comparative studies in this regard and, c) any viable potential technological solutions suited to South African conditions, are invited to make submissions.

Those wishing to make submissions, as well as those wishing to communicate their interest to attend the stakeholder engagement on 15 November 2022, are invited to indicate their intent to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Wisani Baloyi – Acting Communications Coordinator Tel: 081 016 8308 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Alucia Sekgathume – External Communications Tel: 082 689 2364 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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