Commitment to improving sanitation and safety at community schools is based on the UN Sustainable Development Goal to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030, and in respect for World Toilet Day
Anglo American Platinum is pleased to announce that the company’s Mogalakwena Complex has handed over three sanitation projects to Hans Masibe Primary School, Mantutule Secondary School and Matedu Secondary School. Further to this, the Complex has also identified five more schools to receive new sanitation systems.
This follows a discussion with the Department of Education to replace the pit latrines with flush toilets at the schools in the Complex’s host communities. The Department was concerned about the safety of the communities’ school children.
Mogalakwena Complex senior general manager Richard Cox explained that stainless steel cisterns were installed to ensure longevity. The sanitation systems also use a special septic design to organically break down the effluent and ensure no contamination, remove the toxins, and allow for the grey water to be piped underground to provide water to the schools’ vegetable gardens.
The handover ceremony took place ahead of World Toilet Day (19 November) which is a United Nations (UN) observance that highlights a serious problem – that 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation, while 4.5 billion live without a safe toilet. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. As such, the UN has highlighted that the world is not on track yet to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 6, which is to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030.
Anglo American has committed to finding new approaches to deliver step changes to achieve long-term and sustainable development opportunities in the regions around its operations. This is a key pillar in the company’s global sustainability strategy.
Commenting on the initiative, Seara Mkhabela, Executive Head of Corporate Affairs at Anglo American Platinum said: “The Anglo American sustainability strategy highlights the importance of keeping people and the environment safe and using collaborative regional development to provide sustainable benefits for host communities.
This is an exemplar of a successful and productive partnership between the Mapela Traditional Authority, the Mogalakwena Complex, the Department of Education and the community. We are pleased to have been able to assist the schools to find a solution to the safety issue that the previous pit latrines posed and be part of a more sustainable solution.”