World Toilet Day
18-Nov-2008 1:55 PM  

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day observance: 19 November 2008

The Department, through the branch Sanitation will observe World Toilet Day (WTD) on Wednesday 19 November 2008. This initiative is part of the activities of the International Year of Sanitation (IYS) which is also meant to raise awareness about the objective of refocusing and reprioritising sanitation towards accelerated programmes aimed at meeting the set Sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

First observed in 2001, the WTD has become a platform for several sectors to improve access to sanitation services by raising awareness and sharing expertise on rural and peri-urban toilets. South Africa (SA) will join the global community in celebrating this campaign.

The purpose of observing WTD in SA
  1. To increase the quality of sanitation service delivery projects and the pace of toilets construction by all
  2. Increase access to sanitation by providing resources and raising the toilet users’ awareness about their responsibilities to ensure better toilet environment
  3. Raise awareness of government’s programmes and commitment to accelerate eradication of sanitation service delivery backlogs to the poor


World Toilet Day Messages

a) Toilets deserve better social status

b) Construction of toilets for all is achievable

c) Toilets for all and all for toilets


World Toilet Day Activities

Officials of DWAF in partnership with those of the Department of Health, the Ward councillor of Denneboom, and community members of Denneboom will go to the Denneboom Taxi Rank to hold a cleaning campaign of toilets.

Regions will have their own events characterised by sharing information with the public to raise awareness about WTD and its messages.

Mobilisation of different stakeholders to assist in efforts to eradicate sanitation backlogs and to ensure that Sanitation MDGs targets are met.
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