May 2021.

As part of De Wildt Solar’s Hearts and Minds initiative, a waterless ablution facility has been installed at Rutanang AIDS Project, in Mmakau, in the Madibeng Local Municipality.

The ablution facilities, from Enviro Loo, have been installed to replace the use of old drop toilets, which are generally unhygienic and unsafe, often posing health risks.

This community Health Centre, which is situated very close to the solar project, provides much needed support and services to hundreds of community members and school learners. Services include HIV testing and counselling; education around chronic diseases; as well as assisting the local clinic with the distribution of chronic medication within the community.

“The eradication of unsafe and unhygienic ablutions is important, if we are going to help boost the dignity of our communities,” said Celiwe Mabaso, Community Operations Manager for De Wildt Solar.

This NGO is one of a number of direct beneficiaries of De Wildt Solar’s Socio-Economic Development programme, which aims to empower and strengthen local communities. The development programmes will focus on education, youth development, health, food security and welfare, throughout the solar project’s 20-year operational period. The programmes have been chosen following research and engagement to ensure that they are well informed and will strengthen the beneficiary communities.


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