Our work on sanitation in schools has focused largely on schools in Limpopo thus far. The reason for this is that there is a serious shortage of adequate sanitation in Limpopo based schools, with a reported 3000 schools still using dangerous and unsanitary pit toilets, according to 2014 data.
It was in 2012, when we were working in Limpopo on #TextbooksMatter that we first became aware of the sanitation crisis in Limpopo schools. We then began an ongoing campaign of writing to and meeting with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Limpopo Department of Education (LDE) in an attempt to raise awareness of these issues and get the departments to move on a plan to improve the situation. See full timeline here.
This issue became all the more urgent in January 2014, when six-year-old Michael Komape fell into one of the pit toilets at his school and drowned. We have been working on the Komape case while continuing in our efforts to improve the sanitation situation in Limpopo schools so that this never happens again.