World Vision-Zimbabwe, a heavy-weight Christian organisation operating in the relief and humanitarian aid, is this year set to renovate and rehabilitate 20 of over 70 public toilets in Bulawayo at an undisclosed cost.

According to the latest council minutes, World Vision secured funding for the project, which will run up to June 30, 2012, from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

Some of the toilets to be covered under the project include the defunct revenue hall (underground), Nkulumane Complex Bus Terminus, Makokoba Market and Cowdray Park Terminus.

During a meeting between the city council and World Vision in December last year, it was suggested that the squat pans be replaced with pedestal ones in all toilets that are planned to be repaired.

Accepting the Word Vision offer with “great appreciation”, the city fathers resolved that “all those public toilets renovated be locked overnight, between 18:00 and 06:00 to prevent vandalism and that where possible some of these repaired and renovated toilets be converted into pay toilets.”

To complement the project, World Vision will also train 20 personnel from the local authority’s cleansing section on basic maintenance of those toilets. The donor will also purchase boiler suits, gumboots, gloves, masks and other protective clothing to be used by the caretaker cleaners.

In the past, World Vision has rehabilitated five of the city’s public toilets, again with the support from SIDA.