#LiveWireSA The community of Mzondi takes a DIY approach to service delivery

Men digging up a hole in the process of cunstructing a toilet.

Men digging up a hole in the process of cunstructing a toilet.

The women in the community preparing a meal for everyone

The women in the community preparing a meal for everyone

Every Saturday morning, residents of Mzondi informal settlement get Grassroot notifications reminding them of their weekly meeting. The agenda is such meetings is usually development. It is decided here into how many groups they will be split into and and what will be the task of each individual group.

A completed, fully fucntional DIY toilet

A completed, fully fucntional DIY toilet

How residents typically divide themselves is these meetings is that the women cook for everybody in the community and look after the children. The men repair broken shacks and install pipes for water and sanitation and build functional, running toilets. The person to facility ratio is not ideal at this moment but the community has been making strides. Functioning taps and usable toilets have been installed thus far.

The community women preparing a meal

The community women preparing a meal

The community has plans for development in the future and have started implementing some of them, this includes a dirt road that has been carved out by flattening the surface on the area next to the settlement. Motorist from neighbouring Ivory Park have began using it as it an alternative from the often congested main road.

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