All public restrooms (even in shopping centres and petrol stations) will now require a R10 entry fee…
South Africans are bracing for a hefty fuel price increase this month, but road trips will be even more pricey now that the SA department of sanitation has implemented a new public restroom toll. According to reports, funds will go towards cleaning up the Vaal, and essential water infrastructure maintenance.
However, citizens are fuming at the news of yet another form of ‘tax’
“We’ve got sin tax, road tax, petrol tax, and income tax. We’ve just about got rid of e-tolls, and now we have to pay to use the toilet!” tweeted Johannesburg mom, Urinaria Parvam. “What about taking the kids on holiday and all the bathroom stops along the way?!”
Instead of stopping off at the petrol station for a quick bathroom break, holiday makers and travellers will have to fork out an extra R10 every time they use the toilets.
And the fees don’t stop at public restrooms or petrol stations
Even shopping centres will be forced to implement the new tolls. The department has already begun installing credit card machines and coin-operated locks in the restrooms of some of the country’s major shopping centres.
According to spokesperson for the department, Magna Stercus, the tolls will be used to help rehabilitate the polluted Vaal River and maintenance of water infrastructure around the country.
“We have been struggling to identify funds for maintenance as the majority of the budget has been redirected through state capture,” said Stercus. “However, we believe that the new p-tolls will provide a more regular, robust source of income which can be used for the essential maintenance required to keep the country’s water infrastructure in tip top shape.”
Pee before you leave
April is going to turn out to be a tough financial month for South African residents. Particularly with all of the public holidays ahead. So if you are taking leave to travel, or spending some of your public holidays at the shopping centre, make sure to pee before you leave.
All4Women would like to remind our readers that today is 1 April.