South Africa - Social Franchising for Operations and Maintenance of School Sanitation Facilities and Demonstration of on-site Faecal Sludge Treatment

Project Summary

Approval Date 12 Dec 2014
Signature Date 07 Apr 2015
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2019
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2019
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Water Supply & Sanitation
DAC Sector Code 14010
Commitment U.A 979,655.59
Status Completion

Project General Description

The rationale of the Social Franchising for Operations and Maintenance of School Sanitation Facilities and the Demonstration of on-site Faecal Sludge Treatment in East London project is the need to dramatically improve the usability of existing school sanitation facilities through franchised operation and maintenance services and safe handling of faecal sludge for non-sewered urban and peri-urban areas of East London District. This project aimed to facilitate better learning and improve environmental sanitation. It will be implemented in the Eastern Cape Province, one of South Africa’s poorest provinces, which suffers from a huge sanitation backlog, with high proportions (50%) of the population using ordinary pit latrines. It targets the Educational District of East London, one of 23 Educational Districts (predominantly peri-urban) within the Eastern Cape, with over 5,626 schools and 1.9 million enrolled children. The project will be conducted over a period of 30 months and is aimed to spend a total of € 2 424 216 for the purpose of executing the components under this project. It will be implemented through four key components: 1) Improved school sanitation facilities and practices for boys and girls; 2) Development and application of social franchise model; 3) Demonstration of PPP for faecal sludge management, and safe reuse; and 4) Project management and knowledge management.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the project is to replicate and expand affordable and sustainable business models for operation and maintenance of school sanitation facilities and safe handling of faecal sludge in peri-urban areas of Amathole and Buffalo City Municipalities.


The project targets 300 co-education schools in the peri-urban areas of the Municipal Districts of Buffalo City (266 schools) and Amathole (34 schools). The maintenance of sanitation facilities carried out by the franchisees in schools will benefit the pupils, this is estimated to be in the region of 100 000 learners. The project will further directly benefit the 5 (3 women, 2 men) franchisees successfully trained by Amanz’ abantu who will establish and run their own small business. It is expected that at least 50 trained youth will gain employment working as a support team to the franchisees.

Participating Organization

AfricaWater Facility Fund
Water Research Commission (WRC)


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZA-EAZ-004
Other IATI identifier CA-3-A034853001
Last Update 12 May 2021


Contact Details

Name ALEOBUA Boniface Osimua Yakubu

Geographic Location

Country South Africa