The percentage of South African households with no toilets or bucket toilets decreased from 12.6% in 2002 to 5.9% in 2010, a general household survey published on Thursday by Statistics South Africa showed.

Provinces with the highest percentage of no toilet facilities/bucket users include: Eastern Cape (16.3%), Limpopo (8.6%) and Northern Cape (6.8%).

The percentage of households that used the refuse disposal services of their municipality increased steadily - from 57.8% in 2002 to 62.1% in 2007 before falling back to 57.7% in 2010.

Access and use of refuse removal services were the lowest in Limpopo where only 11.6% of the population had their refuse removed by the municipality. Approximately 40% of the households in Mpumalanga (35.4%), Eastern Cape (39.6%) and North West (41.4%) said that their refuse was removed by the municipality. - I-Net Bridge