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Helping Develop Excreta Flow Diagrams for South Africa
Municipal officials from across South Africa, responsible for the management of sanitation services converged at the Moses Mabhida Stadium from 6th to 7th August to actively participate in a Shit-Flow Diagram (SFD) Master Class. 

SFD is an easy visualised representation of excreta flows and serves as advocacy tool to ensure human excreta is managed safely through the sanitation supply chain. The benefit of the tool is that it offers an innovative way to engage relevant stakeholders including political leaders, sanitation experts, and civil society organizations in a co-ordinated dialogue about excreta management.

The Master Class was a collaborative initiative between the Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (MBI), the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Water Research Commission (WRC), eThekwini Municipality’s Water and Sanitation Department (EWS) Unit, Centre for Science and Environment in India, and the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE). 

The Water Research Commission has appointed Emanti to develop SFDs for selected sanitation systems in South Africa. This project aims to provide guidance to decision makers on improving faecal sludge management (FSM) using a tool that takes into account all the components of the sanitation value chain. The proposed study aims to apply the SFD tool and its standardised methodology in up to 30 municipalities, and supporting the establishment of regional capacity within South Africa to prepare high quality SFDs. This project therefore provides an opportunity to further understand the sanitation situation at a number of municipalities throughout South Africa, and simultaneously develop a national overview of the situation within South Africa. This will allow appropriate strategies to be developed to close any gap within sanitation, wastewater effluent and faecal sludge management in South Africa.

The informative two day session focussed on developing excreta flow diagrams and provided a dynamic, practical and interactive platform for practitioners to engage and learn. 

Practitioners who attended the full course will earn 1.5 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points from the Institute of Municipal Engineering South Africa (IMESA).
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