Ndola City Council (NCC) has granted permission to Z-MART Mall in Ndola to continue charging members of the public a K2 fee for using public toilets at the mall.
NCC Public Relations Manager, Tilyenji Mwanza in an interview with ZANIS said Z-mart mall has been granted permission to continue charging the fee because it is located near a market and a bus station stating that, the influx of people using the toilets is not just from those shopping but from the market and the bus station.
She said the council had a meeting with Z-mart management who explained that the fee is being used to ensure the public facility is kept clean as it is accessed by so many people due to its location.
ZANIS reports that Ms Mwanza said the council carried out a survey and confirmed that the facility is not just being used by shoppers at the mall, but by marketeers and different people found at the bus station.
She explained that people started to vandalise the toilets when the fee was scraped off thereby making it difficult for management at the mall to be replacing the destroyed or stolen fittings.
The Council PRM said the K2 fee enables management to ensure the facility is kept clean at all times and helps to replace any destroyed items in order to maintain sanity at the facility.
However, Ms Mwanza has warned other mall managers to stop charging members of the public wanting to use toilets noting that, only Z-Mart Mall is exempted because of its location.