5 February 2013

Namibia: Smelly 'Longdrops' a Thing of the Past

THE stench of pit latrines - which is are still a part of Namibian life in the rural areas and informal settlements - could soon become something of the past with the introduction of 'Toilet Friend'.

A biological formula created by a South African company which removes dirt, bacteria and the odour from toilet pits has been proven to last at least a month. This product can also be used in septic tanks and French drains.

Benjamin Kambala, a Namibian entrepreneur who started off washing cars to make a living, has established himself as a versatile tradesman. He is the man behind the distribution of this innovative product which he named Toilet Friend.

He also recently visited the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX) through the ministry of trade and industry. "We went to South Africa to seek suppliers at the exhibition," he told The Namibian. "I was the only one to come back with a new idea."

It was there that Kambala was introduced to Farmos Health, which was looking for distributors of its products.

Kambala was immediately interested when he saw the need for this product in Namibia.

"There are several communal farmers as well as people in informal areas that still use pit toilets. It works like a bomb," said Kambala.

He approached Agra with the product, which did not hesitate to come aboard. "I now have a suppliers' agreement with Agra to test the product on the open market. We supply to all 18 branches countrywide," he said.

How does Toilet Friend work? Kambala says the product needs to be mixed with water and stirred thoroughly before it can be poured into the toilet pit.

"After 12 hours it will start showing effectiveness. The toilet will not stink again," he said. The product can only be used once, but the results can last up to a month. Kambala said flies and odours are a thing of the past. "For only N$45 your toilet will remain clean and fresh all month long."

Toilet Friend is a bio-active product which is safe and environmentally friendly.

For more information, contact Kambala at 081 245 8561, or any Agra branch.

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