Most mines in South Africa use the open-type drum toilet which has several health implications and degrades the dignity of users and those cleaning the drums. Any waste that accumulates inside the drum is visible and noxious fumes spread. Vermin can also spread disease if they enter the toilets and move through the mine or come into contact with food or water supplies.
The NIC toilet uses Nano technology to prevent debris from sticking to the bowl and is lockable. This results in a more hygienic, dignified and secure solution for miners underground.