Facilitator wkshop 4 Nov17November, 2017 -The Water Academy’s vibrant, hard working facilitators were invited to the head office in Knysna to meet, connect and share ideas and experiences as well as look at what improvements could be made to ensure our learners continue to receive the quality training they deserve. This is part of The Water Academy’s commitment to staying relevant, current and dynamic and recognising the pivotal role of its facilitators.

Linden Booth, who has run team-building workshops with the office staff before and appreciates the vision and aims of The Water Academy, facilitated the morning session. The facilitators revisited the vision and purpose of The Water Academy before discussing the culture of the organisation and their role within it. Conversation flowed and everyone learned from the stories and experiences of others. 

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Patrick Prins Process ControllerNovember, 2017 - Patrick Prins, a process controller at Witzenberg Municipality, and a learner at The Water Academy, reflects on the changing image of a sewerage worker:

“My life as a sewerage worker commenced nine years ago when I was appointed as a machine operator at Wolseley Waste Water Treatment Works. It also saw the start of a career in an unknown field but has proved to be one of the most significant career moves I ever made. The year 2008 saw the implementation of the Green and Blue Drop award structures, by the Department of Water Affairs, for all municipalities in South Africa. The main objective of this was to make sure all municipalities comply with the national standards set by Water Affairs. As a result the focus point and image of a sewerage worker changed forever. The most beautiful thing of the implementation of the Blue and Green drop structures is that it started opening career opportunities where workers could improve their knowledge and skills through learning activities to boost their careers. 

Not only the image of a sewerage worker has changed but also the name has changed to what is now known as a process controller. What started as a job people turned their noses up at has developed into a career full of opportunities and possibilities. It is a job that brings pride and dignity into the lives of process controllers.

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nqf logoThe South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a statutory body, regulated in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act No. 67 of 2008. It is made up of 29 members appointed by the Minister of Education in consultation with the Minister of Labour. SAQA is mandated by legislation to oversee the development and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

The functions of SAQA are essentially twofold :

1) To oversee the development of the NQF by formulating and publishing policies and criteria for registration of bodies responsible for establishing education and training standards or qualifications and for accreditation of bodies responsible for monitoring and auditing achievements in terms of such standards and qualifications. 

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Clean water for allOctober 2017 - The Water Academy is currently engaged in extensive educational courses throughout South Africa. We construct our courses to meet the specific needs of our partners and clients, who include local municipalities, water boards and water providers. Our courses all meet required standards for NQF qualifications. We engage with industry experts on an ongoing basis to ensure our course content is current, in a format that is accessible to learners and relevant to water industry needs. The Water Academy offers a full service to include assessment of requirements, course facilitation, workbooks and documentation, moderation of students and follow up. Our team is made up of dedicated individuals who have the knowledge and experience to assess our clients’ needs and respond accordingly. We look forward to commencing with 4 brand new projects in the near future, continuing to advance the Water Academy’s goal of clean water for all.

TWA Soup KitchenAugust,  2017 - The Water Academy is delighted to be supporting Nolene Calvert and her Community Soup Kitchen initiative in Hornlee, Knysna. Several years ago Nolene identified a need in her neighbourhood for a place that kids could visit after school to receive a nourishing meal and connect. Nolene’s Soup Kitchen now feeds up to 100 kids every Tuesday and Thursday without fail. If donations are insufficient, Nolene, her family and those who help her in the Soup Kitchen fund the meals out of their own pockets. The kids clearly look forward to this bi-weekly interaction with Nolene. They start to arrive shortly after school is out with containers for their lunch and gather outside Nolene’s home in Talousie Street where she has set up a kitchen in a container. A slow trickle of kids soon turns into a large crowd of excited, hungry children. 

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