Water Dialogue Knysna MunicipalityFebruary 2018 - The Water Academy was invited to attend a meeting entitled “Water Dialogue” at Knysna Municipality on 26th January, 2018. The invitation was issued in order that local businesses could engage with government bodies on the issue of a collective response to the Western Cape’s current water security.

The province is facing its worst drought in living memory. With climate change projections, it is estimated that the region is facing a 30-40 year water security challenge. The forum aimed to open up and facilitate discussion about an effective collective response to the current water shortage situation as well as how we can adapt to a “new normal”. Speakers offered information about the the response actions taken by government and business to date, talked of the development of water service and technologies, support available to local businesses and the possibility of forming effective partnerships in order to facilitate a community response to the current situation.

Garvey and Noma represented The Water Academy and brought this important dialogue back to the team at the office. In-house discussions have since taken place in order to establish how TWA can partner with the municipality and other local groups in mutual support and forward planning.

Conserve WaterAccording to the UN, nearly one in three people worldwide live in a country facing a water crisis, and less than five percent of the world lives in a country that has more water today than it did 20 years ago. Lana Mazahreh grew up in Jordan, a state that has experienced absolute water scarcity since 1973. She learned how to conserve water as soon as she was old enough to learn how to write her name. In this practical TED talk, she shares three lessons from water-poor countries on how to save water and address what's fast becoming a global crisis. Click here to view the talk online.

Unathi water plant1Unathi, Nov 17 - It is interesting to be a female process controller. As we know in life many things have advantages and disadvantages and as for my case I have found many more advantages than disadvantages working with men, and being a woman amongst them has given me privileges in so many things. The kind of treatment I receive from them has been special as they feel they are obliged to help me in everything, as I am a woman. Not that they disrespect me or anything but rather they feel the need to help and protect, assisting me to lift heavy things.

When I first started working as a process controller I had the privilege to work with older men that I could regard as my elders. They treated me with love and respect. Without hesitation they showed me how things were operated that I didn't know how to operate. As for the younger men though it has been a different story; more of a challenge than a privilege to work with them as they will not shy away to point out that in certain things they will not help because I chose to be here. It's more like they refuse to accept me as their senior because I'm a woman and they refuse to complete certain duties I ask them to do on time. I have no complaints though; it comes with the job. These kinds of men are of a small group and I believe as time goes they will grow and their attitude will improve. 

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TWA ChristmasDecember, 2017 - Our offices will be closing for a short break from 15 December 2017 - 8 January 2018. Thanks to our team, clients and the many Learners with whom we are privileged to have interacted with this year. We wish you all a happy and healthy festive season and look forward to seeing you in 2018. We trust you have enjoyed reading "The Daily Drop" during 2017! We'll be back with more water industry news and articles next year......

Shane Training MaterialsNovember, 2017 - Shane Botha has been with The Water Academy for 7 years. Aside from the founders of the company, Shane is the longest serving member of the team who he says are “like family”. Shane is responsible for the printing, binding and dispatch of Learner Modules and training materials. On the day we spoke, Shane had his printing machines running full tilt preparing for an upcoming Learnership and was surrounded by tall stacks of colourful manuals.

Shane learnt his skills on the job with TWA and now operates 2 state of the art printers and a lay flat binder to produce high quality materials that are used in the field. The job can sometimes be pressurised, especially when there are many learnerships in progress simultaneously. Shane stays calm, even with tight deadlines, and expresses a real enjoyment for his work. He speaks highly and respectfully of his colleagues: “In The Water Academy team everyone is willing to lend a hand to get the job done well”.

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