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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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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