Team Building29 July, 2017 - The Water Academy staff enjoyed the first of a series of team building workshops at our head office in Knysna. The entire team gathered together, travelling from around the country. The session was facilitated by Linden Booth, an experienced team and leadership coach who executed a well-structured and professionally run workshop. The main objective of the session was to build on The Water Academy’s great team spirit and to give each member of staff the opportunity to be heard and to make suggestions on how we can improve on what we do as a team.

Linden created a safe space for the sharing thoughts and ideas as well as allowing the team to get to know each other better and have some fun. The exercises and processes offered valuable tools to enhance professional procedures and bring a sense of cohesion to our team. Several processes were identified for improvement and these are already being discussed.

During the workshop session, the team co-created a constructive plan for targeted areas in which to improve business and personal growth.

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WISA 2018 Logo1July, 2017 - The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) is hosting its biennial conference and exhibition next year. This will take place at the CTICC, Cape Town, from 24 to 27 June 2018. The central theme of “Breaking barriers, Connecting ideas” seeks to address past, existing and future water resource challenges by promoting collaboration, cooperation and integration within the water sector.

The Southern African region faces increased uncertainty and vulnerability regarding water supply. Thematic areas for the conference seek to promote, inspire and demonstrate the value of working beyond existing mandates and perceived restrictions. While an emphasis is placed on Southern African case studies and research, international examples applicable to the Southern African context are also welcome. 

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Learnership ModerationAnnie Smith joined The Water Academy 6 years ago as a part-time moderator and is now based full-time at our Knysna Head Office. Annie’s role has expanded over the years and includes proof-reading of all Learnership Modules to check spelling, grammar and clarity of information. Annie is also our in-house moderator. She liaises with our Learnership Facilitators to ensure that standards of systems and guidelines are sustained and adhered to across all of our Learnerships. Facilitators can feedback to Annie should they have suggestions for improvements or modifications.

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TWA Head Office Team3 July, 2017 - The Water Academy welcomes Siyanda Magela (Siya) to the team. Siya (centre front of photo) joins us in the role of administrator and receptionist. Pictured here are our Knysna Head Office staff, from back left to right: Marius Pretorius (General Manager), Vivienne Nel (Administration),  Kevin-Treffry Goatley (Founder & CEO), Shane Botha (Publications), Anne Smith (Moderation), Momawethu Mweli (Administration), Jane Treffry-Goatley (Director), Busisiwe Mningiswa (Administration/Publication Design), Siyanda Magela (Administration), Garvey Dixon (Publications/Graphic Design)

Marius Pretorius GMIn 2012 Marius Pretorius, was a lecturer at the University of Limpopo where he taught on the BSC Water & Sanitation course. Marius received a call from Kevin Treffry-Goatley, founder of The Water Academy, who asked him if he would be interested in a few weeks’ consultancy work for the company. 5 years later, Marius is still with TWA having relocated to work on a full time basis at our head office in Knysna as General Manager. 

Marius deals with the day to day management of the business include administration, finances and client liaison. He works closely with our clients to ensure that the detail of Learnership structures, pricing and service level agreements are accurate and meaningful. 

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