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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The War On Leaks7 June, 2017 - South African water supplies are under extreme stress, with the current drought placing an even higher strain on our limited resources. According to the 2030 Water Resources Group (1) the country will face a shortfall of 17% between supply and demand by 2030. Efforts at water conservation are more important than ever. Even with individuals and businesses taking steps to reduce usage there is another major issue that must be addressed – water leakages.

According to figures released last year by the Minister of Water Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, the country loses just over R7-billion each year due to leaking taps and pipes. The same figures revealed that a staggering 25% of South Africa’s water is lost as a result of leakages. These leaks and the resultant shortage of water limits the development of towns and affects the wellbeing of individuals living in these areas. Water leakages are now being targeted by the national planning commission, as fixing them is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways of reducing water loss. 

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