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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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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