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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JeromeMay 30, 2017 - Jerome Meinie has been with The Water Academy in Knysna from the very early days. He joined the team in February 2008 as a general administrator. Amongst his many jobs he took care of reception duties, typing, the printing, binding and guillotining of all of our instruction manuals as well as despatch. He approached every task with willingness and diligence.

Jerome worked closely with TWA director, Jane Treffry-Goatley and learnt to use the publishing program, Indesign. He then assisted with the formatting of our manuals and the publication of TWA learnership modules. 

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TWA FacilitatorThe Water Academy works with industry professionals who have extensive experience in water and waste water management and associated engineering processes. Our facilitators work closely with our clients and travel countrywide to guide our educational programmes. We’d like you to meet one of our facilitators, Tony Ormston. Tony has been working with local municipalities for over 34 years. He started as an apprentice plumber and worked his way up to the role of senior superintendent, finally retiring from municipal work in 2011. Tony started facilitating Water Academy learnerships in 2012. After a hiatus of 3 years, when we worked on a huge engineering project in London, we were delighted when Tony came back to South Africa and joined the team again in 2016. Tony has a vast knowledge of all aspects of water management and shares his experience in a clear and generous manner. Tony is currently one of the facilitators for our LGSETA leadership programme in the Western Cape.