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.

Hessequa LearnershipThe LGSETA training programme for the Western Cape is in full flow. Water Academy facilitator, Charles Crawford is leading this educational initiative in two centres, Hessequa (Riversdale) (31 Learners) and Prince Albert (25 learners). The overall goal is to conduct a successful learnership over a 12 month period. The learnership includes theoretical studies in a classroom as well as practical plant work. This approach will empower the learners to treat drinking water and wastewater that is returned to the environment to the high standards specified in regulations promulgated under the water acts. We will keep you updated with news of this exciting programme.

LGSETA LogoMay 2017 - Local government sector education and training authority, LGSETA creates and implements various innovative skills development interventions aimed at assisting local government employees, the unemployed and other people such as ward councillors and traditional leaders working within the structures of local government (source: www.lgseta.co.za). The Water Academy has been appointed by LGSETA in the Western Cape to undertake training for its water sector employees. In addition, a number of unemployed persons will also participate in this training and will be integrated into the Western Cape’s local government water treatment plant staff upon successful completion of this programme. 

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