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Analysis of green occupations: The local government sector perspective

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Local Government Sector & Education Training Authority (LGSETA)

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Khoza, Nathi; Mabuza, Janet; Pete, Kwena; Aoyi, Ochieng; Modiba, Edward; Otieno, Benton


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A study was carried to analyse existing and potential green occupations and identify green qualifications and skills necessary for the development of green economy practices. The study was carried out within the context of the role of local governments in the adoption of green economy strategy, leading to the creation of green jobs in the water and wastewater treatment sector, in selected local governments across the Republic of South Africa (RSA). The study assessed the capability of local governments to effectively play the role of creating access to training and skills development. The research was conducted across all the provinces of the RSA within a period of six months by a team of researchers from the Vaal University of Technology. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches were implemented, and both national and regional data were used. A total of 96 water and wastewater treatment plants in 55 different local and metropolitan municipalities were surveyed. The strides made in creating green occupations in local governments both locally and globally were analysed from available literature and comparisons made. This project identified green occupations in the local government sector and carried out a green skills audit of employees in various wastewater treatment plants. This study brought into perspective the concept of green occupations in local government, with focus on jobs in water and wastewater treatment.

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