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Water and wastewater management in local government: Skills needs and development - Final report part I

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Local Government Sector & Education Training Authority (LGSETA)

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Majozi, Thokozani; Seid, Esmail; Rwanga, Sophia; Leswifi, Taile; Onyango, Maurice; Aoyi, Ochieng; Kesi, John


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Water and wastewater management in South Africa is almost reaching a crisis level and for this reason there is an increasing need for collaboration among different stakeholders. In 2014, the Local Government Sector Education and Training (LGSETA) and the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) formed a partnership by signing a memorandum of agreement. The aim of the partnership is to address the problem of skills development and water management by local government in South Africa. The first step in this journey was to initiate a project that, among other issues, can provide an engagement platform for academic institutions and local government to seek solutions to water and wastewater management problems. It is for this reason that the VUT and LGSETA jointly organized a round table discussion (RTD) at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre on 25 February 2015. The aim of the RTS was to get the buy in from the municipalities and there after field work was conducted to assess the efficiency of water and wastewater management by the local government. The project is worked on through a collaboration of VUT with University of the Witwatersrand and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). The aim of this project was to integrate the ideas presented by various stakeholders with the project objectives in order to focus on the identified priority issues. This work analysed the situation as presently is, emerging challenges and matching new technologies to the challenges. The approach was to identify technologies that are relevant to region specific problems and link these with skill development needs. This project focused primarily on Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo. However, secondary data was obtained from other provinces for comparison purposes. The report on the project is divided into two parts where Part I deals with water and Part II deals with water, wastewater and the link between the two and energy.

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