The Japanese government has given the South African Ministry of Water and Wastewater (DWS) a multi-million-rand training yard.
The Japanese government financed the construction of the training facility in the DWS Roodeplaat Training Center through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).
The training yard covers the basics of training craftsmen to deal with water losses in communities. The drafts of the training yard were carried out by DWS engineers with technical support from Jica.
Craftsmen are being trained against the background of growing concerns about the huge water losses in South Africa, estimated at R9 billion a year.
Minister of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu According to Wasser, the threat is threatened by a growing population, increasing demands from agriculture and industry, and the worsening effects of climate change.
“The ministry and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) are facing a similar challenge regarding the state of non-sales water in South Africa. Municipalities do not have the capacity or ability to train their officers in non-sales waters, and the country does not have a specific functional facility to provide training.
“It is clear that the Japanese model of non-revenue water management is the simplest as it focuses primarily on the practical side of dealing with non-revenue water rather than theory. We will continue with Salga, the department for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, working together. The education and training authorities of the sector and the subways are ensuring that this project achieves its intended goals, “she added.