South Africa and Japan are in partnership as the Department of Water and Sanitation trains more artisans to deal with water losses in communities.
Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the Ambassador of Japan, Norio Maruyama, are on Monday, 22 March, is expected to officially hand over a multimillion rand training yard and launch the training programme on non-revenue water.
The training yard, located in Roodeplaat, Gauteng, will provide the basics of training artisans to deal with water losses in communities.
The Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) is funding the construction of the training yard in Gauteng, and a South African construction company has been contracted for the project.
The yard was designed by by the department’s engineers, with technical support from the JICA.
Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, said:
DWS engineers will handle all the activities, including the maintenance of the training yard, to ensure sustainability of the programme. The training yard is completed and ready to be handed over to the South African government by the Japanese government.
This makes positions for artisans who require training soon to be available.
The handover of the facility took place on the last day of South Africa’s National Water Week, was commemorated on15 - 22 March 2021.
Water loss is an ongoing problem in South Africa and artisans receiving the required training will benefit South African communities and enable us to deal and avoid these massive water losses.