Water Is Life And Sanitation Is Dignity

During the 2018 budget vote speech, deputy minister of water and sanitation Pamela Tshwete reported that the Department of Water and Sanitation has made progress in advancing the role of women in the sector through the mentorship programme.

The mentorship programme successfully meets the needs of the beneficiaries through a strict tailored programme that transfers experience, knowledge and skills on time and according to required standards.

“This programme will continue to assist the department to achieve the socioeconomic transformation that we aspire for. This year (2018) will be no different in terms of the awarding of the Department of Water and Sanitation bursaries. These bursaries are afforded to deserving internal employees and tertiary students who pursue studies in the fields of water and sanitation.

“The learning academy in the department has an intake of 40 learners in 22 universities across the country. We also have 8 interns and 44 graduate trainees who are mentored by technical managers within the department. We have now recruited 10 000 learners for training on combatting water leaks in communities. Today I want to report that the first phase of learners will be completing their training in September of the current financial year, while we are continuing with the second phase of the programme.”

“Water is life and sanitation is dignity” remains the department’s motto, and as Tshwete says: “Our commitment is to restore the dignity of our people through our sanitation programme. To improve on this front, we will continue to work with the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the private sector – both local and global – to develop and test the next generation toilets.

“Regarding the progress on this, I am happy to report that, of the 52 249 buckets in the formal settlements that were to be eradicated, 41 248 buckets have been eradicated. The remaining 11 001 is still a work in progress with a budget of R1-billion that has been allocated under estimated national expenditure for the current 2018/19 financial year. The focus will be on the Free State and Northern Cape Provinces,” she concludes.

Source:

www.dwa.gov.za

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