Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation meets Mayor Jordaan

JULY 1, 2015

The Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pamela Tshwete, visited the Nelson Mandela Bay on Wednesday to brief the Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, on the War on Leaks Programme Launch planned for 18 July 2015 which will be presided by the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Honourable Nomvula Nokonyana and other senior Cabinet members.

The meeting came as President Jacob Zuma, in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), noted that the country loses R7 billion a year on water losses. The Department of Water and Sanitation has since rolled out a national uniform programme on leaks.

The programme started with the analyses of water losses in various municipalities in the country. This was followed by consultations with water boards, municipalities, Department of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs, Department of Higher Education and Training. The views of these stakeholders will enrich the content of the programme and the proceedings for the launch.

The first category of trainees in this programme will be water agents that will be deployed in the communities and their responsibility will be to undertake water conservation advocacy, basic leak detection, environmental impact and water wise knowledge.

Secondly the programme will train artisans in the form of fitters and turners, welders, instrument mechanics and electricians. Their responsibility will be to do repairs, retrofitting and replacement of equipment.

Thirdly, the programme will train plumbers that will work on water loss reduction, installation of water - efficient devices, water leakage repairs, conduct water audits, identify and repair water leaks, retrofit water fixtures, fitting and devices.

This training programme will run over a period of three years and at the end of  three years 15 000 artisans will have been trained.

The Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Councillor Danny Jordaan is happy to host the planned national launch. According to him at the end of the first year we must see results and reduce drastically water losses and save the millions of rand that all municipalities are losing.

This launch will take place at Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide and will  bring about 1500 trainees from all over the country. The programme will entail live activities by Councillors and Cabinet Members as the part of the Mandela Day 67 minutes of community service.