group of 25 municipal officials and educators from Technical Vocational
Education and Training (TVET) colleges in the Western Cape attended the first
Water Governance for Water Leaders learning programme at Stellenbosch
programme, presented by the SU
Water Institute (SUWI) in partnership with its School of Public
Leadership (SPL), was developed specifically for municipal
councillors and officials by the SPL’s Prof. Erwin Schwella in collaboration
with several experts in the water sector.
Schwella says the course connects the fields of leadership development,
practices in water governance and leadership innovation in public water
utilities and institutions by way of comparative and relevant case studies.
course, which is registered with SU and holds nine credits on level eight of
the National Qualifications Framework, took place from 6 to 10 February 2017.
officials from Hessequa, George, Knysna, Swellendam and the City of Cape Town
attended, as well as educators and officials from Boland College, South Cape
College, Northlink College and representatives from various non-governmental
organisations and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the water
sector. A representative of the policy and regulation division of the
Department of Water and Sanitation attended as an observer.
the course, partipicants had to complete a class-based group project and an
examination at the end of the programme. Participants also have to submit an
individual assignment by the end of February, after which the successful
candidates will receive a Certificate of Competence.
this week, they were also addressed by a panel of experts in the water industry.
They were Dr Thokozani Kanyerere, senior lecturer in hydrology at the Institute
for Water Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Prof. Jaqui
Goldin, extra-ordinary professor of anthropology and water sciences at UWC, Ms
B.D. Hene, director: policy and regulation in the Department of Water and
Sanitation (DWS), and Mr George Tsibane, consultant and former chief director
in the DWS.
Errol Gradwell, chief executive officer of the Energy and Water Sector
Education and Training Authority (EWSETA), gave the welcoming address at the
beginning of the programme.
Mr Manuel Jackson, project-manager at SUWI,
says apart from the learning programme they are also developing an occupational
qualification in waste water treatment in partnership with EWSETA under the
framework of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
“TVET Colleges can play a pivotal role in building
capacity in the water sector and specifically in a critically important area such
as waste water treatment,” he adds.
The next learning programme will take place from 8
to 12 May 2017 at the Saldanha Municipality. For information about upcoming
workshops and short courses, contact Ms. Katherine Morris at email@example.com or 021 808 9453.