The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, took ownership of the Training Yard on Non-Revenue Water Management, built by the Government of Japan, from Maruyama Norio, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of South Africa.
The event took place on Monday, 22 March 2021, World Water Day 2021, which was the last day of South Africa’s National Water Week commemoration.
The Japanese Government, through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), funded the construction of the training facility at the Roodeplaat Training Centre of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). The Training Yard covers the basics of training artisans to deal with water losses in communities. The designs of the training yard were conducted by DWS engineers with technical support from JICA.
A South African company was contracted by JICA to construct the Training Yard. DWS engineers will handle all the activities, including the maintenance of the Training Yard to ensure sustainability of the programme.