A partnership between South Africa and Japan will see the Department of Water and Sanitation train artisans to deal with water losses in communities.

The training programme on non-revenue water will be conducted at the multimillion rand training yard and launch the training programme on non-revenue water.

The training yard, which is in Roodeplaat, Gauteng, covers the basics of training artisans to deal with water losses in communities.

The design of the training yard was done by the department’s engineers, with technical support from the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA).

A South African company was contracted by JICA to construct the training yard, which the Japanese government, funded through JICA.

“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,” said Water and Sanitation spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau.

The initiative could not have come at the right time. At the time when millions of South Africans in communities lack access to clean water, a report from the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation said the country’s municipalities lost 1.1 million litres of water.

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