More youths training for War on Leaks

2016-04-06 06:00

THE Department of Water and Sanitation is ready for the second intake of 740 unemployed youth.

They are to be trained through the War on Leaks Programme to assist its various municipalities.

The youth have been identified and trained. It is expected that they will be allocated to different municipalities in the province to help eradicate water losses.

The trainees wil receive a monthly stipend. They will also receive formal qualifications at the end of their training.

According to Amogelang Moholoeng of the Department of Water and Sanitation in the Northern Cape, three priority municipalities, including the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality, have been identified.

Sol Plaatje is to receive the bulk of the trained youth, with an allocation of 250.

“The Joe Morolong Local Municipality is to receive an allocation of 135 trained youth, followed by the Dikgatlong Local Municipality, which is to receive 60,” Moholoeng stated.

“Other municipalities under discretionary consideration are: the Emthanjeni Municipality which is to receive 45 water agents, plumbers and artisans; Umsobomvu 35, Namakhoi 50, Gasegonyana 82 and finally //Khara-Hais who will get 83.”

The War on Leaks Programme was announced by President Jacob Zuma last year, when he said that government would launch the programme, which was designed to train young people to curb water losses.

Criteria for the municipal allocations are based on high levels of non-revenue water losses as reported by the Water Research Commission, per capita water use in municipalities and, in some cases, commitments made by political principals during public engagements.

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