Mining Mirror May 2017 - Page 13

News Agreement drives water skills Highly water secure countries share three common features: they have high investments in knowledge solutions; they have well-maintained infrastruc- ture; and they focus on nurturing talent and skills. This reality makes the Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) well-matched partners. With its long-term investments in research, development, and innovation, as well as annually supporting an average of 400 students, the WRC is one of the key players supporting the development of new knowledge and solutions, and upholding an advanced skills pipeline to develop these solutions. The EWSETA has a pivotal role to play in orientating its 353 water sector levy payers towards emerging water solutions and innovations, and driving investments in skills and training for the water sector, which gears new entrants towards greater workplace preparedness and supports existing employees. Addressing the skills gap in the water sector requires three key interventions. First, we need the many existing water skills interventions in South Africa to be better coordinated and connected along the skills pipeline. Second, there is a need to link new workplace entrants with opportunities in the water ecosystem for on-site learning and prac F6WW&V6Rv627'V6FFWfVr&fW762F&BFR6FVBbvFW"6V7F"G&pVVG2FWVVVW2vFFR&ƗGF&R&W6ƖVBfW&RB&W&VBf"FRVW&vr6VvW2B6WF2bFRgWGW&RF7G&VƖRFRvFW"6V7F"62VƖRB&W&RvFW"6V7F"VVW2f"FRvFW"'2B'GVFW2bFRgWGW&RFRu$2@Uu4UD6vVB6&&FfRw&VVVBR&6#rF26&&Ff7W6W2W&rrFV6'GVFW2f"W7W&PFVW&vrvFW"6WF2BfF2W6rW7Fr'W'6'V&W'6BFW&6&6W76W26W6rV6627V62FRvFW FV6vW2FV7G&F&w&RFWRFV6'GVFW2FW6RWrvFW"6V7F"VG&G2FFV6wFV7G&F2@vVVB&6W76W2F2'FW'66w2f"FR67&VFbWrB&R&VWfBV662FBv66VW&FRB7G&VƖRFPvFW"62VƖRGW&rFR6vr6W&VFW6vVF4TbFRu$2V66VBFB( 6WFg&6( 2&WFRFvW"vFW"6V7W&GƖW2f&ǒFP&VbV6FFWfVVB7Vff6VBb6BFVB&V2FRV&W"R67G&BF2'FW'6&WGvVVFRu$0BFRUu4UD6VV2F6FǗ6RW"V&W6W&6RFWfVVBFFfW2FRu$2BFRUu4UDv'&FvRFRG&FFf'FvW'0b6FV֖BFR&Vv&Bbv&FBǒFWfV&vRWr6'G2bvFW"&fW762'WB6G&RWVVBvFGf6VBvVFvR0vV2FRV672bFRv&6RF2v&RfF"V7W&rFRgWGW&RvFW"6V7W&GbFR6VG'BG2&ƗGFvWBFFRF&vWB`VfW'666W72F6VvFW"B6fR6FF( ФƖvFr7G&W2V67B֖W2BV'&W0&VwV&ǒ6RF&VBFƖfRB&GV7FfG@&Rb66W&F&7FrW'6VBWVV@'F7V"'WBFW&R27FV6F&RV&@&WBr&W7BFvRF2&666&FrFF&&RFV66F&V7F"`$R7FF&B&6VGW&W2F&FV7Bv&W'2'&WV&rFVF6V"FR&7B&VVFW"6W'FvVFW"6FF26VB&R&fVB'&V6V@FV6vW2( FRVV7G&7FF2FVFFB'VG2WFPw&VB&Vf&RBGW&rFVFW'7F&2v@F6F"bƖVǒ7G&R"&VBFRffV7FV@&V( 62&&R( FW&6V6'2FFWFV7BF0VV7G&7FF2'VBW6&R'&VB&VB@ƖvFr7G&W2V67B֖W2BV'&W0FV7W&RF2FVFB&fFR&VƖ&P&VwV&ǒ6RF&VBFƖfRB&GV7FfG&VF7FbvVvW&RBr&vR7G&Pv&RFW6R77FV2&VǒV7W&rFR6&vPFRw&VBv6&6W2vVFR&6b7G&R7&V6W2( Ф6&VBvF7F&F&V7FG&VG2B7G&RGFW&2F2&VF7FFV6wvfW2֖W2v&rFB2W6VgVf"&6rFRW'@WfVFRGv7G&FVvW2v&vVvVVVBB֖ֆBB6&fR6fWGvR֖֗6r7BFRख'FFǒFW6R77FV2&R&WGFW"BFWFV7Fr6RbFR7BFvW&W2G2bƖvFr7G&W27V626FfR6VBFw&V@ƖvFr&G2v667G&RvW&RvF6WfW&WG&W2bFRfbFRFVFW'7F&gFVFW&RWW&V6VB&V2vW&RFP626V""ǒ6ƖvFǒ6VG( BV6RFV"&VrVB( &G2g&FR&V^( &VF7Fr6FfRƖvFr7G&W22'F7V&ǒ'FB2FV"7V'7FFvW"2ƖVǒFFFRW6fW26&vW2( B&RFWFWFF"&7FW""'VƲ6V6&vW2( B&7BW2vWfW"FV6v6Gf6W2fR&VVFRFRfVBbFWFF'2v66V6R6FR6fWGBVvRƖvFr&6( FR7B6vf6BbFW6R&fVVG2&VFRFFR&w&W72g&VV7G&2FVV7G&2FWFF'2VV7G&2FWFF'2&R'F7V&ǐ&RFVV7G&27W'&VG2Bv7B6W'FǒFFRg&V&'"F&V7BƖvFr7G&R2FWfR&FV7F&'&W'2v7B7W&vP7W'&VG2( 62&&RFW6RFWFF'2fR6֖rVG26V7FVBF&V7FǒFFRgW6RVBBW7BB&RW6VB֖W2GW&rƖvFp6V6VV7G&2FVFWFF'2FRFW"BfR6&7VB&&G26Fr&6W76"&W67F'2BVV7G&27W&vR&FV7F'2&WGvVVFR6֖rVG2BFRgW6RVB( B$RvRfRfW7FVB66FW&&R&W6V&6BFWfVVBFW"&V6VFǒ&VV6VB2tVV7G&2FVFWFF'2v6fRfW"&FV7F&'&W'2v7B7W&vR7W'&VG2B7W26W6VB'ƖvFr7G&W2( 62&&R#rԔrԕ%$ VWr&7B6FW26fRg&ƖvFr&60