Bulk water utility Rand Water said on Monday it would launch an academy aimed at building skills and capacity development in the water and sanitation sector.
The Rand Water Academy would be launched at the 2012 Water Institute of Southern Africa Conference, in Cape Town this week.
The academy would initially cater for the critical skills issues within Rand Water and then for the skills challenges that affect the South African water and sanitation sector, as well as on the continent.
At a later stage, it would incorporate various other models that include technology development, research platforms and the establishment of centres of competence and excellence.
“Rand Water envisages that the academy will develop into an entity that will drive the capacitation and professionalisation of engineers, artisans, process controllers, scientists, accountants and future leaders,” the utility stated.
Research and development would also be undertaken at the academy, a platform through which it intended to increase the number of rated researchers within the water sector.
Rand Water said it would adopt the National Research Foundation criteria for researcher ratings in the various research themes.
Source: Engineering News
Author: Engineering News
Date: 7 May 2012