|Water availability is one of the biggest threats facing South Africa’s people and businesses. 46% of municipalities cannot fulfill their water and waste mandate. To fix SA’s water crisis – this is where we need to start. Listen to NBI’s Alex McNamara discussing strategies on how to fix SA’s water crisis. Daily Maverick, 13 June 2019.|
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Ekurhuleni East TVET College hosts demand Activation in Solar Water Heating and Plumbing with IOPSA Members
EThe National Business Initiative (NBI) in partnership with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA), GIZ, Nedbank Foundation’s Eyethu Community Trust, Business Leadership South Africa’s Beyond Advocacy Fund and Ekurhuleni East TVET College (EEC) are implementing the Green Skills in TVET Colleges Intervention to unlock opportunities for effective TVET learning pathways in the Green Economy. Read here.
In 2016 the founding partners, the NBI, WWF, GIZ, Mondi and Tongaat Hulett came together with key public and private sector role-players to formalise the uMhlathuze Water Stewardship Partnership (UWASP). Currently the Goedertrouw Dam that supports most of the catchment’s water requirements is at 49% capacity and water restrictions have lessened, but are still in place. UWASP has established a committee of agriculture and government authorities to collaborate in catchment monitoring and to support decision making regarding dam releases. This support, combined with efforts to strengthen strategic water governance, enhanced metering and an online water balance platform will further boost water security in the region. The inclusion of many of UWASP’s priority interventions in the City of uMhlathuze and Mhlathuze Water strategies for climate change adaptation and action is an encouraging move towards further collaboration. Please contact Michelle Hiestermann should you wish to learn more about the UWASP.
The NBI launched the findings of its Kopano ya Metsi project at African Utility Week in Cape Town on Tuesday and will be doing the same at The Venue, Sandton on 6 June 2019. Over 18 months, Kopano ya Metsi has engaged with hundreds of experts to understand how national water investment can be unlocked, what role Public Private Partnerships can play in closing the water sector funding gap, and how we can strengthen municipal water management. Kopano ya Metsi (‘meeting for water’ in Sesotho) speaks directly to the need to investigate alternative delivery models and ways to improve the sector’s financial viability, as outlined in the national water and sanitation master plan. Please click here to view the project’s recently updated website page.
The NBI Social Transformation Programme aims to challenge and support our member companies to collectively work towards transforming to become an equal, equitable and inclusive society. Please click here to view further details and to see how your company can participate in this programme.
The first cohort of 37 apprentices on the Swiss South African hospitality apprenticeship programme (SSHAP!) began their 6-month apprenticeship at the Hilton Sandton, Hyatt Regency and Park Inn Sandton hotels. Read here.
On 22 March 2019 participated at the World Water Day Media Networking Breakfast hosted by the Department of Water & Sanitation in Pretoria. Gauteng. The session held under the theme: “Leaving no one behind, water for all”, was transmitted to 21 radio stations across the country and the topics discussed during two panel sessions, included Water Quality and Water Stewardship in South Africa. Alex shared possible collaborative ways to improve water quality in the country. View here.
Today (19 March 2019) participated in a panel discussion at the WC Premier’s Council on Skills, held in Cape Town. Makano addressed “Innovative Work Readiness Training” where Employers expect unemployed learners to be ready at the point of hiring and yet work readiness is not integrated into the school or College curriculum. The discussion focussed on how business can address this issue in partnership with TVETs and other institutions. Please contact: Makano Morojele should you require further feedback.
In 2017, the National Business Initiative (NBI) and the National Skills Fund (NSF) entered into a partnership aimed at enhancing the employability of graduates from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges through structured workplace-based learning in occupations linked to their areas of study. Read here.