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  1. Integrated Regulatory Framework
  2. Project Consolidate and Municipal Support for Gauteng Regional Office
  3. Capacity building intervention
  4. Implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  5. Public Participation in the Establishment of Water User Associations and Catchment Management Agencies
  6. Evaluation of Post Project Evaluation Tools for Public Participation Processes
  7. Public Participation and Training for the 3 WMAs in KwaZulu Natal
  8. Public Participation in DWAF Regional Office Transformation
  9. Assessment of Post Project Evaluation of Stakeholder Participation Processes in the establishment of WMIs
  10. Water Conservation/Water Demand Management
  11. Capacity Building of CMFs
  12. Capacity Building of WUAs
  13. Water Quality Management
  14. Groundwater Management
  15. Outreach programs
  16. Stakeholder Consultation on Water Services Development Plans
  17. Capacity building to the management committee of WUA: principal functions
  18. Audit of Municipal Services in Informal Settlement
  19. ASGISA/ JIPSA Presidency Program
  20. Capacity building programme at Local Government
  21. Assessment of the Municipalities Workplace Skills Plan
  22. Assessment of the Wastewater Treatment Works in Gauteng

(1) Integrated Regulatory Framework

GBS as part of Khanyisile consortium was contracted by DWAF to develop an Integrated Regulatory Framework (IRF) for the entire Water Value Chain. Through this project, a water sector regulation model was developed and proposed to DWAF. The project produced a Situational Analysis (SA) which look at all the diverse and complex stakeholder base and legislation that impact on the Water Value Chain, a benchmarking report highlighting the best regulation models from around the world and South African regulators, e.g. NERSA was also produced. The project recommended three implementation options to implement regulation with the middle of the road option to implement regulation being the preferred model. An implementation report of all three options and detailed implementation plan for the preferred option was also produced. The project is awaiting implementation phase to commence.

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(2) Project Consolidate and Municipal Support for Gauteng Regional Office

Our staff was involved in the assessment of water services and resource support needs of the Project Consolidate municipalities and the WSAs responsible for the area. Our staff also assisted Project Consolidate municipalities with the review of Municipal Action Plans to reflect water services and resources issues as well as ensuring their alignment with the checklist results that would be fed into the national high level plan. They also assisted the DWAF Regional office with follow-up on water services and water resources issues recorded and resolutions taken at the municipal izimbizo and provincial water summit. Our staff represented DWAF in the sector and in provincial Project Consolidate structures, and also acted as the interface between the regional office DWAF Gauteng and the provincial Project Consolidate Programme Management Unit. In this regard, all Project Consolidate lessons were shared with all stakeholders through printed communication and other interactions. GBS employees continuously monitored DWAF support programmes to Project Consolidate municipalities to ensure their continued relevance. Our staff also assisted DWAF regional office with updating Municipal Support Plan for all the WSA, provided relevant water services and water resources information to dedicated personnel from other departments or programme partners and consultants preparation of progress reports.
Through this project the team has been responsible for the following amongst others:

  • Producing Municipal Support Plans;
  • Conducting Councillor Induction for councillors and Community Development Workers;
  • WSA Legislative Compliance Checklist;
  • Water Conservation Demand Management for the Minister’s Flagship Project;
  • Capacity Building and Skills Development for Waste Water Treatment Plants workers in Rietspruit, Emfuleni LM;
  • Business Plan for funding from the LG-SETA for capacity building of municipal staff;
  • Organising and facilitating a skills Indaba;
  • Drafting the Water Sector Forum Capacity Building and Institutional Development Task Team’s Terms of Reference;
  • Supporting the Water Sector Forum Capacity Building and Institutional Development Task Team;
  • Producing the Portfolio Committee visit report;
  • Skills transfer to newly appointed Regional Office staff.

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(3) Capacity building intervention

This intervention has been initiated by GBS and the Gauteng DWAF Regional office to ensure a roll-out of comprehensive municipal training and skills development programme at municipalities. The programme will target employees who are already employed by the municipalities and seek to roll-out a process for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and providing supplementary operational training. The initiative aims at a coherent skills development intervention in all municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment Works nationally, in support of the proposed DWAF Regulation 2834 and the associated Blue and Green Drop Certification process.

The programme will focus on implementing an extensive process of RPL, where required, in respect of water and waste water Learnership and Skills Courses at NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4. Where necessary and appropriate, candidates who are unable to fully meet the entry level requirements of the lowest appropriate National Certificate, but who have demonstrated competency in relevant Core and Elective Unit Standards will be supported to achieve the required credits for the certificate through the DoE and LGSETA ABET processes and/or an appropriate course such as the Level 1 Municipal Water Qualification developed by the LGSETA. In all instances, workers who have significant workplace experience will be empowered to act as workplace based facilitators and/or coach/mentors and/or assessors to ensure that workplace skills development support is put in place.

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(4) Implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

Our staff was involved in conceptualising, planning, implementation and monitoring of IWRM (I) in the uMvoti to uMzimkhulu Water Management Area (WMA) in KwaZulu Natal. GBS was appointed to conceptualise, plan, implement and monitor IWRM (II) in three WMA namely uMvoti to uMzimkhulu, uSuthu to uMhlathuze and uThukela. As part of the deliverables of IWRM,GBS formed the regional PMG, then the communities in KZN were identified and sensitized through CMFs, WUA and prior IWRM I interventions and other DWAF/Government Departments interventions. Other government departments and municipalities were also identified and sensitized. Stakeholders were requested to identify community projects that could be funded by the IWRM II. 90 community projects project were identified throughout KZN. An inception report was compiled and submitted to DWAF. The identified projects have not been implemented due to lack of funding.

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(5) Public Participation in the Establishment of Water User Associations and Catchment Management Agencies

The cornerstone of the Constitution of South Africa is public participation, and thus public participation/ stakeholder consultation is key to most projects undertaken by GBS. Our staff has assisted a stakeholder empowerment unit (DWAF) in identifying the various stages in the WUA and CMA establishment and operational processes where stakeholder participation was required. In this regard, a document (with the resources and tools that are necessary to facilitate consultation) intended to assist the unit in identifying the cooperative arrangements with other directorates was produced.

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(6) Evaluation of Post Project Evaluation Tools for Public Participation Processes

Our staff has assisted the Stakeholder Empowerment Unit (DWAF) to undertake a preliminary assessment of Post Project Evaluation Tools for stakeholder participation processes. The Unit recognised the need for such tools to assist them with refining and improving their current participation guidelines and methodologies. In doing so, we consulted a range of internal and external practitioners in the field of stakeholder participation, reviewed existing public participation evaluation tools and made recommendations on how the department could introduce these to existing processes.

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(7) Public Participation and Training for the 3 WMAs in KwaZulu Natal

Our staff played a leading role in the public participation processes, which led to the development of establishment proposals for the 3 CMAs in KwaZulu Natal. In this respect, GBS was involved in the revitalisation of existing Catchment Management Fora and in the processes to establish new ones where the need existed.

This entailed identifying the inactive CMFs, establishing the reasons for them being inactive, building capacity to ensure that they could become sustainable and providing ongoing support to these institutions.

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(8) Public Participation in DWAF Regional Office Transformation

DWAF initiated a consultative process to eradicate racism, achieve representivity and increased accountability. The process entailed consulting with staff and management and developing solutions to address the areas of concern where they existed. As an employee of the DWAF Regional Office at that time, one of our employees chaired the transformation forum during the period of her employment. This project equipped her with experience in facilitation of public participation processes and in conflict resolution during such processes.

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(9) Assessment of Post Project Evaluation of Stakeholder Participation Processes in the establishment of WMIs

We have assisted DWAF in establishing the status of post project evaluation of stakeholder participation processes. The objective of the study was to assess the existing models and the extent to which they were being implemented and to make recommendations on the institutionalisation of such models in processes in stakeholder participation.

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(10) Water Conservation/Water Demand Management

Our staff has substantial experience in WC/WDM and have undertaken or been involved in the following projects:

  • Water Conservation in Mpophomeni Township for Umngeni Local Municipality under the Danida/ DWAF IWRM initiative.
  • Water Conservation / Demand Management Situational Assessment Studies on 4 sectors forestry namely : Agriculture , Irrigation, Industry, Mine and Power generation;
  • Supported DWAF Gauteng Regional Office in implementing the minister’s flagship project in the following municipalities: Emfuleni LM, Mogale City LM, Ekurhuleni Metro, Nokeng Tsa Taemane LM, City of Johannesburg and City of Tshwane;
  • Ministerial flagship project for Mtubatuba WCWDM.

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(11) Capacity Building of CMFs

Our staff has played a leading role in the public participation processes in the development of establishment proposals for the 3 CMAs in KwaZulu Natal. In this respect GBS has been involved in the revival of existing Catchment Management Fora and in the processes to establish new ones where the need existed. This entailed identifying the inactive CMFs, establishing the reasons for them being inactive, building capacity to ensure that they could become sustainable and providing ongoing support to these institutions. Training Fora members on different aspects of Water Resources Management.

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(12) Capacity Building of WUAs

GBS was requested by the Directorate: WMIG to assist in establishing the capacity building needs for WUAs. In this regard our staff analysed the Skills Development Act, the South African Qualifications Authority Act, Outcomes Based Education Policy to determine their impact and relevance to WUAs. GBS also worked with the Local Government and Water SETA (LGWSETA) to identify the requirements for drafting Work Skills Plans (WSP’s) for WUA’s and to establish what grants are available for Learnerships to these institutions.

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(13) Water Quality Management

Our staff was involved in water quality management in the uMvoti to uMzimkhulu WMA of KZN. This involved compiling reports on the WMA’s water quality and analysing water permits (Aide Memoire). Our staff was also involved in emergency water pollution incidents, advising industry on legislation requirements on water pollution incidents and monitoring waste water treatment plants in accordance with the requirements of the Water Act.

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(14) Groundwater Management

Our staff was involved in a groundwater management in KwaQiko rural area for Ugu District Municipality as part of the IWRM project.

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(15) Outreach programs

Our staff has been involved in coordinating and managing events (environmental important days) including publicising these events in the media, which includes radio and road shows for water resource management and sanitation programs (Ladysmith area during the cholera outbreak). Road shows and community involvement equipped them with the understanding of protocol with regard to Traditional Authorities.

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(16) Stakeholder Consultation on Water Services Development Plans

As a national requirement Water Services Authorities are required to consult their constituency on their Water Services Development prior to submitting the document for Council approval. Our staff was involved in assisting the City of Johannesburg with this process. In doing so, our staff was required to identify all relevant stakeholders, determine the medium through which consultation would take place, and develop the consultation material to ensure that the message was targeted at the appropriate level and to facilitate the consultation process.

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(17) Capacity building to the management committee of WUA: principal functions

Our staff was involved in analysing the capacity building needs of WUA management committee (MANCO) by drafting a needs assessment tool to determine the training requirements for the WUA principal functions. Our team has also developed a training material for the different levels of capacity. The training material was piloted in the identified WUA and then after refined, the project will be rolled out nationally.

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(18) Audit of Municipal Services in Informal Settlement

Our staff was involved in managing the process to undertake an audit of municipal services (water, sanitation, solid waste, roads, electricity) in informal settlement for the City of Johannesburg. This report will assist the Utilities, Agencies and Companies for the City of Johannesburg with their business plans and how to address backlogs.

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(19) ASGISA/ JIPSA Presidency Program

The Presidency Programme is a collaborative programme between the Netherlands government through the EVD and the Government of South Africa through the IDT.

Given this mutual interest, the objective of the internship was to analyse and document experiences with the application of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) principles at the level of local government in KZN and Gauteng provinces. This document presents the results of this internship in the form of a case study. It is expected that this document is of interest to the water sector in South Africa, particularly for those working with and supporting local government in their water programmes.

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(20) Capacity building programme at Local Government

GBS has developed a Gauteng province Business Plan for a Special Ministerial Capacity Building and Training Intervention Programme, in response to a growing need for capacitating municipalities, particularly in the scarce and critical skills. The other objectives of this intervention is to identify young new and current students, link them to relevant institutions of higher learning and align them with identified municipalities. The programme will also focus on many unemployed graduates and give them adequate on-the-job training, with the aim of fast tracking their absorption into mainstream employment within Local Government.

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(21) Assessment of the Municipalities Workplace Skills Plan

GBS has been involved in the assessment of the municipalities Workplace Skills Plan, by identifying challenges and gaps found within municipalities. This initiative was raised in the 2008 Municipal Indaba, that the WSPs submitted to SETAs were not in good quality. SALGA and DWAF were chosen as the main drivers of this project. Currently the data has been collected and is being analysed for the gaps and challenges.

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(22) Assessment of the Wastewater Treatment Works in Gauteng

GBS was involved in the process of assessing drinking water Treatment Works and Wastewater Treatment works which are owned by municipalities; for compliance with national standards.

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