ETHEKWINI Municipality in partnership with the Government of Netherlands, on Thursday (14/11/2013) launched a Centre of Expertise that will create a platform to discuss and find innovative solutions to improve the water and sanitation sector.
 
The Centre of Expertise is a collaboration between the eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS), Vitens Evides International, World Waternet, World Water Academy and Your Man on Site. The centre is financially supported by the Dutch Government.
 
The launch, which was attended by Speaker Logie Naidoo on behalf of Mayor James Nxumalo, Head of the EWS, Neil Macleod and Dutch Ambassador to South Africa Andre Haspels.
 
Giving an address, Naidoo said the of launch the Centre of Expertise means that Municipality now has the privilege of sharing knowledge and expertise with the Dutch Government on matters related to water management, organisation and skills development for capacity building in the sector. “We will also be exposed to new innovative models of water preservation and maintenance of water infrastructure, which will put us in a better position to deliver on our mandate of providing water to our communities,” he said.
 
The South African-Dutch relationship has existed for a while and many innovative programmes have been explored like the Trench-less technology. This technology enabled the Municipality to provide water services to some customers without digging big trenches, which sometimes result in the disruption of other services.
 
Project Manager for the Centre of Expertise, Dhevan Govender, said many countries were faces with the same water challenges and therefore, the platform would allow for information sharing while showcasing the different water technology used.
 
 
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality's Communications Unit. Contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 / 082 731 7456 or email Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za, or Gugu Mdlalose on 031 311 4807 or email: Gugu.Mdlalose@durban.gov.za or Silindile Maluleka on 031 311 4811 or email: Silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za