The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is hard at work in response to the President Jacob Zuma's directive to decrease the loss of 36 percent of the country’s potable water by training 15 000 water agents, artisans and plumbers.
- The DWS appointed Rand Water and the Energy and Water Services Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) as implementing agents for the War on Leaks Project.
- Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said this work started in 2015 with the first intake of 3 000 trainees. The second intake of 7 000 trainees was in 2016 and the last intake of 5 000 trainees will be done between May and June 2017.
- The training is scheduled for five years and therefore will be completed by 2020. This will allow for the envisaged absorption of most of the trainees, by the different municipalities where most of the infrastructure failures occur.