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Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) is a state-owned entity charged with financing and implementing bulk raw water infrastructure projects. It is an agency of the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), which is responsible for the country’s water resources in respect of usage, equitable allocation and distribution. TCTA assists the government in its pursuit of water security for South Africa and in realising its constitutional obligation of ensuring universal access to this essential resource for all citizens. For more information about TCTA, click here.
Sector stakeholders share insights
Water sector professionals and other stakeholders gathered recently for the biennial Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) conference to share experiences and knowledge on enhancing the security of supply of the critical resource. TCTA, as a knowledge hub in the sector, took the center stage with various insightful presentations.
The 2020 edition of the WISA conference was held under the theme “All hands on deck” and took place virtually. It various important topics that looked at, among other things, how to reduce water demand and increase supply. The participants further explored managing and monitoring effective water and sanitation services and infrastructure; and how to improve raw water quality and management.
Richard Holden, Dawid Bosman and Gwen Gosney represented TCTA in the conference, participated in its various workshops and presented papers. Holden opened the berth, presenting a paper on “Securing Water Security in South Africa” on the first day of the gathering. (Read more)
Critical water project gains nod to start
It’s all systems go for Phase 2 of the Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation Project (MCWAP-2) following the finalisation of the environmental authorisation process. The multibillion project had hit a snag after some stakeholders appealed an earlier official nod for construction to commence.
MCWAP-2 is one of the biggest projects in the TCTA portfolio and promises considerable economic spin-off for the country. At April 2018, the project had an estimated cost of R12,3 billion and benefits including job creation and socio-economic development.
Its greatest import, arguably, lies in the part it will play in assisting the country to overcome the electricity shortage crisis behind the routine occurrences of load shedding across the country. MCWAP-2 will create a second water source for Eskom to run its two power stations, Mdupi and Matimba, which constitute 20% of the country’s energy capacity. (Read more)
Rural communities often have a disadvantage of having limited access to information on a variety of key issues, education being one of the most fundamental of these. It is for this specific reason, therefore, that TCTA considers it necessary frequently reach out to these communities.
To this end, SED Officer Florence Ndhundhuma, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator Dudu Moremi and Project Engineer Sego Kelefetswe visited Machakele Mamodibo Secondary School, North West on 21 November. The visit happened amid the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, underlining the importance of the programme.
On this day, TCTA partnered with Universal Skills Development, the Department of Basic Education and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants to host a Career Modelling Day. The event aimed to inspire Grade 9 learners who are interested in careers in the fields of Accounting, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. (Read more)
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