Mvula – Improving Water Supply and Sanitation

The Mvula Trust

Mvula Trust is the largest Non-Governmental Organisation supporting Water and Sanitation Development in South Africa. We operate from a national office in Johannesburg as well as from six regional offices in North West, Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal (2 offices) Eastern Cape (3 offices) Free state and Mpumalanga.

The Mvula Trust is a dynamic, innovative and professional water supply and sanitation non-governmental organization (NGO). With 15 years of experience, Mvula has established itself as the leading water and sanitation services delivery NGO. The added value that Mvula brings as an NGO is our impresssive track-record and expertise in working wit poor communities and facilitating service delivery partnerships between these communities and their municipalities. We offer a professional and efficient service to our clients, together with a non-profit, people centred commitment to the communities we serve.

          MVULA NEWS

Wastewater Treatment – Crisis and Opportunity

The Mvula Trust together with the Development Bank of South Africa and the Water Research Commission hosted a workshop last month at the DBSA headquarters in Gauteng focused on technology choice for sustainable wastewater treatment. The workshop brought together a wide range of experts and stakeholders from the Department of Water Affairs, National Treasury, the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG), Amathole District Municipality, USAID, NGOs, environmentalists and engineers from the private sector. The workshop aimed at agreeing on specific actions to ensure that the current crisis facing wastewater treatment in South Africa is addressed in a sustainable way and avoids sowing the seeds of a new crisis.

African Ministers Council on Water

The Mvula Trust was invited to a joint G8/Africa and AMCOW Working Summit Group for the AU and G8 summits held in Italy from 7th 10th July. Our very own Policy Specialist Khumbu Zuma led and represented the Trust. Khumbu worked with End Water Poverty as a South African spokesperson  on Africa perspective in water issues.

MVULA SUCCESS PROJECTS

Wisa Award

The Mvula Trust won a WISA award for sustainability at Nhlungwane. It was a local water supply project (built around 1994/5) including a borehole, reticulation and standpipes- managed by local committee, consisting mainly of women, who collected a small contribution from each household for maintainance of the system. After ten years the pump was still functioning and well maintained, with surplus funds in  the community operation and maintenance account. For ten years the community was independent in respect to project maintanence and did not require municipal support. The implementation of the free-basic water policy altered the system and the Mzinyathi Mununicipality had to seek ways of remunerating and keeping on the capacity that was built in the project.

The Rural Schools Sanitation Programme

Between 1997 and 2002, the Mvula Trust implemented the Rural Schools Sanitation Programme with funding from the European Union. In more than 150 schools, ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines were constructed, and proper health and hygiene training and awareness raising were carried out.

Sibhasa School

The schools were requested to contribute 10% of the construction costs, in order to stimulate a sense of ownership of the project and to ensure the accountability of the project committees to parents.  Also, the schools were asked to form clusters of at least five neighbouring schools which all needed sanitation. This cluster approach had two main advantages. Firstly unit costs ( of administration, for example) were lowered as economies of scale became available. Secondly schools could help each other maintain momentum through peer pressure.

Volunteers assist with Water Sanitation

An internship is a great way of starting your career. It is a mandate that has been implemented to benefit the youth of South Africa and throughout the world. With job creation proving to be such a dilemma, internships give graduates a sense of belief that not all hope is lost. There are loads of university graduates from Europe and America that come to volunteer in South Africa to assist with local projects, including initiatives started by the Mvula Trust.

There is a wide variety of internships that are available on search engines and the choice of your internship will be based on what you studied. With companies being adamant that they are looking for experienced candidates, internships are a good way of putting your best foot forward.Water and sanitation of water resources in South Africa is a huge ongoing project and the use of volunteers and interns willing to assist has helped tremendously.

The benefit of being an intern is you have the opportunity of working with people who have been in the field for a long time. These experts are there to groom and transform you to be a better professional in the future. Being an intern is different than being a permanent employee.

A permanent employee is expected to know all the rules, responsibilities and requirements of an organization. An internship is taught the rules, responsibilities and requirements of an organization. Whenever you do a mistake, you are taught as an intern to rectify it and believe in your ambitions.

The most important aspect is confidence; an intern has to have assurance that they are going to be the best asset in their chosen field. Cape Town has a lot of opportunities for interns who want a kick start in the corporate game. It offers a diverse choice that doesn’t only cater for South Africans but for interested people outside South Africa too.

Cape Town is widely known for uplifting the lives of the youth in the best ways it knows how. Internships are a good way of giving interns a sense of independence and also cater for job creation in relevant careers. When graduates have something constructive to do, it also shows them that are a part of the change in the economy of South Africa.

It is always recommended that one must study something they enjoy and have a passion for. This is an important aspect because interning requires a lot of hunger to realize your dream. If you going to get a qualification for the sake of just having it, you won’t enjoy being an intern. However, if you love what you are doing, you will always strive to achieve efficient and effective results. African Sunrise volunteers gives students and graduates the opportunity to come and volunteer Africa.

With all that said, everything now rests on your shoulders as a graduate. The fact that you are being groomed to be a better professional shouldn’t make you relax and think you don’t have to work hard. An intern will always have a mentor and mentors don’t like guiding people who don’t have a vision. It is a waste of time according to them to teach someone who doesn’t want to be catapulted to greater heights.

Effort and commitment is required in everything that you put your mind to and being an intern is no different. What you have put in is what you will reap out. If you are devoted in your designated duties, you will achieve your desired goals and sometimes exceed them. On the flip side, if you show no labors to being the best intern ever hired, the results won’t be so favorable.

It all boils down to you as an individual essentially and if you don’t keep pushing yourself, nobody will. If you don’t fight for your career and your future, you will not be amongst the interns who decided to work hard and remain positive no matter what obstacle they faced. However, if you keep nurturing your specialty, the rewards will be fruitful.