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The CWSS unit offers a number of EWSETA accredited courses, at present these are:

  • Certificate in Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Certificate in Water and Wastewater Reticulation Services
  • National Certificate in Infrastructure Management

CWSS also provides training in Facilitation of Health & Sanitation.

Course schedules

Course are offered in block release or on a weekly basis

Block release

This method is intended for people who cannot attend class due to workload or distance to travel for attending normal class. Learners enrolled for this type of offering are to attend a full week class (Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 16.00) every two months. During the break (the period between two consecutive blocks), learners will be provided with assessments (assignments, projects, class activities) that need to be completed and submitted by the set deadline. At the beginning of the new block, learners who attended the previous block will be required to write class tests on the syllabus that was covered.

Weekly and weekend classes

This type training allows learners to attend class once or twice per week. During this period, learners will interact with the lecturer, write tests and perform class activities or practical where applicable. Assignments, projects and other works are issued to learners and deadlines for submission set.



The assessment methods and processes which are used meet the requirement and guidelines of Higher Learning Institutions, QCTO, and SAQA which include but are not limited to:

  • Class activities (including role play)
  • Assignments
  • Class tests
  • Practical works (where applicable)
  • Project (where applicable)
  • Examinations (1st & 2nd semester)

Course materials

The course materials are designed according to South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Assessments are designed to meet specific outcomes of the subject covered. Each module consists of a determined number of subjects (unit standards) registered with EWSETA offered within the indicated timeframe.

Portfolio of Evidence

Learners completing each block provide evidence of what they have achieved through a portfolio of evidence (PoE). The PoE must be compiled in a file or folder and should include the following:

  • Learner Information
  • Assessor information
  • Signed policy and agreement documents
  • Context of Assessment (organization, purpose and role)
  • Planning and preparation of assessment (Assessment Plan, unit standards, meetings and checklists, training schedule)
  • Evidence collected (class activities, written tests, assignments, project, etc.)
  • Feedback documentation

The learners write examinations twice a year at the end of first and second Semester in line with the university academic calendar.

Course management

The course is led by well qualified lecturers and administrative support staff relevant to the water sector, which include:

 Professor Alvin Lagardien: Director of CWSS & CWSR (Quality Assuror)

  • Mr. Christophe Muanda: Unit Manager/Lead Researcher/Lecturer
  • Mr. Manuel Jackson: Training Manager
  • Mr. Peter Asemota: Lecturer/Moderator
  • Mr. Bruce Henry: Lecturer
  • Dr. Bongani Ncube: Lead Researcher/Lecturer
  • Monique Natus: Research Assistant
  • Ms. Deborah Cousins: Lead Researcher
  • Ms. Zurina Abdullah: Administrator