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The manufacture, installation and maintenance of solar water heater (SWH) systems

Upgrading of Existing Jobs or Creating New Jobs in the Plumbing Industry

Investing in the future - Skills for Green Jobs (S4GJ)


Climate- and environmentally-friendly production standards and competitive generation of electrical energy will have positive impacts on the creation of new jobs, as well as on the preservation and quality of existing jobs. Thus, the South African-German initiative Skills for Green Jobs (S4GJ) aims to improve the conditions for the supply of adequately skilled personnel and energy efficient technologies. Both appropriate skills and technology solutions are critical success factors for the establishment of a green economy.
However, due to insufficient cooperation and capacity constraints of both public and private key players, implementation power for green economy interventions is currently limited. The S4GJ initiative therefore provides support measures for public and private key players to develop and improve coordination mechanisms for such interventions. This is carried out in a practical, visible and replicable manner through experiential learning projects (ELPs), which use hands-on training and applied technology transfers, for example for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of solar water heater (SWH) systems.

The National Solar Water Heating Programme in South Africa

Rationale and problem statement:

The South African government has approved a cumulative target of 1.75 million SWH installations by 2019. The conceptual framework of the revived National Solar Water Heating Programme (NSWHP), which is under the custodianship of the Department of Energy (DoE), includes two main components, namely, a social-development component and a load-reduction component. Both components are largely driven by the country’s developmental imperatives with specific focus on increasing local manufacturing capacity, job creation and skills development.
Poor quality installations, mainly attributed to lack of training, have been identified as one of the shortcomings of the previous programme. For this reason, skills development endeavours are crucial to ensure better quality installations and are thus a high priority for the stakeholders of the National Solar Water Heating Programme (NSWHP).

For further Information contact:
GIZ | Skills for Green Jobs (S4GJ)
Email:    S4GJ@giz.de
T:    +27 (0)12 423 5980

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