IMPACT OF SKILLS SHORTAGE ON
For many years, people in the Vhembe District Municipality have been experiencing shortage of water even during heavy rainfall seasons. They often blame the dry season when they experience water shortage but they become confused when the situation persists during heavy rain. Little did they know that water shortage in the area is mainly caused by the shortage of skilled people who are responsible for the water supply to the community. This exploratory study investigates the impact of skills shortage on water provision in the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM). The research focuses more on factors that influence the lack of knowledge, experience and skills within the water project and further try to seek interventions in addressing these challenges in order to ensure that high quality water is supplied to the people of Vhembe. The researcher made use of the qualitative method to obtain detailed information about the challenges that VDM is facing in the provisioning of quality of water to the community. The study revealed that shortage of skills in South Africa contributes extensively to poor service delivery particularly at the municipal level. The situation is exacerbated by the slow pace at which educational institutions produce engineers in South Africa. The study further revealed that rural municipalities like VDM are more vulnerable and likely to lose skilled engineers due to their geographical location and poor salaries. Lastly, recommendations were made in the closing chapter for the VDM to strengthen its technical staff in order to render quality services to the people.
MM - P&DM
Skills development, Water shortages