Partnering with youth to support job creation and SDG implementation

Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SA) has entered into a partnership with Water Hygiene Convenience (WHC) to support job creation and SDG implementation on the continent.

“We are happy to be partnering with WHC to support job creation through implementation of the 10 Billion High Level Panel on Water initiative on Water, Sanitation and SDG implementation, spearheaded by South Africa’s Ministry of Water and Sanitation,” said Mr. Alex Simalabwi, Executive Secretary GWP-SA and Head Africa Coordination Unit during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Pretoria, South Africa.

 WHC is a youth owned, award winning multinational company, which invented the WHC Leak-Less Valve, a mechanism that monitors and regulates the flow of water into the toilet system, prohibiting the further flow of water into the cistern in the event of a leak.

WHC aims at creating impact both socially and financially across Africa and globally through the creation of jobs. As a result, the partnership with GWP is expected to go a long way in reaching that goal.

“We are excited to be partnering with GWP-SA. We are creating jobs to reduce social ills among the youths. We see the partnership equipping Africa youths with skills that they can use to generate income. We at WHC believe that when capacitated the youths will also empower their peers”, said Paseka Lesolang, Founder and MD WHC during the signing of the MOU.

The impact created by the partnership will go a long way in improving the livelihoods of several households and families.  When you employ one person you have impacted on the whole family because the income benefits the whole family.

“As WHC we really appreciate the role of GWP in managing the stakeholder relations from global down to the community levels.  Association with a brand such as GWP will also go a long way in giving leverage to WHC, endorsing the latter as a credible and legitimate enterprise that is able to deliver, “Paseka noted.  

The WHC Leak-Less Valve is made in such a way that it locks when the cistern is full and only unlocks when one flushes. As a result, any water that leaks into the bowl is not replaced, the resultant little or no water indicating that there is a leak within the system. The WHC Leak-Less Valve, which is also a leak detector, has saved a lot of water and money.

The technology was tested by the University of Johannesburg and seen to endure over 20 000 cycles equating to 3 to 5 years’ lifespan depending on frequency of use , household size, number of people using the toilet and whether it’s a private or public toilet.

In line with its focus on job creation through water and sanitation, GWP-SA targets at creating thousands of jobs in Africa through the partnership with WHC, whose Leak-Less Valve is patented world-wide in more than 60 countries.