Department of Water and Sanitation
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Pleasant place to work , lots of traveling to all pumpstations .Big job load because of work places was from 10km to 180km from workshop and there was 12 working stations to maintain
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Very nice work environment,teach you how to work independently

Started in 2016 and there were about 200 of us building a 1.5 kilometre canal,first it was a bit awkward but later I started to enjoy the job as I learned to work with steel..(steel fixeR and months later I was choosen to operate light to heavy vehicle s as I HV Ec1+ valid pdp which expires in 2022 November

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Free

Cons

Long hours
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Nice place to work

There is nothing to worry about when working for department of water and sanitation. One must focus on their work and also try to study part time to.

Pros

No launch

Cons

Long hours
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Productive and not so fun place to be, but acceptable

Productive and okay place to work in with the best training for those who truly understand why they joined the department. Otherwise, downside of things some government workers have no sense of appreciation, their working hours are always dominated by infighting, squabbling like a bunch of Hyenas. Many government officials there dont know what the words good customer service mean and dont comply to Bato Pele principles. They have an abnormally high tendency to put their noses in other people's businesses.

Pros

Free protective clothing (outdoor camping standard), free cellphone, free Wi-Fi, free computer, car allowance, limited travel allowance, free lunch during traveling

Cons

Extensive traveling and working abnormally long hours with no overtime allowance
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Productive, enabling growth

Providing bursaries for employees , like government departments. It is interesting but challenging, a focus and concentration is needed for keeping the job
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Productive

Good working relationship with my colleagues and managers. Easy to solve complex issues. We create a warm welcome to clients, general public and extremely helpful.

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None

Cons

None
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Fast paced and hectic most times and enjoyable

Productive and fun workplace, fast paced and stressful (positive stress) at times because of service delivery deadlines, management believes in working hard and playing hard and incentivising employees, Not a dull day at dept and if you love challenges on your career you better be here because you will grow very fast in your career path. Professionals who want to propel their careers and grow to be well rounded experts in their field need to be here and learn a LOT. thank you

Pros

good incentives, acknowledging time for rest

Cons

long hours, lots of challenging work to go through, mind bending environment that a lot of professionals need to grow in the fast paced corporate world
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Productive

It was a good working environment. I had colleagues that were friendly and very passionate. I had great supervisors, who were patient and willing to share their knowledge and experience with me.
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I greatly enjoyed my work with no regrets, unfortunately the department greatly lacks social relaxing post work activities for its employees.

There is always work to do everyday, Especially if you can work without supervision, grounded and you are always goal orientated. Knowledge gained includes Freshwater aquatic science, integrated water resource management, Biomonitoring (Twice accredited SASS 5 Practitioner), River Hydraulics, State of Rivers Reporting, Multi stake holder engagements, Water Use License practitioner (Instream & Environment). I also had an opportunity to act as a Scientific Manager for nearly a year (doing forecast budgeting, running of Adopt a River Ministerial Projects, Staff management & mentoring, e.t.c). Work culture is typical government style, you can easily lose your direction if you are not grounded and goal orientated. Hardest part is like in any work place, people can be very threatened by someone who has clear command of his work, as such in addition to my work, I had to constantly practice and improve on my public relation skills all the time. Most enjoyable part of the job was to be constantly involve in problem solving in applied science or technically related fieldwork, working with a wide spectrum of stakeholders in government, private sector (Mining, Energy, Telecommunications, Agriculture, Academic institutions, Water Boards, research institutions and helping in awareness campaigns in the protection of our precious water resources and involve in skills transfer to the youth. It also goes without saying that my work involved extensive travelling and working abnormal hours which I also enjoyed. I can go on writing, unfortunately I have to pens down now.

Pros

I traveled to many place of great antiquities, meeting people from different cultures

Cons

Unfortunately I was never lucky to have free lunches, my work carried along with it a lot great responsibility, pressure to always deliver on deadlines
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Productive and work place

The daily work is administrative and interactive. you learn a lot about the water value chain management at all spheres of government. the hardest part of the job is the hierarchy within the organization that slows the processing and decision making. the enjoyable part if solving the problems of the public and witnessing the impact.

Pros

travels

Cons

working in silos
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Professional

As I was a trainee I was introduced to a work place,rules to adhere and how to work as a team.Engineering is so much work we had to work extra hours to finish the job.
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productive workplace,friendly staff members.

I've learned that in life you must stand up for what you believe is right and don't compromise yourself in the process of pleasing other people,just be yourself.
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Professional working environment

Training provided to interns is relevant to what they studied at the university and the civil Engineering industry as a whole. They created opportunity for student to apply the theoretical knowledge.
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Fun workplace

On a typical day I get to the office login to the system and work on my water licenses.I also hold meetings with consultants as well as do site visists when it is necessary.
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Not only asset management to be done

Respect,Loyalty,accountability ,accurate information about things you do and provide on daily basis say a lot about your work place and environment Also moral and values of others need to be done like tomorrow never come first before anything else.
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Production was finished and retrenchment

Good workers and manager. Respect and follow the instructions. Good Management No one was undermine others Time frame ,pressure and follow-up motivate

Pros

Targets

Cons

Refreshment after reaching our target at the end of evry month
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Productive and very Healthy Work Place

I had a great experience working at the Department of Water and Sanitation. I was given a role to lead a group of people. I learned so many lesson. One of the key elements I learned is to realize that people are different and I now appreciate that. As young as I am the people that I was leading appreciated and respected me. I had a good relationship with them and also my seniors.
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Often working under pressure

The shortage of staff made the work strenuous as I had to cover two programmes alone throughout the province. However being the only expert in the province in drinking water quality and in relevant legislation was fulfilling. It pushed me to keep on reading and learning everyday.

Pros

Prviding expertise

Cons

driving long hours alone in the entire province
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Lack of services

Not quite happy to work under the department because of lack of quality services for trainees. I and other trainees are not satisfied about how the department is handling the war on leaks project

Pros

None

Cons

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fun and productive

good company, gain more experience. its more stressful sometimes. Its good also working in a group where you all share your ideas. I learned how to deal with different people and learn new things every day. management is not always right, they sometimes have their favorites which is not a good thing at work place. I also learn how to deal with different culture background, we have all cultures and people with disabilities. hardest past is when dealing with difficult customers who don't understand or believes what you trying to explain to them. the travelling and seeing all the place around and outside Western cape.

Pros

Travelling

Cons

long hours
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Productive and fun learning curve

Thanks to department today im qualified as an artisan Good skill to can face the industry Im willing to learn more Learned more about artisan world Fabrication Handtools and basic rigging

Pros

Free lunches

Cons

Long hours
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Based on 55 reviews

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3,9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3,8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3,8 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3,6 out of 5 stars for Management
3,5 out of 5 stars for Culture
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