Course Content
Purpose of this course?
PURPOSE The purpose of the Sustainable Sanitation Management short learning course is to equip participants with relevant knowledge, as well as management, planning and implementation skills on Water and Sanitation Management. Participants from Water Services Authorities, Water and Sanitation Providers as well as all Water Users will thus be able to make informed decisions on the management of water and sanitation in municipalities and other affected areas. In addition, knowledge on the water and sanitation management will advance the implementation of National and Provincial Water and Sanitation policies of the Republic of South Africa.
This Certificate in Sustainable Sanitation Management programme will be offered at the University of Limpopo (TURFLOOP CAMPUS) and the programme will take 6 months to complete in a block release manner, and it is designed to meet the NQF 5 exit level descriptors.
Course Modules
Exit Level Requirements
Appropriate costing has been done by University of Limpopo Finance Division. This is imperative to ensure the viability of the programme.
It was during academic travels that the coordinator of the programme came into contact with the authors and contributors of the modules being promoted in this programme of Sustainable Sanitation Management.
About Lesson

In accordance with the University of Limpopo Strategic Plan 2020, this short learning course, Sustainable Sanitation Management, adopts the following important pointers:

The five existing national priorities of: Improving the extent and quality of health; Providing improved educational services and opportunities; Rural development; Improved food security and land reform; Creation of jobs and sustainable livelihoods; and Improved security coupled to decreasing levels of criminal activity and of corruption, all apply to a greater or lesser extent to the regions mainly served by UL being Limpopo and parts of Mpumalanga.

In relation to these 5 priority areas UL will, as part of UL Strategic Plan 2020 particularly focus on the following four priority areas:

Priority 1: Improved levels of health and well beings

An emphasis on:

  • Promoting Public Health with a focus on rural health needs;

An extension of:

  • Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management research related programmes aimed at providing professionals trained at advanced levels of Sanitation Engineers;


Priority 2: Improved and expanded provision of educational services and opportunities

An emphasis on:

  • Increasing the country and region’s health and hygiene teacher capacity as well as the quality of this capacity in the fields of water, toilets and sanitation including sanitation science, engineering , technology and advocacy in order to improve rural schools’ toilets and water infrastructure;


Priority 3: Rural development, improved food security and land reform

An emphasis on:

  • Improving rural development, increasing levels of food security, and hastening land reform by means of appropriate higher education programmes in the field of water and sanitation linked with agriculture; and
  • Increasing community engagement services through appropriate shorter developmental programmes in the fields of toilets, water and sanitation for rural development, improved food security and land reform. (This short course, Sustainable Sanitation Management addresses this point in detail and practical teaching mode).

Priority 4: Creation of jobs and sustainable livelihoods

An emphasis on:

  • Increasing managerial and entrepreneurial capacity in the country but particularly in the regions served by UL in a variety of fields such as water, sanitation linked with agriculture, toilet tourism, public toilet business services etc. and;
  • Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of national, provincial, and local government structures in successfully implementing credible service delivery programmes such as water and sustainable sanitation provision and maintaining sanitation governance levels marked by professionalism and integrity.


The short course aligns with the University of Limpopo Trust mission statement of creating meaningful partnerships with communities.  It is stated that the “University of Limpopo Trust’s work includes improving access to quality education, reducing inequalities, coping with climate change, the provision of clean water and sanitation, quality healthcare and working for economic growth”.


Therefore this short learning programme aligns completely with the University of Limpopo’s Vision and Mission statements in that it has responded to, and has focused on, the developmental needs of the community, particularly those in a local government sphere where municipalities are required to prove their competence in Sustainable Sanitation Management.  It particularly focuses on the following three specific mission related goals and aims:

  • To strengthen and maintain close collaboration with commerce, industry, the government and local authorities, and professions in producing suitably qualified and equipped sanitation career-oriented graduates;
  • To diversify the University’s funding streams significantly, particularly the increase of 3rd stream income, in order to support the launching of new teaching and learning, research and community engagement activities.


In addition the programme is in full alignment with the University of Limpopo short course policy in that it is:

  • Enhancing the University of Limpopo Profile;
  • Increasing professional contact with all Water and Sanitation Stakeholders and Communities;
  • Contributes to the University of Limpopo’s revenues.


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