- Ramón B Vega Laugart is one of the 24 Cuban engineers coming to South Africa
- He brings with him 40-years of experience to help find solutions to South Africa's water and sanitation
- Ramón specialises in hydraulics and as an added bonus has worked in South Africa before for the Department of Water and Sanitation
Ramón B Vega Laugart is a Cuban engineer with 40-years of experience and a specialist in hydraulic systems.
He is one of the 24 Cuban engineers who are coming to South Africa to assist in finding solutions to the country's water treatment and supply challenges according to the Sowetan Live.
Ramón graduated from the Universidad de Oriente in Cuba and has a Master of Science degree from the University of Havana.
He is familiar with South Africa after working with the Department of Water and Sanitation before.
“I worked in the SA department of water and sanitation from February 2015 to June 2018 and rejoined the department from August 2020 to date, using the English language without any difficulty and with good communication with all my South African colleagues.”
Water and Sanitation is a serious issue in South Africa and according to Lindiwe Sisulu it is a ticking time bomb that needs to be defused according to Times Live.
According to Sisulu, Cuba had to overcome similar challenges South Africa faces and their experience will be invaluable.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that South Africans took to social media in response to news that R65 million will be spent on 24 Cuban engineers hired by the Department for Water and Sanitation.
The Minister of Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu has maintained that the engineers are necessary and are no taking any jobs away from South Africans.
However, according to The South African, the labour union Solidarity was able to draw up a list of 120 South African candidates who could do the job just as well as the Cuban engineers.
IOL reported that engineers would be in South Africa for three years and would work to improve South Africans water delivery and storage infrastructure.
In similar news, the Department of Water and Sanitation has stated that the 24 Cuban engineers who have been hired in SA will improve the government's work in water delivery and other related services. Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has defended the decision once again.
According to Water and Sanitation spokesperson Sputnik Ratua, the 'highly qualified' Cuban engineers will help as advisers at both local and provincial levels across South Africa by sharing their skills.
Ratau stated that the areas they will assist with are mechanical, civil and electrical engineering as well as project management.
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