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Water Currents Policy Series

Capacity Building and Training workshop for Sekhukhune Municipality -Groblersdal, Sekhukhune 11-12 October 2016

Presentations :

WWTW’s in Integrated Municipal Water Management and Development

Capacity Building and Training Workshop for Sekhukhune District Municipality : Water use Authorisations

Which wastewater treatment technology is suitable for me?

Establishment of the Hydrology data facility /centre, Emperors Palace, 27-28 June 2016

The aim of this Dialogue was to develop a framework for establishing a facility that will act as a focal point for all water quantity, water quality and precipitation data to support water resources management and improve drought resilience in South Africa

Presentations :

Toward a Water DataBank: WRC CEO – Dhesigen Naidoo

Keynote 1: Hydrologic Monitoring Strategies, Applications, and Research Directions - Dr J Bales, USGS

Keynote 2: Intersection of data, information and response under climate change -B Hewitson, (SARCHI) Research Chair Climate Change, and UCT)

Official statistics and quality criteria; In search of consistent and reliable water statistics – Robert Parry STATSA

Background and context to the erstwhile CCWR: lessons for the proposed hydrology facility/centre - Prof Graham Jewitt (Umgeni Water Chair of Water Resources Management, UKZN)

Hydrometeorology modelling tools for water management and analysis - William Charley (US Army Corps of Engineers)

The current state of hydrological networks and the need for a clearing house for hydrological data - Fikile Guma (Chief Director: Water Information, DWS)

Dams and hydrological information: from droughts to floods - Dr Paul Roberts (SANCOLD)

Pursuing research excellence and capacity development through NRF Centres of Excellence

The Hydrological Service Centre in South Africa (SAHSC) – Dr Stanley Liphadzi, WRC  

Water Equity dialogue, Johannesburg , 21 April 2015

As part of the WRC’s series of dialogues; the WAT-Indaba Water Equity Dialogues was held at the University of Pretoria where the university, Human Science Research Council (HSRC) and Prime Africa, hosted the Round Table Workshop on Water Equity, on the 21st April 2015. The event was graced by former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Ms Bridgette Mabandla who also played a pivotal role in the formulation of the new South African Water Act (Act 36 of 1998). She chaired this event and Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of the WRC facilitated this thought-provoking round table discussion. Amongst these, a number of delegates from government, private, research and academic organizations participated in the discussion.

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Charting a roadmap to water equity by Anton Kok

Water Equity Forum Launch

SAHRC Presentation to Water Research Commission 21 April 2015 Final

Operationalisation of water Equity by Jackie Crafford

Proceedings of the workshop on South African mining–related landscape rehabilitation Status Quo identifying research work required to close knowledge gaps 16-17 March 2015

The WRC together with the Land Rehabilitation Society of Southern Africa (LaRSSA) hereby invite hosted a one-and-a-half day workshop to assist in identifying knowledge gaps and prioritising research work required to close these gaps, related to South African mining-related landscape rehabilitation. The workshop built on the discussions held during the September 2014 LaRSSA ‘Norms and Standards Workshop’, and the outcomes will be used to focus research scope and projects over the short-, medium- and long-term.  

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Water Governance in Traditional Rural Communities of South Africa: Decentralization Options 17-18 March 2015 , Newlands , Cape Town

The purpose of the workshop was to highlight the water and governance issues prevailing in South African traditional rural communities and to discuss policy options for effective water resources governance in these contexts. At the centre of dialogue objectives is the need to collectively reflect on policy options for effective delivery on water sector mandates, particularly for the benefit of vulnerable rural women, men, children and households. Among a range of (existing and/or possible) institutions whose roles could be considered is 'traditional leadership', which plays key roles in the governance of land associated with water resources in traditional community contexts. Given the ongoing reviews of the South African water, land and traditional governance institutions, this is an opportune moment for such reflection.

Report on Proceedings of the Policy Dialogue Workshop on Policy Options for Effective Water Governance in Traditional Rural Communities

Report of the First IORA Water Science and Technology Working Group Workshop , 5 – 6 February 2015 Muldersdrift, South Africa

The inaugural Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Water Science and Technology Working Group workshop was held from 5 to 6 February 2015 in Muldersdrift, South Africa.  This workshop was the first of three still to be held as part of the IORA-funded project led by the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) to establish an IORA Water Science and Technology Working Group (WSTWG).  

Click here to find the report .

For more information contact : Dr Inga Jacobs-Mata email: ingaj@wrc.org.za

New opportunities for water-related job and asset creation: Launch of the WRC Water Currents Policy Series , 14 August 2012

The launch of the WRC Water Currents Policy Series was held on 14 August 2012, at Leriba Lodge, Centurion. The event provided a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between scientists, water users, policy makers, senior programme managers and implementers – particularly on one of the most pertinent topics of today – job creation. About 150 delegates participated from diverse backgrounds and expressed a need for further engagement on this specific topic.

This event focused on water-related job and asset creation in community-driven development, infrastructure and employment programmes, to enhance access to water for domestic and economic uses in a holistic and sustainable manner.  This dialogue became a platform for sharing cutting-edge knowledge and solutions while also bringing key problems to the fore.    

Presentations :

Opening address by the WRC CEO Dhesigen Naidoo

Dr Kate Phillip, Advisor to the Presidency on Short Term Strategies for Employment Creation Trade and Industrial Policy

Phillip with Shilp Verma IWMI, India

Barbara van Koppen, Southern Africa Regional Programme International, IWMI

Click on the link below to view the video clips



For more information E-mail ingaj@wrc.org.za

DST/EU/WRC policy dialogue looks at potable water technology solutions , 2 October 2012

Researchers in the field of water services provision have raised concerns over people who are still exposed to unsafe drinking water, despite many efforts to develop devices for providing potable water, even to remote rural areas of the country. Once developed the biggest challenge has always been around uncertainty about who should pay for these devices and how to introduce them to the affected communities. These issues emerged from the policy dialogue hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the European Union, in collaboration with the Water Research Commission (WRC), on 2 October 2012 at the CSIR, Pretoria. Read more   

Presentations :

Dr Jo Burgess,Water Research Commission

Dr TG Barnard ,University of Johannesburg

Mr Dhesigen Naidoo,Water Research Commission

Dr Jo Barnes ,University of Stellenbosch

Mr Neil Mcleod , Ethekwini Water and Sanitation

Ms Bettina Genthe ,Council for Science and Industrial Research

Prof Maggi Momba, Tshwane University of Technology

Mrs Marriette Swart ,Department of Water Affairs

 For further questions contact: Dr Jo Burgess- Research Manager at WRC E-mail job@wrc.org.za

Making their mark: Water footprints as a tool for industrial water management, 28th June 2013

The water risks facing private business are growing as the resource becomes increasingly stressed worldwide. Risks include changing water rights, water quality regulations, growing community interest and public scrutiny of water-related activities. Internal measures to manage water risks alone (i.e., efforts to reduce water footprints within a company’s direct operation and supply chain) cannot eliminate exposure to water risk and uncertainty about water supply. To debate this issue and exchange ideas, the WRC invited the Executive Director and International Policy Specialist Dr Ruth Mathews from the Water Footprint Network (WFN), Netherlands.   

Find the presentations on the links below

Ruth Mathews Water Footprint Network, Netherlands 

Valerie Naidoo- Water Research Commission

Kate Laing -Pagasys Strategic Management

For further questions contact : Dr Valerie Naidoo - Research Manager at WRC E-mail valerien@wrc.org.za

“Water flows towards money and power” Equity in access to water resources, 17 July 2013

The water distribution map in South Africa points to the fact that water indeed flows where money and power reside; be it upstream or downstream. Access to water requires; water! physical infrastructure to transfer the water, legal and administrative rules that allow for it, institutional rigour to deal with it and access to justice to provide recourse. Obviously, this depends on the amount of water required to fulfil the desired access. Rainwater harvesting and similar small technologies can offer options for small scale productive water use. The seminars and authoritative views were presented by three known scientists invited to share their wisdom acquired from many years of studying social justice in access to water.


Notes Towards a Water Allocation Reform Strategy for Greater Efficiency and Social Justice: Prof Muxe Nkondo,    Business Process Reengineering Committee , Department of Water Affairs

Why democratic outcomes have not delivered for the poor: The case of the right to water :  Dr Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies, Norwegian University of Life Science

Perceptions of sustainability and justice in water allocations :  Dr. Synne Movik

“Water flows towards Money and power” Equity in access to water resources: Dr Barbara van Koppen, IWMI

For more information contact Ms Eiman Karar - Executive Manager at WRC eimank@wrc.org.za

DWA/WRC/OECD Workshop on Water Governance, Economic Regulation and Financing - Pretoria, 25 to 26  June 2014

The joint DWA, WRC OECD Workshop addressed 3 pertinent areas of current concern; Water governance and its implementation challenges in South Africa, in light of international experience, Institutionalising key economic regulation functions and sharing best practice and the Financing water services and resources management, drawing lessons from OECD countries.  

 Presentations :

Financing water and water services selected OECD experience

Funding CMA’s - Sharing research findings

Water Regulation and Pricing – RSA experience

Water Governance, Economic Regulation and Financing

Water Governance and traditional leadership .

The governance of water regulators ,Preliminary results from an OECD survey to water regulators

Water Governance and  Economic Regulation – SALGA

For more information contact : Ms Eiman Karar , Executive Manager at WRC Email: eimank@wrc.org.za



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