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Khuluma Sizwe Series

Seminar : Understanding Health Sector Perspectives on Water Quality

28 July 2016, WRC Offices

The aim of this event was to share knowledge and findings in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion based on the action research and field level studies carried out at the WRC and collaborating partners. The event also served as a platform to engage with the broader health sector in order to understand the linkages and scope of issues that require investigation.


Investigation of food and water-borne illness: The role of the NICD, K M'cathy

Water Quality and Health: Environmental Perspective Overview, B Madikizela, WRC

Drinking water quality and health – Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila, WRC

Impact of water quality on the health of fish and consumers – University of Limpopo

Health Risk Assessment Agricultural Chemicals in Water- Bettina Genthe

Water Quality and Health Lighthouse –Dr Jennifer Molwantwa, WRC

Environmental dimensions of water quality and health –Prof Rialet Pieters

Regional Perspective of WASH and Health programmes in Southern Africa- WaterAid

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene – Dr S Pillay, WRC

Overview of research on water use in agriculture – S Mpandeli, WRC

Home water treatment and storage, a health perspective – Dr TG Barnard, UJ

Investigating the link between water quality and microbiological safety of selected fruit and vegetables from farming to processing stages – Prof B Pillay

Agrochemicals, Water Quality, Food Safety - Penny Campbell

Water and Sanitation in Hospitals and Healthcare: A South African and International perspective- L Modau, TUT

Innovative youth contributing to a resilient, enterprising and capable water and sanitation sector,

22 June 2016 - Premier Hotel, OR Tambo Airport

The dialogue aimed to inspire youth entrepreneurship in the water and sanitation sectors, and to discuss how the youth of today can participate in the water economy.


Changing Landscapes – Dhesigen  Naidoo

Developing Enviropreneurs – Greenmatter

WADER Perspective: Your partner for innovations

Youth and Water Entrepreneurship - Gerswynn Mckuur

The  Innovation Hub Management Company: Gauteng Economic Indaba 8-9 June 2016

 NYDA presentation 

Technologies  pitched


Cemflush / EAZIFLUSH – A Pour Flush Sanitation Innovation to replace VIP toilets

Pico Conduit Turbines

The Intelligent Geyser System by BridgIOT


Community of Practice Workshop (In association with SA GEO) - Earth Observation Applications for the Water Sector -  16 March 2016, Birchwood, Boksburg

The workshop aimed to share findings from research and explore further applications, define the research gaps and possible support platforms and to create partnerships and strengthen the community of practice.

Earth Observation Research Needs in the Department of Water and Sanitation - Carey Rajah / Simon Moloele

Earth Observation application for wetlands and estuarine processes

Remote sensing of wetland tree species in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KZN South Africa

Adaptation of SEBAL Evapotranspiration & Products Based on WOIS Tiger Tools -B.L.Meyer

Characterisation of sulphate mineral crusts associated with AMC in the East Rand Basin, using remote sensing data

CyanoLakes Space-based services for water quality management

Wide-scale modelling of water and water availability with earth observation/satellite imagery

Towards Development of a National Research Strategy on Emerging Contaminants on 22 July 2015 , Pretoria

The WRC hosted a national dialogue focusing on the occurrence of emerging contaminants in water sources and public health, with the ultimate aim of developing a national research strategy for emerging contaminants.

Presentations :

Global Perspectives on Emerging Contaminants - Dr A Levine


Research on Emerging Contaminants – H Bouman


Overview of Emerging Contaminants in South Africa – N Gwayi


Status quo of knowledge on CEC and POP chemicals in South Africa L Coetzee

From Durban COP17 to Paris COP21: Flagship Workshop on Water Science Cooperation for Human Capital Development, 12 June 2015, UKZN

The main objectives of this workshop were to share experiences in best management and HCD practices for water-related (WRC) research projects; explore opportunities to strengthen the international cooperation in science research to be developed particularly through H2020 and EUREKA and discuss cooperation between South Africa and France in water research within the COP21 framework

Presentations :

ESASTAP PLUS, EUREKA and SA funding opportunities

Horizon 2020 Opportunities for International Collaboration

The PhD trip 2012-2015: The process, outputs & way forward by Macdex Mutema & Khatab Abdalla

Water Resources challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa in connection to global warming :


Articulating science and partnership- Thierry Lebel


The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: support to and promotion of S &T cooperation


French Research Institutes in South Africa: A-25 year’s partnership

Water research within the COP 21 Framework

We are what we eat: interrogating water use for food production, nutrition and health amongst rural households in South Africa,17 October 2014

The dialogue was held in commemoration of World Food Day and in partnership with the University of Pretoria and the Medical research Council (MRC) at the University of Pretoria. This interactive dialogue interrogated current research and identifying new research needed to better inform policy decisions and actions on how incentives can be improved and capabilities strengthened.


Nutritional Security in our time: Dhesigen Naidoo

Water Use for Food Production and Health: Friede Wenhold

Background to Food Security in South Africa : Inga Jacobs-Matta

ontact : Dr Sylvester Mpandeli email: sylvesterm@wrc.org.za

Practicing IWRM: Towards a New Paradigm , 13 November 2014

The objective of this Water Currents Policy dialogue was to bring key role-players together, harness their expertise and knowledge to guide the WRC ongoing four-year project titled ‘IWRM: Towards a New Paradigm ‘ that aims to facilitate and catalyse practical activities that build innovative integrated water Resource management capabilities. The project attempted to answer the question:  How do we make IWRM WORK for all people living in South Africa ?


The Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency Managing strategically and adaptively

Kirkwood burning : Happy oranges and unhappy people in the Sundays River Valley. How can this be hopeful? Jai  

 We all live in this world, in a catchment, Palmer

 Science and Management; Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management

 RESILIM-Olifants Program, USAid

 The Bergrivier Climate Knowledge Network

 Makana Case Study

Uniliver dialogue presentation

 Citizen Science: Mark Graham

Contact: Dr  Jennifer Molwantwa  jenniferm@wrc.org.za

Hydropedology in support of Hydrology and Eco-hydrology, 17 November 2014

Hillslope hydropedology defines the mechanisms of movement and storage of water in the landscape keeping plants growing, rivers flowing and wetlands functioning. The main objectives of this Dialogue are to share the science behind hillslope hydropedology, expose a simplistic understanding of the environmental controls, show how writing of policy for preserving ecosystems can be supported and to show how writing of protocol for assessing the impact of development on their water resources can be supported.


Predicting groundwater contribution to wetlands

What keeps plants growing ,rivers flowing and where pollution moves

Future Eco-hydrology maps for cities

Assessing hillslope response mechanisms using stable isotopes

What makes wetlands function?

Hydrological processes in the landscape

Vadose Zone Hydrology (Land Surface to Phreatic Surface) : Matthys Dippenaar

Translating soils information for hydrological modelling, reflecting on the big picture from the 1970s to the Present : Prof Schulze

Using soil chemical trends as recent indicators to improve morphological and hydrometrical interpretations of hydrological response

Modeling Hillslope Water

Digital soil mapping

Vegetation as indicator of flowpaths

 Populating the South African land type soil database with soil hydrology data

Hydropedology presentation y

Contact: Wandile Nomquphu email: wandilen@wrc.org.za

Our Water, our heritage and legacy , 28 September 2012

In commemoration of South Africa’s National Heritage Day, this Khuluma Sizwe Dialogue aimed to emphasise the water’s role in shaping both our heritage and our legacy. It looked at the artistic, historical, socio-cultural and socio-political heritage of water through the eyes and experiences of notable figures in the fields of Arts and Culture, Politics and History. In so doing, it intertwined the many ways in which water has shaped who we are.  

Video Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiQETlOj_2s&feature=plcp

 Speech by Ambassador Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe

Three glimpses of South African Water History – By Prof Johan Tempelhof, North West University  

Contact: Dr Inga Jacobs: ingaj@wrc.org.za

Once is not enough: Water reuse and recycling, 8 October 2012

A dialogue held at Tshwane University of Technology on water reuse and emerging contaminants was led by two thought leaders in the field of water reuse and recycling from the USA. Prof George Tchobanoglous: International Practices and Trends in Potable Water Reuse and Dr Ben Stanford: Emerging Contaminants – History, Environmental and Public Health Perspectives.

Video Clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Oqsy8rDsY&feature=plcp


Contact: Dr Jo Burgess : job@wrc.org.za

Technology for Tomorrow : How can tomorrow's leaders innovate address global water challenges , 3 July 2013

This dialogue provided an opportunity for the youth of South Africa to discuss/debate future challenges in the water sector, as well as examine the solutions to these challenges, and how their role of the young professional is so pivotal in addressing them. The topics that were discussed during the dialogue highlighted innovative water solutions and problems in various fields, and the continued need for innovation, investment, new technology and action. Addressing the global water crisis requires a variety of efforts ranging from basic, low-tech, community based solutions to large capital-intensive infrastructure investments.


Rainwater water harvesting innovation – Dr N .Kalebaila, WRC

Innovation from a social perspective: From sabotage to acceptance of innovation – Dr TG Barnard, UJ

Unpacking the role of Dept. of Science and Technology in the Water Sector, Ms S Nienaber, DST

ontact: Dr Inga Jacobs : ingaj@wrc.org.za

Seminar on Social Protests, scarcity and vulnerabilities of social services delivery,
13 September 2013


Social Protests and service delivery in South Africa

Interrogating Justice : Exploring different understandings of water service delivery in eThekwini Municipality ,South Africa

Emerging Research findings : Social Protests and service delivery in South Africa

Perspectives on service delivery in South Africa: Nine Year Overview from 2003 to 2012

Strengthening Citizen Government partnerships for monitoring frontline service delivery

A protest event  analysis of community protests

Social Scarcity

The Service Delivery Protests Barometer




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