Skills drought in the Water sector – an NSTF Discussion Forum hosted by the Science Councils sector

26-27 September 2016

The World Economic Forum’s ‘2015 Global Risk Report’ has named water crises the world’s greatest risk – viewed as a more serious threat than ‘inter-state conflict’, the ‘failure to adapt to climate change’ and ‘chronic unemployment’.

As South Africans, we are confronted with serious water challenges with ageing water infrastructure, shifting demand patterns, and inadequate supply in several areas as a result of changing rainfall patterns. Moreover, the water sector is experiencing an ongoing critical scarce skills shortage, which has a direct effect on achieving water and sanitation delivery, meeting compliance targets and implementing sustainable water resources management.

VIDEOS FROM THE EVENT


Skills Drought in the Water Sector

Videos presented by the Department of Water and Sanitation, Water Research Commission, Energy and Water SETA, University of Cape Town and North-West University

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PRESENTATIONS FROM THE EVENT


Day 1: State of Water Research in SA (Water Research Commission)

Dr Mandla Msibi (Day 1, First Presentation)

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Day 1: State of Water and Skills in SA, Department of Water and Sanitation

Mr Fikile Guma, Chief Director: Water Information Management (DWS)

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Day 1: Extent of support for skills generation in the Water sector, Energy and Water SETA (EW SETA)

Ms Nora Hanke, Manager: Water Sector (EW SETA)

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Day 1: Skills for the future - adapting to water scarcity due to climate change

Dr Kevin Winter, Lecturer: Environmental & Geographical Science, University of Cape Town

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Day 1: Research, Education and Training in the Water Sector - Water-linked ecosystems perspective

Prof. Victor Wepener, Water Research Group, Director: School of Biological Sciences, North-West University

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Track A: Professional Engineering Practitioners in Water Sector

Mr Bob Pullen, Consulting Engineer & Past President of the South African Academy of Engineering

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Track A: Unpacking the Skills requirements of the Water Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap

Ms Shanna Nienaber, Programme Manager: Water RDI Roadmap

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Track A: What happens when the Youth work on Youth Development

Dr TG Barnard, Director: Water and Health Research Centre, University of Johannesburg

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Track B: Material Sciences and Smart-Skills Interventions

Dr Marius Claassen, Principal Scientist and Research Group Leader, CSIR

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Track B: Industrial and Systems Engineering Skills

Dr Henk van Tonder, Council Member and Director: South African Institute for Industrial Engineers (SAIIE)

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Track B: Recent advances in Nanotechnology for the Water sector

Dr Keneiloe Sikhwivhilu, Principal Scientist: Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Mintek

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Track C: A proposed Water Research Unit at Wits: the Centre in Water Research and Development (CiWaRD)

Prof. Christopher Curtis, Professor: School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

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Track C: Stainless Steels in municipal water distribution and how avoiding corrosion saves water from leaks

Mr John Tarboton, Chief Executive Officer, South Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (SASSDA)

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Track C: Emerging challenges in water treatment and the need for academia-industry-government partnerships

Prof. Anthony Okoh, Deputy Dean: Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Fort Hare

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Day 2: Cleaning with Light: Challenges and Opportunities in Photocatalytic water purification

Dr Endre HorvÁth, Laboratory of Physics of Complex Matter, Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, Ecole Polytechnique, Switzerland

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Day 2: Building the vanguard of our future water security

Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, Chief Executive Officer, Water Research Commission

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Day 2: Despoliation of Water Resource systems: Implications for Water Security

Dr Shingirirai Savious Mutanga

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Day 2 Track A Report-back: Unlocking Emerging Skills through mentoring and development programmes

Mr Nirdesh Singh, Mintek & Chairman: NSTF Science Council sector

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Day 2 Track B Report-back: Our future skills requirements ensuring innovative solutions

Ms Jansie Niehaus, Executive Director, NSTF

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Day 2 Track C Report-back: Our research agenda for a different future

Dr Mandla Msibi, Water Research Commission

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Day 2: Skills Development Strategies Aligned with Technology Strategy; A Practical Approach

Prof. Albert van Niekerk, Technology Innovation Agency

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