Cyclone Idai: How can you help?

Hundreds of people have died and thousands have been displaced after Cyclone Idai hit the coast of Mozambique and moved inland also affecting Zimbabwe almost two weeks ago. South Africa along with other neighbouring countries have sent aid to assist with relief efforts. The most basic essentials such as fresh-clean water, food, matches, candles and clothing are still a major need and people have been encouraged to donate whatever they can to help survivors. You may be wondering how you can help? Here’s how: Penny Appeal SA Donate through Penny Appeal SA from as little as R150 by completing this form: https://pennyappeal.org.za/projects/emergency-response/cyclone-idia-relief/ Provision of food items Blankets and shelter Medical supplies Items for babies (nappies etc). Hygiene items for adults Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) How to donate: Those who wish to send assistance through Dirco can contact Matheko Rametsi on (+27) 81 037 2765 or email rametsimu@dirco.gov.za Surprise Malehase on (+27) 83 700 7946 or email malehases@dirco.gov.za United Nations Food Medical supplies Shelter How to donate: Send whatever you can by completing this form: https://unocha.raisely.com/mozambique-flash-appeal World Food Program USA They will use the donation to get food to the survivors of the cyclone How to donate: Visit https://www.wfpusa.org/help/make-a-donation/ Save the Children How to donate: Send whatever you can by completing this form: https://www.savethechildren.org/us/what-we-do/where-we-work/africa/mozambique CARE “CARE has already sent 13 trucks to the cyclone-affected area, carrying 500 tents, 200 roles of plastic sheeting and rope for temporary shelter, 2800 family kits and over 2000 hygiene and family packages containing items such as soap, buckets, mosquito nets, blankets, tarpaulins, and water canisters to reduce risk of disease.” How to…

Young Water Professionals Eastern Cape Chapter – Election Call

The South African Young Water Professionals’ (YWP-ZA) Chair for the Eastern Cape calls on all YWPs based in the Eastern Cape for nominations for the Provincial Committee over the period (February 2019 – March 2020) YWP Eastern Cape has five open positions for enthusiastic volunteers who want to network with other YWPs in the sector, learn new skills in a fun and easy-going manner while making new friends. To find out more about YWP-ZA, please visit our website: www.ywp-za.org. If you have any queries on the position or the process, please feel free to get in touch with the National Vice Lead, Ashton Busani Mpofu (ashtonmpofu@gmail.com; 078 724 6455) or the Eastern Cape Provincial Lead, Sipho Mashiyi (sipho.mashiyi@outlook.com; 072 877 6640) For more information on the elections and to apply please download the document on the link provided: YWP Election Call – Eastern Cape

WISA achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification

Putting people first More than a year in the making, WISA has officially received its ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management systems. WISA is committed to constantly improving its service delivery and the organisation’s new ISO 9001:2015 certification is another step towards ensuring that members’ needs are met and prioritised. According to Adrie Krugel, Operations Manager at WISA, the institute, under the leadership of CEO Dr Lester Goldman, places a strong emphasis on good governance and compliance with regulations. This means excellent customer service from grassroots level up, as well as customer-focused policies and processes. ISO 9001:2015 aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective implementation of a quality management system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer, statutory and regulatory requirements. This ties in with WISA’s five core values – integrity, professional, community, trustworthy and innovative – and was the logical next step for the organisation in improving its customer satisfaction and corporate governance. WISA became officially ISO 9001:2015 certified in September 2018.   Effective quality management The ISO certification focuses on seven quality management principles: 1. Customer focus 2. Leadership 3. Engagement of people 4. Process approach 5. Improvement 6. Evidence-based decision-making 7. Relationship management WISA will now be continuously measuring and monitoring itself against these principles and conducting regular audits to ensure that processes are being followed. Any non-compliance, problems or customer complaints will result in corrective measures following a root-cause analysis. Annual external audits by an objective third party also provide members with the assurance that policies are followed, measured, monitored and managed to ensure compliance. “It is no…
Call for Tenders – WISA 2020 Biennial Conference – Professional Conference Organiser (PCO)

Call for Tenders – WISA 2020 Biennial Conference – Professional Conference Organiser (PCO)

The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) is pleased to issue an invitation to interested parties to tender for the appointment of Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) for the WISA 2020 Conference & Exhibition to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Gauteng from 31 May – 4 June 2020. Please download the official call for tender on the link provided: Call for tender – WISA 2020 PCO

Tribute – Peter Gunther

November 16, 1970 – August 10, 2018 This is a tribute to the journey of Peter Gunther, a wonderful person, family man, trusted colleague, professional and friend to so many people within the water and mining industries. He will be sorely missed, and the profession, industry and country will be so much the poorer for his untimely passing. Peter’s story starts on November 16, 1970, the oldest of two sons to the Gunther family. Peter was born in the Western Cape where he subsequently grew up and attended school, matriculating in the Camps Bay High School class of 1988. He achieved his BSc in Chemical Engineering and then an MSc in Water Utilisation at the University of Cape Town in 2004. This, with a healthy love for sport, lead to Peter’s ongoing support of Western Province rugby for which we mostly forgave him. Peter, having had an Anglo American bursary, then joined Anglo American Thermal Coal in 2004 in Witbank. He quickly illustrated his ability to lead. As Manager: Hydrology, a role he was to stay with till 2012, Peter was extremely involved in all aspects of the business and it was during this time that he solidified his position and began to shape the industry through his passion for sound technical implementation, engaged deliverables and making a difference. In 2007, the fruits of his labours emerged in the form of the eMalahleni Water Reclamation plant. This was the first of its kind in the industry, built on a collaborative platform, this water treatment facility was ground breaking in its application of technology, integration with multiple stakeholders and solution elegance…
WISA and IFAT Africa enter into a Partnership

WISA and IFAT Africa enter into a Partnership

WISA is excited to announce its partnership with IFAT Africa. The aim of the partnership is to forge ahead with drinking water production, water supply and wastewater treatment in drought-plagued countries by means of professional know-how and appropriate technologies. With this in mind, WISA, the only non-profit organization catering for the water sector in South Africa, and IFAT Africa, the leading trade show for environmental technologies in sub-Saharan Africa, have agreed to join forces. IFAT Africa was an official partner of the WISA Biennial Conference & Exhibition held in Cape Town from June 24 to 27, 2018. In future, the biggest specialist conference for the South African water sector will profit from the comprehensive industry network of Messe München through IFAT Africa, one of its five subsidiary events of IFAT in Munich. By their cooperation, the organizers would like to promote the transfer of international know-how and professional exchange. By contrast, the transfer of technology takes center-stage at IFAT Africa. Besides waste and recycling solutions, this encompasses solutions for the desalinization of sea water, for groundwater production or sewage treatment. The next IFAT Africa conference will take place in Johannesburg from 9-11 July 2019, WISA will strengthen the trade show’s professional supporting program by organizing specialist lectures or workshops on education and further training for municipal water and sewage experts. The trade show for environmental technologies and the WISA Biennial Conference will each take place biennially – on an annually rotating basis. Dr. Lester Goldman, Chief Executive Officer of the Water Institute of Southern Africa: “WISA is very pleased to be partnering with IFAT Africa. IFAT Africa promises to become…
Review of published South African National Standards (SANS) in the water sector

Review of published South African National Standards (SANS) in the water sector

Recognising the need for a wider and balanced stakeholder participation, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) water committee has embarked on a drive to increase engagement platforms, through partnerships with a number of organisations that own public engagement platforms. South African National Standard (SANS) in the water sector are developed, maintained and published by the SABS/TC 147 Water committee. The work of the committee is structured in a way that there are subcommittees under the main water committee; namely, SABS/TC 0147/SC 04 “Microbiological and biological treatment and assessment of water” and SABS/TC 0147/SC 06 “Water sampling and analysis” Review of published standards in the water sector provides valuable information on the global relevance of the standards and ensures that they are up-to-date. By default the review period of SANS is every five (5) years. It is crucial for South African stakeholders in the water sector to participate equally in the review of national standards, in order to develop relevant standards based on balanced needs and input of all stakeholders. Published SANS are home-grown and/or adoptions from ISO, EN and other standards bodies. The outcome of the review of published SANS can be one of the following; A reaffirmation of an existing standard/document for the next five years as it is. An amendment of an existing standard through modification, addition or deletion of particular parts of the standard. A revision of the standard with technical changes to the substance and presentation. Withdrawal of the standard/document that no longer serves any purpose. Adopted standards can be reviewed through reaffirmation, amendment (Only applies to ISO standards), revision by adopting latest version of…
WISA Annual General Meeting 2018

WISA Annual General Meeting 2018

The WISA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 25 June 2018 at 17h30, at the Cape Town International. At the AGM members voted for the approval of the revised Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) and the Rules of the Company (ROC), the approval of these documents was unanimous by all present with a valid vote. Please find below the links to the AGM documentation: WISA AGM Agenda 2018 WISA AGM Minutes 2017 WISA Annual Financial Statements 2017 Cover letter – WISA MOI and ROC WISA Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) WISA Rules of the Company (ROC) WISA Members Proxy Form Annual Report 2018