WISA 2024 Biennial Conference and Exhibition – Special Announcement – Change of Date

WISA 2024 Biennial Conference and Exhibition – Special Announcement – Change of Date

Important Announcement: Change of date As you may be aware, President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Wednesday, 29th May as the date for the elections, coinciding with our original conference dates. Considering this, we have made the decision to reschedule the conference to ensure minimal disruption and to accommodate our attendees and speakers effectively. We are liaising with the Durban ICC to get new dates as close as possible to the initial dates. These dates will be confirmed and communicated early next week. The venue, speakers, workshops, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities will remain the same. We understand that this change may cause inconvenience for some of our attendees and stakeholders, and for that, we sincerely apologise. Our team is working diligently to ensure a smooth transition and to assist with any adjustments. WISA is committed to delivering a successful and impactful conference experience for all participants. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at events@wisa.org.za We look forward to welcoming you to the rescheduled WISA 2024 Biennial Conference & Exhibition! Best regards, The WISA 2024 Conference Organising Committee
Call for Public Comment: DWS Proposed Compulsory National Water and Sanitation Services Norms and Standards

Call for Public Comment: DWS Proposed Compulsory National Water and Sanitation Services Norms and Standards

The Proposed Compulsory National Water and Sanitation Services Norms and Standards for public comment was published in the Government Gazette No 4246 on 12 January 2024. Interested parties are hereby invited to submit, within 60 days from the date of publication of this Notice, written comments or representations on the proposed regulations to the provided e-mail address CommentNormsStds@dws.gov.za. To review the document please download here: Proposed Compulsory National Water and Sanitation Services Norms and Standards – Jan 2024
Developing capacity for the local and regional water sector

Developing capacity for the local and regional water sector

The water sector is an increasingly challenging sector in which to work. Set within a National Policy framework, a complex set of organisations and actors operationalise the management and delivery of water services to the people of South Africa. Some of these institutions and departments require quite specific and technical skills whereas others require a broader set of skills and competencies. People are at the heart of managing water in South Africa; their knowledge, skills, and social relationships, referred to here as competencies, are all critical components of managing and governing water in South Africa. But are graduates entering into the water sector fully equipped to deal with complex issues like climate change, scenario planning and problem solving? Many university qualifications tend to place a lot of emphasis on the technical skills component of managing water resources and managing water supply and less emphasis on other required competencies, such as communication, strategic planning and critical thinking. As one of the only private higher education institutions in the country offering water and climate change related qualifications, The IIE and more specifically the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig, has ensured our educational offerings provide the appropriate and relevant competencies needed by the South African water sector and society as a whole. The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management specifically targets professionals who are already working in lower to middle-level management positions as well as motivated graduates who want to begin careers that involve exercising both technical and managerial responsibilities in the water sector.  Throughout the programme, participants are nurtured to become effective water leaders equipped to understand complex societal challenges and to…
DWS Regulation 3630

DWS Regulation 3630

It is with a great deal of gratitude to the Department of Water & Sanitation that we announce the promulgation of what we all knew as draft Regulation 813, now officially gazetted as Regulation 3630, with effect 30 June 2023. Mr Dewald van Staden, WISA Process Controllers Division Lead, and registered Professional Process Controller welcomes Regulation 3630, which regulates the professionalisation of Process Controllers. Kindly watch the video or read below, as he shares what this means for the water sector and WISA. “The Process Controller Division of WISA wishes to acknowledge and thank all of the role players that provided input into this regulation and into formalising the professionalisation of Process Controllers in South Africa.  It is a significant step in recognising Class V and Class VI process controllers as the professionals they are and a crucial step in adding a layer of accountability to the day-to-day operation of South Africa’s water and wastewater treatment works. Under this regulation, operations at all South African Water and Wastewater Treatment Works must be overseen by someone who has the relevant qualifications and experience to ensure compliance with best-practice principles.  Even though this is not really something new, the fact that these water sector champions now need to register as Professional Process Controllers is.  This registration places upon them the same requirements we expect engineers and natural scientists to adhere to. It must be noted that Water Service Institution will have two years to become compliant with the new regulation, the final date being 30 June 2025. In terms of the way forward – WISA as the custodian of the Professional Process…
Request for Proposal – Provision of External Audit Services

Request for Proposal – Provision of External Audit Services

The Water Institute of Southern Africa NPC (WISA) is inviting proposals from potential service providers for the Provision of External Audit Services. The detailed scope and awarding criteria are available here: Request for Proposal – Provision of External Audit Services Queries can be directed to the WISA Finance Manager: Reagen Maistry on 011 805 3537. All proposals must be emailed to fm@wisa.org.za. Closing date: 01 June 2023. Closing Time: 12h00, midday. Any proposals received after the closing date/ time will be disqualified. The bidder shall provide any additional information that may be reasonably required.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS – PCO & RELATED SERVICES: WISA 2024 Biennial Conference and Exhibition

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – PCO & RELATED SERVICES: WISA 2024 Biennial Conference and Exhibition

The Water Institute of Southern Africa NPC (WISA) is pleased to invite interested organisations to submit proposals for appointment as Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) in respect of the WISA 2024 Conference & Exhibition to be held at the Durban ICC, Durban, KZN from 27 to 29 May 2024. Closing Date for submissions: 12 noon on Friday 2 June 2023. The full details of the call can be downloaded here: WISA2024 – Call for proposals – PCO related services
Happy Holidays 2022

Happy Holidays 2022

WISA wishes all its members and water sector professionals a safe and happy holiday season, with the very best wishes for the New Year! The WISA Head Office will be closed from 15 December 2022 and will be open again on 5 January 2023. Any urgent membership queries can be directed to membership@wisa.org.za
Are you passionate about integrated water solutions, the environment and climate change?

Are you passionate about integrated water solutions, the environment and climate change?

IIE MSA, is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd, and as one of the only private higher education campuses in the country offering water and climate change related qualifications it is essential that we ensure our educational offerings provide skills and knowledge which is needed by the South African water sector and society as a whole. In order to remain relevant and up to date with the requirements/ needs of the sector, IIE MSA hosted a water security and climate change mini conference in early September. Participants from a number of organisations within Gauteng came together to engage in a dialogue around climate change and water security. Notable Organisations around the table included Rand Water, The Gauteng Observation Network. University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology , University of South Africa and the University of Venda. One of the leading messages from this mini conference was that climate change is not a new phenomenon and it should no longer surprise us, we therefore need to plan for it into the future. The world will be waiting to see what comes out of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference which is being held on the African continent for the first time, what resolutions and commitments will be made towards climate change and how will countries grapple with and implement these commitments? The water research centre at IIE MSA also eagerly awaits some of these outcomes to inform our delivery of two unique interdisciplinary water qualifications. The IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management and IIE Master of Philosophy in Integrated Water Management are targeted at professionals…
Call for comments: Draft Bill for National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency

Call for comments: Draft Bill for National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency

The Department is calling for comments on the Draft Bill for the National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA). Cabinet endorsed the Draft Bill and approved that it be published for public comment, for a period of ninety (90) days. The Draft Bill was published in Government Gazette No. 46917 for public comment over a 90-day period, starting from the day of publication, 16 September 2022. Please clikc on the link to access the document: South African National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency SOC Limited Bill – 2022. Please submit comments regarding the NWRIA Draft Bill to: nwria@dws.gov.za, for attention of: Thabelo Masevhe. The deadline for submission of comments is 14 December 2022. The Draft Bill can also be accessed on the DWS website.