Happy Easter from WISA!

Happy Easter from WISA!

To those WISA members, staff and families who celebrate, we wish you a blessed and peaceful Easter. Travel safely, be Covid safe, and we will see you soon.
WISA supports the President’s call for a professional public service

WISA supports the President’s call for a professional public service

Twenty-seven years into democracy, it can be said of the public service that while several pockets of excellence exist, we have serious challenges in many government departments with regards to skills, competence and professionalism. These were the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa in his March 1, 2021 letter to the people of South Africa. The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) recognises the importance of a highly competent and professional water sector. In response to a request from the National School of Government (NSG) for submissions, WISA has proposed the development of a set of professional designations that should be made mandatory for senior local and national government officials. These would ensure that government had the competences in place to ensure safe, potable water available when needed as well as wastewater treated so that it can be safely discharged into the environment. “We know that government, and small municipalities in particular, often appoint individuals who do not have the necessary competencies to manage water and wastewater treatment works as well as the associated reticulation systems,” said Lester Goldman, WISA CEO. “Often they do not have even minimal technical competence, let alone a broader understanding of the services they are supposed to provide.” Within the water sector, academic knowledge alone is not enough to ensure competency. Services fail, and public health and the environment suffer because those tasked with managing the water system lack not only understanding of technical (engineering, chemistry, and health), financial, legal and administrative issues, but also lack the general management capabilities needed to ensure a safe water system. “In our submission to the NSG, we indicated WISA’s…
EWSETA RFQ: Appointment of Service Provider or Independent Water Specialist

EWSETA RFQ: Appointment of Service Provider or Independent Water Specialist

The EWSETA is looking for a short-term consultant in the water sector to assist with specialised knowledge of the sector and its role-players, to develop a partnership strategy, as well as design knowledge management system. The consultant will join a dynamic team who is looking to make an impact in the sector. For more information on this opportunity please download the RFQ: EWSETA-RFQ-46-2020 WATER SPECIALIST SERVICES Closing date for submissions is 12 March 2021 at 13h00. Enquiries can be sent to: scmadmin@ewseta.org.za
Critical Skills Letter

Critical Skills Letter

Critical skills letters are only issued to Full Members of WISA, who are in good standing, and have been members for at least 2 years. Members must have a minimum of 3 years working experience as a Water Resource Scientist, to qualify for the Critical Skills letter. If you are not a member of WISA, you will be required to apply for membership in line with WISA’s terms and conditions. You must maintain your membership status throughout your Work VISA validity period at minimum, failure to comply will require all outstanding fees to be settled in full for the validity period of the Work VISA before an updated Critical Skills Letter may be re-issued. All fees are non-refundable. Fees will not be returned should your application for a Critical Skills Letter be rejected by WISA. This letter will be provided at the discretion of the CEO. Please provide for a turn-around time of 4 weeks for completion of the assessment process, from date of payment being received. Fees (VAT inclusive) Full Members Assessment fee – R 3,450.00 Non members Assessment fee – R 5,350.00 (includes two year’s membership fee). Documents Required Kindly request your Critical Skills application form from membership@wisa.org.za . The completed application form, must be submitted with the following documents: SAQA certificates on all foreign qualifications – certified. Two letters of recommendation from current or previous employers, on organisational letterheads A current copy of ID/Passport – certified. Copy of VISA/Permit page, if already in South Africa Copies of certificates and transcripts – certified (If qualifications are from a foreign nation, please supply SAQA weighted certificates) Detailed current CV Proof of payment…
Enviro Metsi (Pty) Ltd Celebrating 25 years of commitment to helping you protect our most precious resource

Enviro Metsi (Pty) Ltd Celebrating 25 years of commitment to helping you protect our most precious resource

Enviro Metsi (Pty) Ltd has, since its founding in 1995, been dedicated to contribute towards the protection and improvement of our environment through the Management, Operation & Maintenance of Water- and Wastewater Treatment Plants. Today, 25 years on, this commitment continues as we provide a wide variety of Water and Wastewater-related services to help manage South Africa’s precious water resources. These include the Management, Operation and Maintenance of Water and Wastewater Works, Process Monitoring as well as Plant & Process Assessments, Training of personnel involved in these processes and Assistance with any of the Blue Drop / Green Drop Assessment Criteria. Contact us today on 073 163 4302 or email us on admin@metsi.co.za to find out more about the ways in which we can help you protect our most precious resource.
Call for Contributions: STEMulator e-learning platform

Call for Contributions: STEMulator e-learning platform

The proSET (Professionals in Science, Engineering and Technology) Committee is proud to announce that the STEMulator e-learning platform has been launched and is now freely available on the internet to attract students/youngsters into the exciting STEM world and provide guidance on fields of study and careers. The STEMulator is a virtual world, full of animated content, from beating hearts to powerful jet engines, where youngsters/children can Explore > Discover > Learn, “The Hidden World Revealed”. The STEMulator is a proudly South African platform, unique in the world as far as we know. It is an initiative and flagship project of proSET, developed under the leadership of the proSET Committee. Now we are inviting you to join in and make a difference. Send us content/contributions for the STEMulator and stand a chance to win one of several cash prizes! You are also invited to find a place for your organisation on the STEMulator platform where we will include hyperlinks through to your own website. For more information on this amazing initiative and on how to take part please download the document provided: Call for Contributions: STEMulator
Water management is about peace and cooperation not threats of violence

Water management is about peace and cooperation not threats of violence

Water management is about peace and cooperation not threats of violence- WISA & SAICE on inflammatory comments by US President about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam South Africans water professionals are deeply concerned by the irresponsible comments made by the US President Donald Trump about the dispute between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. In particular, references to ‘blowing up the dam’ have no place in such important and complex matters and could increase instability on the continent. Many South African water scientists and engineers have worked diligently and productively to encourage cooperation between countries that share rivers. Our own experience has showed that cooperation with our neighbours on shared water has contributed to peace and prosperity in our region. We have also worked with many US experts who have helped to strengthen this message and who we know will be shocked by the US President’s statement. After decades of interaction with many international experts, including from the USA’s famous TVA scheme, the Ethiopians developed the GERD project on the basis of ensuring that there would be shared benefits. Ethiopia will share the electricity generated with Sudan and the control of the annual floods will allow Sudan to expand its irrigated agriculture and protect its population from flooding. The regular flow from the GERD will also help Egypt to manage its water better, by reducing evaporation losses in Lake Nasser and encouraging its farmers to use their water more efficiently. So we call on all professionals who work in this field to raise their voices and call for cooperation not conflict on the Nile. Water Institute…
WISA Western Cape Branch supports the Cape Peninsula Paddle

WISA Western Cape Branch supports the Cape Peninsula Paddle

The Peninsula Paddle took place on 4 October 2020.This year, UCT’s Future Water Institute, in partnership with Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET), Friends of the Liesbeek, Khayelitsha Canoe Club, Zandvlei Trust, WISA and the City of Cape Town, continued to raise awareness of the plight of the Cape’s waterways calling citizens of Cape Town to take notice and change their habits. Founded in 2010, the Peninsula Paddle began as a challenge between four friends to see if they could paddle from Muizenberg to Milnerton through the city’s urban waterways. This proved to be a difficult task as they often found their way blocked by solid waste or overgrown weeds. Through this initial paddle, they coined the phrase “the health of the city is seen in its waterways”. There are major challenges at the heart of the litter problem which will not be solved overnight, or even by a decade long paddle, but it’s a start. With such a disconnect between citizens of Cape Town and their environment little thought is given to the consequences of litter and other waste, and therein lies the problem. It is hoped that with raising awareness around the Peninsula Paddle and spreading the message, we can really show people what beautiful assets urban rivers can be and how they can benefit every single citizen of Cape Town and not just be a conduit for waste and pollution. Dr Kevin Winter has a dream, “Imagine a city where citizens could safely traverse its waterways in clean water and where the surrounding rivers and canalised banks offer safe, pleasant public spaces”. The route for the Peninsula…
WISA2020 is going 100% virtual and experts are ready to answer urgent questions about water sustainability in southern Africa

WISA2020 is going 100% virtual and experts are ready to answer urgent questions about water sustainability in southern Africa

Will we ever face water shedding in southern Africa? Can we trust the quality of our water? Are our dams full enough to see us through this pandemic and any other future unprecedented global moment which might bring more never-before-seen challenges? The major drought southern Africa endured in recent years has made water an urgent topic of conversation at dinner tables and on social media. After all, water is even more critical to our health and wellbeing than power… that other critical topic. WISA2020, the Water Institute of Southern Africa’s Biennial Conference and Exhibition – which will be a 100% virtual conference this year – will be held from 7-11 December. This is the region’s biggest water sector event and WISA will be bringing leaders, professionals, researchers and other stakeholders together to thrash out vital issues in the field and provide ideas, solutions and new ways of thinking about how to answer many burning questions around water. The theme of the conference reflects a universal interest and an urgent need for engagement in water matters: “#AllHandsOnDeck”. All of us, whoever we are, share a need for “a reliable, clean supply of water and sanitation systems that work,” says Dr Marlene van der Merwe-Botha, Chair of WISA2020’s Technical Committee and past-president of WISA. “The intention of our theme is to place the emphasis on doing, on action, on implementation. We want to bring together all the actors in the water sector and related sectors, to engage outside of their boundaries but within a connected space, to ensure we create a sustainable water service and water future for South and southern Africa.”…