Update on WISA response to water crisis Since its launch on 24 January, our Water Crisis Volunteer platform at http://bit.ly/watervolunteer has received 1,144 clicks and 153 pledges. We are in contact with Water Shortage South Africa and Gift of the Givers in order to connect the pledges with needs identified. WISA has also – together with the Consulting Engineers South Africa – met with the Western Cape Premier to discuss how to work together on medium and short term plans. While no resolutions have been made, we have pledged our support and assistance to the Western Cape government in dealing with the water crisis. We also assured the Premier and attending DWS representative that South Africa has all the required expertise and willing professionals right here in South Africa. We understand the frustration our members are feeling; as professionals you have provided all the necessary advice and guidance. You have done what you can where you are to avoid any form of water crisis, but have not been publicly recognised for it. We commend you for your passion, and for maintaining a standard of professionalism that is marked by your willingness to apply your knowledge and skills in the best interest of others. Irrespective of your personal views on the water crisis, we ask that you – as WISA member – conduct your professional activities with a commitment to competence, integrity, morality, and the promotion of the public good. With continued dedication, Dr Lester Goldman WISA CEO
The WISA Gauteng Branch will be holding a branch meeting and Technical tour on 23 February 2018 at the CSIR Business Units involved in water sector R&D. The branch meeting will take place from 10h00 – 12h30 at the CSIR in Pretoria, the branch is also looking for new committee members. If you are interested in joining the committee then please submit your half page CV indicating the skills you can offer to the committee to Melissa Wheal on email@example.com by 14 February 2018. The Technical tour will follow the committee meeting, further details regarding the tour to follow.
Members of the Anaerobic Sludge Processes Division are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the division which will be taking place on 5 March 2018 at 17h00 at the Darvill Wastewater Works in Pietermaritzburg, KZN. Should you wish to attend the AGM kindly RSVP to Mlu Mnguni on firstname.lastname@example.org before 28 February 2018. The division has various vacancies on the Anaerobic Sludge Processes Division Committee, and therefore would like to put out a Call for Nominations/ Applications. If you wish to apply please send your half page CV listing the skills/ experience that you would be able to offer the division to Melissa Wheal on email@example.com. Deadline for applications is 2 March 2018. The Agenda for the AGM is supplied below: Anaerobic Sludge Processes AGM Agenda 2018
WISA Western Cape Members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Western Cape Branch which will be taking place on 01 March 2018 at 15h00 at Borcherd’s Quarry Wastewater Treatment Works Auditorium. Should you wish to attend the AGM kindly RSVP to Wilma Grebe – firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 23 February 2018. The branch has a vacancy for two general members on our WISA Western Cape Branch Committee, and therefore would like to send out a Call for Nominations/ Applications. If you wish to apply please send your half page CV listing the skills/ experience that you would be able to offer the branch to Melissa Wheal on email@example.com. Deadline for applications is 16 February 2018. Nominees/ applicants must meet the following criteria: WISA Member in good standing (application to become a member is sufficient) No criminal record or prior insolvency Temporary/permanent resident in or citizen of the Republic of South Africa Willing to commit time and energy towards the branch/division Committee over the course of two years (meetings, adhere to policies, etc.) Nominees/ applicants must please provide a short CV. As a general member the nominee/ applicant will be required to: support the branch/division committee; assist with arranging, facilitating, coordinating, promoting and attending events The Agenda for the AGM is supplied below: Western Cape Branch AGM Agenda 2018 Western Cape Branch AGM Minutes 2016
The City of Cape Town has released a document summarising the water outlook for 2018 along with a presentation. To view the document and presentation please click on the links below: Water Outlook 2018 – Summary Water Outlook 2018 Presentation CoCT Water Outlook Summary 2018 CoCT Water Outlook Presentation 2018
Volunteers that can donate time or goods to assist officials tasked with managing the Cape water crisis can pledge their support at http://bit.ly/watervolunteer The initiative is hosted by the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA), a registered non-profit organisation established in 1987. Lester Goldman, CEO of WISA, said that “accusations of various parties playing a game with water for their own reward have been rife, and various myths and half-truths are adopted as the fear of running out of water rise.” This rising fear is driven by the human survival instinct that leads us to ignore Ubuntu in favour of shortsighted self-preservation. “South Africans are known as uniquely resilient, and for coming together to assist one another in times of need,” says Goldman. “We’ve created this volunteer platform to help streamline the strength in numbers, and connect those that can help with those that need help.” “The time has come to shift the focus away from assigning blame. Our focus should now be on how we can all help.” The platform is a simple tool that allows volunteers to submit their contact and donation details. WISA will collate the information and use its existing communication channels within the water sector to share relevant details with official task teams deployed by national and local government. WISA aims to support water sector professionals; the scientists, engineers, managers, and operators that are trained to design, operate, and maintain a very complex system that needs to collect, treat, and distribute water to sustain life and business for South African citizens. Pledge your support here!
Dear Valued WISA Member The goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of our success, so it is a pleasure at this holiday time to say Thank You. Wishing you good health and happiness this festive season and prosperity in the New Year. Please note that our offices will close on 15 December 2017 and reopen on 8 January 2018. Best wishes & safe travels, WISA Head Office In case of emergencies, please contact: Dr Lester Goldman (CEO) 071 678 1867 or Adrie Krugel (OM) 082 410 7043