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SUWI / UNESCO Open-Source Wastewater Treatment Short Course

September 19, 2014 in News by nrlouw

Recently the Stellenbosch University Water Institute (SUWI) hosted a 5 day (8 – 12 September) short course, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), aimed at educating and training individuals in the wastewater treatment sector on open source wastewater treatment modelling.

The WRc, a UK based water resources company, provided their open-source STOAT modeling and two trainers for the course, which was attended by 15 participants ranging from municipal wastewater treatment plant process controllers and those from other Water Service Providers (WSP) such as Randawater and ERWAT, as well as a large contingent of wastewater treatment educators from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges from across the country.

The short course itself was split into the following eight parts:

  1. Principles of Wastewater Treatment
  2. Activated Sludge Process
  3. Wastewater Characterisation
  4. Modelling
  5. Introduction to STOAT
  6. Activated Sludge Modeling
  7. Trickling Filters
  8. Modeling your own Sewage Works

At the end of the course participants were asked  to use real data from their own wastewater treatment works, run it through the modeling process and give a short presentation on the results. All participants were awarded with certificates of attendance at the culmination of the course and feedback from both the trainers and the attendees suggested a short course successful in increasing the knowledge base of South Africa’s current wastewater treatment practitioners as well as those who are teaching future practitioners.



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African Water Facility: Call for Proposal on Water and Climate

September 12, 2014 in Event by nrlouw

Calling on African organizations to submit climate-smart water project proposals for funding

African organisations eligible for AWF grants are encouraged to submit to the African Water Facility their proposal for project(s) focused on the “preparation of water and climate change investment” aimed at building resilience to climate change in Africa for a chance to be selected for receiving non-reimbursable grants ranging in size from € 1 million up to € 3 million.

The deadline for application is Friday November 14, 2014

 If you wish to receive the application form, contact us immediately at:  and please put “REQUESTING APPLICATION FORM: CALL FOR PROPOSALS CLIMATE CHANGE”  in the email subject line.

Download the announcement made on September 2, at the Stockholm World Water Week.

Projects prioritized

In its selection, the AWF will prioritize projects focused on the “preparation of investment programs or projects” that show strong climate and water adaptation and/or mitigation emphasis. Components focused on improving water governance in the context of climate change and on capturing and disseminating climate and water information and knowledge will be also considered.

Sub-sectors targeted

The sub-sectors supported include water resources infrastructure, water for agriculture, water for energy, water supply and sanitation, and water for environment, among others. Support could be extended to include non-water infrastructure or natural resources, such as forestry, livestock, or a broader water-energy-land focus of interventions, where it is relevant to the overall water sector and related climate adaptation and mitigation measures.

This AWF initiative will receive special support from the Nordic Development Fund and the Austrian Development Agency, who will make use of their extensive knowledge and worldwide experience in sustainable development and climate change to assist with the implementation of the call.

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Sanitation Innovation Challenge

September 5, 2014 in News by nrlouw


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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), in partnership with the Water Research Commission (WRC), is launching an exciting new programme – the Sanitation Innovation Challenge (SanIC)

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from innovators, suppliers and specialists to the Sanitation Innovation Challenge (SanIC). The objectives of the challenge are to mobilise innovative sanitation technologies and solutions towards providing more appropriate solutions to South Africa’s sanitation challenge. Sanitation innovations are regarded as those systems or solutions which are alternative to conventional waterborne sewerage and onsite ventilated improved pit latrines. The proposed technologies should provide sustainable sanitation services to urban, peri-urban and rural areas and take into account effectiveness, social preferences, water resource availability, affordability, possible beneficiation of waste products, economic development and cost reduction in the sanitation delivery chain.


The proposer should demonstrate the underlying scientific principles behind the technology, demonstrate the rationale behind design features, fabrication and implementation cost, O&M requirements, level of readiness, number of units installed, target location (rural, peri-urban and/or urban), and detail any previous demonstrations (location, scale, partners, outputs). Preference will be given to those solutions that are demonstration ready. The EOI should be concise (not more than 20 pages) and include diagrams and photos. Brochures can be added as additional information.


Requirements for the EOI can be obtained from the Water Research Commission (WRC). Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) must be emailed to the WRC by no later than Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

Project Coordinator: Jay Bhagwan

Email Subject Title: Sanitation Innovation Challenge

Queries: Stuart Woolley / Sudhir Pillay / Jay Bhagwan

Phone: 012 330 9057 / 9007

For further information click here

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SAEON Postdoctorate in Ecohydrology

September 4, 2014 in News by nrlouw

The Department of Science and Technology, and the National Research Foundation have introduced the Professional Development Programme (PDP) aimed at training South African Doctoral students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

The South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) Fynbos node ( seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow with competency in aspects of plant water relations and/or catchment hydrology for their research programme on global change impacts on ecosystem infrastructure, composition and function in the Cape Floristic Region. The post will be base in the Fynbos Node in Cape Town but candidates may be affiliated to any suitable local university depending on project requirements.

Postdoctorate in Ecohydrology: Global change impacts on the ecohydrology of megadiverse vegetation systems.

Minimum requirements: A PhD in Botany, Ecology, Hydrology or Earth Systems (if not yet in possession of a PhD, candidates must present evidence that their PhD will be completed by December 2014). Candidates should demonstrate skills in plant ecophysiology and/or hydrology, with experience in fieldwork, installation and application of instrumentation, and/or good knowledge and experience of dynamic modelling.

Closing Date: 25 September


For more information, click here