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Development Rule of Law Programhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=6081Development Rule of Law ProgramO Ruppel<p>​<a href="http://drop.sun.ac.za/">http://drop.sun.ac.za​</a><br></p>
Capacity Building of Rural TVET College Lecturers from the Northern Capehttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5994Capacity Building of Rural TVET College Lecturers from the Northern CapeManuel Jackson - Project Manager SUWI<p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The Stellenbosch University Water Institute (SUWI) presented a short course entitled 'Water quality management and risk assessment at water care works' at Northern Cape Rural </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Technical Vocational Education and Training</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> (TVET) College in Upington from 26 to 28 September 2018. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lecturers from the Upington, Okiep and Kathu campuses of the Northern Cape Rural TVET College attended the course, alongside municipal officials from the Namakwa District Municipality, as well as the Dawid-Kruiper and Kai Garib Municipalities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Principal of Northern Cape Rural TVET, Mr. Percy Sago, welcomed all of the participants on the first day of the course by giving an overview of the College and highlighting the regional training requirements related to water and energy in the Northern Cape Region.  The short course consisted of classroom-based training as well as a visit to the Upington Water Treatment Works.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The purpose of the course is to capacitate the South African water sector to coordinate and execute risk-based water safety and operational activities within defined water services schemes.  The course intends to enable tutors and trainers, as well as engineers and officials from the three tiers of government to select, review or develop a wastewater risk abatement plan and water safety plan for a defined water services works.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Stellenbosch University-accredited short course forms part of an Energy and Water Services Sector Education Training Authority (EWSETA) initiative to increase the training capacity of TVET college lecturers in the South African municipal environment.  This initiative is in accordance with the new National Water Resource Strategy II (NWRS2), which makes specific reference to establishing partnerships between training providers and the workplace. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The White Paper for Post School Education and Training (2014), recognizes the need for capacity building within colleges and the increased need for partnerships between universities, Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs) and employers, as well as the expansion of workplace-based training.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">SUWI together with the principle of the College is currently formulating an MOU and further collaboration will be explored by district municipality of Namakwa. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For more information about this short course initiative, kindly contact Ms. Tania Van der Merwe at 021 808 5845​<br></p>
AMANZI YIMPILO – WATER IS HEALTH - WATER IS GESONDHEIDhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5992AMANZI YIMPILO – WATER IS HEALTH - WATER IS GESONDHEIDDr. Leanne Seeliger<p>​<span lang="EN-US" style="color:#000000;font-size:11pt;line-height:15.693333625793457px;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">One of the greatest challenges facing most townships is water management. Many residents were previously excluded from crucial decision-making processes during apartheid and continue to be so, despite the advent of democracy. This research aims to address this by firstly gauging ethical approaches to water management in townships and secondly, by making this information available to municipalities so that they can engage more effectively with communities themselves.  The research team is of the understanding that if both the municipality and the community interrogate the principles at hand in water management in a geographical area, then best practice, rather than minimal compliance could be achieved. Currently, due to a lack of trust and unmet expectations, many municipal initiatives are vandalised or even destroyed. The research process is designed to be iterative and to later become part of the municipality’s functioning process within the community. The research process is focused on building trust, restoring community and rebuilding civic responsibility through a shared understanding of ethics between the community and municipality</span><span style="color:#000000;font-family:-webkit-standard;font-size:medium;"></span><br></p>
WATER ISSUES IN ETHICAL PERSPECTIVE – THE PHILIPPI HORTICULTURAL AREAhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5993WATER ISSUES IN ETHICAL PERSPECTIVE – THE PHILIPPI HORTICULTURAL AREADr. Leanne Seeliger<p>​The Philippi Horticultural Area represents a test case for the ethics of water governance in South Africa. The diversity of government role-players with their divergent interpretations of the legislation; the differing opinions of the farmers on the issues at hand and the number of scientific studies that have been conducted by various academic institutions and disciplines over a long period of time, make it a rich and complex ethical issue. Tensions among stakeholders in the Philippi Horticultural Area around numerous issues, including water are currently high. This area produces almost half of Cape Town's fresh produce and gives work to thousands of farm workers. The water for the Philippi Horticultural Area is supplied by an underground water aquifer. Large amounts of water are extracted from the Cape Flats Aquifer. Access to the water has not been effectively monitored and little has been done to address pollution by authorities. Water governance in the area is becoming increasingly contested following plans by the City of Cape Town to allow two developers to start large scale development in the area, and with the decision to use water from the aquifer for drought augmentation purposes. This research project, funded by the Water Research Commission, is innovative in terms of water governance, because it is the first time that an ethics methodology is explicitly being applied to an existing water governance dilemma in South Africa that is currently underway. It goes beyond a desktop analysis and attempts to demonstrate the impact that ethical dialogue can make in a contested case study.​<br></p>
Trace & Save water researcher working on the Woodlands Dairy Sustainability Projecthttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5933Trace & Save water researcher working on the Woodlands Dairy Sustainability ProjectManuel Jackon<h3>​​​​​General responsibilities<br></h3><ol><li>​Apply the Trace & Save system of sustainable agriculture, which uses the SWAN (soil, water, atmosphere and nutrients) system, biodiversity conservation; and people and animal welfare to measure and assess sustainability on farms.<br></li><li>Collect data, analyze and interpret various sustainability indicators on dairy farms, using the Trace & Save system.<br></li><li>Provide feedback on sustainability indicators and assist farmers to continually improve their sustainability strategy.<br></li><li>Communicate, using various platforms (social media, blogs, popular articles, presentations), to farmers and other interested parties about sustainable agriculture and the benefits of adopting sustainable practices.<br></li><li>Communicate, using various platforms (social media, blogs), to consumers of dairy products the importance and relevance of sustainable agriculture.<br></li></ol><h3>Water specific responsibilities<br></h3><ol><li>Continual research and development of water efficiency indices for farmer water usage.<br></li><li>Develop a water footprint for farmers.<br></li><li>Find creative ways to record and measure water usage on farms.<br></li><li>Research the importance of soil quality on water irrigation efficiency and overall effect on the environment.<br></li><li>Learn and improve knowledge on water irrigation scheduling through research, studying and courses.<br></li><li>Test water quality (both irrigation and drinking water) and evaluate effect on the environment, irrigation efficiency and animal health.<br></li><li>Test effluent water, farmer efficiency of usage, effect on GHG emissions and pollution of water sources.<br></li><li>Become an expert on water usage, irrigation laws and regulations.<br></li><li>Become an expert on effluent laws and regulations.<br></li><li>Understand and research the effect of water quality, dairy effluent, and nutrients brought onto farm, on groundwater and streams. And role soil quality/health, plays in this.<br></li><li>Further your studies to become a scientist showing the connection between soil hydrology, soil health/texture/structure, and water efficiency. As well as effect on environment.<br></li><li>Lead the sustainability team in all water related research, and keep the team informed/knowledgeable and up to date with all water aspects.<br></li></ol><h3>Education and core skills required<br></h3><p>Honors/Master's degree in soil science and/or agronomy and/or environmental science, with a preferred focus in water usage and/or hydrology.​</p><p><br></p>
Vulnerability assessment on the Berg River and Olifants River catchmentshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5596Vulnerability assessment on the Berg River and Olifants River catchmentsDr Charon Marais<p>​​The Department of Water and Sanitation held a Climate Change and Vulnerability Assessment for the Berg-Olifants and Breede Gouritz CMA workshop on the 06 April 2018. The objective of the workshop was to provide progress on the Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment of the WMA and to gain insights from the participants as to what they believe the special and unique issues are in their WMA. Presentations were made by prof Schulze from Schulze & Associates. </p><div>As a follow-up to the interactive workshop, it was agreed to have a special follow-up information and engagement session on climate change risk and vulnerability assessment on the Berg River and Olifants River catchments. Participants will now have the opportunity to contribute to and collaborate in the finer configuration of a BOWMA specific methodology framework to measure available streamflow and better planning for WMA management. ​<br></div>
Short Course Water Treatment Process Management TVET Lecturers Drakenstein http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5581Short Course Water Treatment Process Management TVET Lecturers Drakenstein Mr Chris Swartz<p>​​A short course was recently piloted at the Drakenstein Municipality in Water Treatment Process Management for TVET College Lecturers. The course is part of a suite of courses where the purpose is to upskill lecturers in training related to water treatment​.<br></p><div>The course, accredited by Stellenbosch University, holds five credits on level seven of the National Qualifications Framework. It was developed as part of an Energy and Water Services Sector Education Training Authority (EWSETA) initiative, in collaboration with the Stellenbosch University Water Institute. </div><div>The course, presented for the first time in September 2017 in the Limpopo Province, followed by a second offering at Drakenstein Municipality, was facilitated by Mr Chris Swartz, a water utilisation engineer with more than 25 years of experience in the water sector. Attending the course, presented in the Paarl, were lecturers from five TVET Colleges, including Boland College, College of Cape Town, Northlink College, South Cape College and West Coast College, as well as staff members from the City of Cape Town and Drakenstein Municipalities. </div><div><br></div><div>The Drakenstein Municipality’s Executive Director of Corporate Services, Mr Seraj Johaar, presided over the official opening, while Dr Antoinette Smith Tolken, director of the Division for Social Impact, represented Stellenbosch University. Manuel Jackson from the SU Water Institute (SUWI), says engineers, managers, decision-makers, municipal and industrial operations and maintenance personnel, as well as lecturers at TVET colleges and universities, will benefit from this course: “The goal is to provide the South African water sector with a high level overview of the core principles and management concepts of water and wastewater treatment. The course is designed in such a way to enable tutors, trainers, as well as engineers and officials from the three tiers of government to select and apply water and wastewater treatment processes to meet specific water treatment needs. The course also enables participants to assess and design operation and maintenance plans for water and wastewater treatment plants.”</div><div> </div><div>The next offering of this course will take place at the Nkangala Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Mpumalanga 26 to 28 March 2018.<br></div><div>For more information about the short course, contact Ms. Hillary Siebritz at 021 808 9514.<br>​​<br></div>
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Wastewater Epidemiology http://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5501Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Wastewater Epidemiology Prof Gideon Wolfaardt<p style="text-align:left;">​<strong>​Scope</strong><strong> </strong><strong>of</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Research:</strong><strong> </strong>The research involves interdisciplinary collaboration between Stellenbosch University and the University of Bath with a focus on the development of a real-time community- wide public health early warning system that is based on the measurement of biomarkers for disease, illicit drug use patterns and endocrine disruptors and other micro-pollutants in municipal wastewater and receiving rivers.  ​</p><p style="text-align:left;">The postdoctoral candidate will have the opportunity to work on individual research as well as to work within a team (Doctoral and Masters level students), and in addition, to gain experience in supervision as well as management of an international collaborative project. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Host:</strong><strong> </strong>Department of Microbiology and Stellenbosch University Water Institute. </p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Requirements:</strong><strong> </strong>PhD (Must have graduated within the last five years)  </p><ul style="text-align:left;"><li>Previous experience in the technical expertise necessary for chemical and biological water quality monitoring, wastewater treatment reactors/systems, metabolic microbial activity assessments, and water system ecology. Additionally, previous experience in independent project design and management must be demonstrated. </li><li>Familiarity with the wastewater industry, environmental policy and management, student supervision, and communication between governmental, industrial and academic role players. <br></li></ul><p style="text-align:left;">Postdoctoral research fellows are not eligible for employee benefits since they are registered as research fellows and their bursaries are awarded tax-free.  <br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Commencement of duties: </strong>As soon as possible <br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Closing date: 30 March 2018</strong> </p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Enquiries:</strong><strong> </strong>Send a letter of application, accompanied by a comprehensive curriculum vitae, including list of publications and the names and contact details of at least two referees, to Prof. Gideon Wolfaardt at the following e-mail address: <a href="mailto:gmw@sun.ac.za">gmw@sun.ac.za</a><br></p>
Developing Critical Mass - Colleges and Municipalitieshttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5190Developing Critical Mass - Colleges and MunicipalitiesManuel Jackson<p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">A group of 25 municipal officials and educators from Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges in the Western Cape attended the first Water Governance for Water Leaders learning program at Stellenbosch University (​SU). <br></span></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">The program, presented by the SUWI ​</span><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">in partnership with its </span><a href="/english/faculty/economy/spl" style="color:#666666;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">School of Public Leadership</span></a><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"> (SPL), was developed specifically for municipal councilors and officials by the SPL's Prof. Erwin Schwella in collaboration with several experts in the water sector. The project is based on an Energy Water Sector Education Training Authority (EWSETA) initiative to develop capacity of TVET colleges in training delivery related to water treatment.</span></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">Prof. Schwella says the course connects the fields of lea​dership development, practices in water governance and leadership innovation in public water utilities and institutions by way of comparative and relevant case studies. </span></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">The course, which is registered with SU and holds nine credits on level eight of the National Qualifications Framework, took place from 6 to 10 February 2017. </span></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">Municipal officials from Hessequa, George, Knysna, Swellendam and the City of Cape Town attended, as well as educators and officials from Boland College, South Cape College, Northlink College and representatives from various non-governmental organizations and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the water sector. A representative of the policy and regulation division of the Department of Water and Sanitation attended as an observer.</span></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">During the course, participants had to complete a class-based group project and an examination at the end of the program. Participants also have to submit an individual assignment by the end of February, after which the successful candidates will receive a Certificate of Competence. ​</span></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">During this week, they were also addressed by a panel of experts in the water industry. They were Dr. Thokozani Kanyerere, senior lecturer in hydrology at the Institute for Water Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Prof. Jaqui Goldin, extra-ordinary professor of anthropology and water sciences at UWC, Ms. B.D. Hene, director: policy and regulation in the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), and Mr. George Tsibane, consultant and former chief director in the DWS.  </span><br></p><p style="color:#333333;font-family:"noto sans", sans-serif;font-size:12px;background-color:#ffffff;text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">The next course will take place between the 31st July and 4th August 2017 at Buffalo City TVET College in the Eastern Cape. The course participants include academic staff from TVET colleges Buffalo City, Lovedale, East Cape Midlands, Umfolozi (Kwazulu Natal), and senior officials from Amatola Water Board, Buffalo City Municipality, Nelson Mandela Metro, and the Department of Water and Sanitation (Eastern Cape).</span></p>
Smart Water Meter helps schools to save waterhttp://www.sun.ac.za/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5098Smart Water Meter helps schools to save waterSandra Mulder<p>Every drop counts – not only when it comes to preventing water wastage but also saving the bank account from drying up. This is especially true for schools with already constrained resources and with limited tools available to affect savings.<br></p><p>Saving water and money at schools has been the focus of a project run by Prof Thinus Booysen and his team from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Through the use of smart metering technology, they have enabled schools, households and other institutions to limit water usage and minimise expenses.</p><p>Booysen said there are already five schools putting the technology to the test by the end of August. He hopes that more schools can get involved as a lot of water can be saved, especially since the cost of water for bulk users in Stellenbosch has more than doubled since July.<br></p><p>The smart water meter is simply attached to a municipal water meter, and then reports into a web server via cellular, NB-IoT or Sigfox networks. Information is made available on a web app and through daily emailed reports. Moreover, notifications of unexpected events are sent by SMS and email.</p><p>According to Booysen, after the installation of this solution, people become more aware of how much water they use. This awareness invariably leads to substantial reductions, with as much as 68% observed.</p><p>Shortly after the pilot project started at Laerskool Stellenbosch (Stellenbosch Primary School) a few months ago, their water consumption dropped from 35 kl. per day to 11 kl. per day. In fact, the savings per month is equal to the salaries of two junior teachers.</p><p>The moment there was a burst pipe at the school during the July holiday, an alarm triggered, the school was notified immediately and they were able to prevent an estimated loss of around 1 million litres” adds Booysen.</p><p>Jacques Horn, deputy principal at Laerskool Stellenbosch, said that the meter really works well. “We have already saved a lot of water and everyone is more aware of saving water. We have even adjusted the water supply to the bathrooms.”</p><p>A further solution was to connect the water supply to the toilets with a timer control system. In this way, the water supply to the restrooms could be closed late afternoon and opened again the following morning.<br></p><p>The project champion at Laerskool Eikestad (Eikestad Primary School), Dirk Coetsee, said that after the installation of the water meter, the school managed to save at least 3 kl. of water per day.</p><p>“We picked up there was water use over weekends when there was no one at school. Then we discovered a water leakage underground.”<br></p><p>Other schools like A.F. Louw Primary School, Hoërskool Stellenbosch and Hector Peterson Secondary School in Wallacedene have also come on board with the project.<br></p><p>The project is being commercialised by <span lang="EN-US"><a href="http://www.innovus.co.za/"><span lang="EN-ZA">InnovUS</span></a></span>, the University’s technology transfer office, and incubated by the Nedbank Stellenbosch University <a href="http://www.launchlab.co.za/">LaunchLab</a>, SU’s business incubator, through a spin-off company, Bridgiot (Bridge to the Internet of Things).</p><ul><li>Visit Bridgiot at <a href="http://www.bridgiot.co.za/">www.bridgiot.co.za</a> for more information. See Laerskool Stellenbosch's smart water meter online dashboard here: <a href="http://lstellen.bridgiot.co.za/">http://lstellen.bridgiot.co.za</a> and a real-time dasboard of schools here: <a href="http://www.schoolswater.co.za/"><strong>www.schoolswater.co.za</strong></a><br></li></ul><p>Caption: Prof Thinus Booysen sits at his desk with the water usage data of a Stellenbosch school on his computer. </p> <p><br> <br> </p>