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GWD WCape Symposium, 2 November 2018

02 Aug 2018

GWD Western Cape presents: A one-day symposium TITLE: Groundwater and The Drought: Between a rock and a wet place. Date: 2 November 2018, Thursday Time: 09h00 – 15h00 Venue: UWC Cost: R500, Students R50   Background The current drought has left immense stresses on our water resources in various parts of our country, and especially in the Western, Eastern- and Northern Cape. As a result, we saw an accelerated development of groundwater resources. But do we really know what the impact of the ongoing drought has been on our groundwater resources? What data – if any - do we have

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SADC-GMI / IWMI-SA Groundwater Conference

26 Sep 2018

The Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) and  the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) are proud to announce their 1st Annual Groundwater Conference to  be held under the theme “Adapting to Climate Change in the SADC Region through Water Security – A Focus on Groundwater”. The conference will be hosted at Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, during 26–28 September 2018. The conference is in response to the very high dependence of human populations and ecosystems on groundwater in the region. It is estimated that over 70% of the 250 million people

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GWD Western Cape Drought Symposium

02 Nov 2018

Date: Friday, 2 November 2018 Time: 09h00 – 15h00 Venue: Life Sciences Building, University of the Western Cape Cost: R500, Students R50 Background The current drought has left immense stresses on our water resources in various parts of our country, and especially in the Western, Eastern- and Northern Cape. As a result, we saw an accelerated development of groundwater resources. But do we really know what the impact of the ongoing drought has been on our groundwater resources? What data – if any - do we have to quantify this impact? In addition, we are gathering some new or additional

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Professional Course: Vadose Zone in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (UP)

20 Feb 2019

The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology Presented by the Department of Geology, University of Pretoria Variably saturated flow conditions are increasingly relevant to geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments. This is most evident in the so-called vadose zone that extends from land surface to the phreatic surface, and which is characterised by variably saturated hydrological systems mostly at negative pore water pressures. The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology short course explores this zone which is fundamental in understanding the subsurface component of the hydrological cycle, emphasising processes such as evapotranspiration, interflow, and groundwater recharge.

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Central Branch: Groundwater Symposium (GWD)

06 Mar 2019

Groundwater Symposium GWD Central Branch Venue: IGS at UFS in Bloemfontein Date: 12 July 2019 @ 10h00 to 14h00 The GWD Central Branch, serving the greater Free State, North West and Northern Cape, invites all members and prospective members to join in this 1 day Symposium: Time Topic 10h00 Welcome IGS 10h05 News & progress GWD 10h15 Dr Eddy van Wyk, Golder Associates The Application of Isotope Hydrology and Supporting Tracers in Subterranean Flow Studies 11h15 Mr Fanie de Lange, IGS Hydraulic fracturing research 12h15 Mr Ray van Rensburg, Geotron Systems AT Receiver: Pseudo science or a method worth investigating?

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Training in Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) (IAH-SA)

10 Apr 2019

Presenters: Global experts Russell Martin (WGA - Australia) and Ricky Murray (Groundwater Africa – South Africa) CPD: SACNASP CPD Points (3) The aim of this technical training workshop is to provide attendees with an appreciation and practical understanding of the technical, scientific, engineering design, and regulatory issues that need to be addressed when contemplating managed aquifer recharge systems that utilise aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) bores or recharge basins.  This three-day course, inclusive of a one-day field excursion, will guide participants through the pre-requisites for, and technical feasibility of MAR systems for a variety of water sources, aquifer types, and

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Ground Water SDG 6.6.1 Future Indicators Workshop (DWS)

15 Apr 2019

Dear Stakeholder South Africa has committed to working towards the SDG Goals, and ground water is extensively featured in SDG 6. As the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), we have been working on the ground water indicators for SDG 6.3 (By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally Quality) and SDG 6.6 (By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes). We invite you to the Ground Water SDG

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GWD Field School 2019 (GWD WC)

24 Jun 2019

GWD Field School 2019, Western Cape  Industry attendance: 25-27 June 2019 Full-time Honours Students: 24-28 June 2019 Click here to view: 2019 Groundwater Field School _Final Programme Presenters 2019: Christian Steyn (NWU), Martin De Klerk (Cape Geophysics), Dr Matthys Dippenaar (UP), Candice Lasher-Scheepers (CoCT), Dr Jaco Nel (UWC ), Christiaan Vermaak,  Angelo Johnson (UWC), Steve Kalule (USK Environmental), Dr Kelley Reynolds (Eskom), Dr Gideon Tredoux The GWD is delighted to announce that the 2019 Field School will be hosted by our GWD Western Cape branch this year! Building on the successes of the annual Industry Field Schools (hosted in Gauteng in 2016-18) and

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GWD Central Branch Symposium

12 Jul 2019

GWD Members and Prospective Members: CPD event You are invited to attend the GWD Central Branch Symposium to be hosted at the Venue: IGS at UFS in Bloemfontein Date: 12 July 2019 Time: 10:00 - 14:00 Cost: No attendance fee (but non-GWD members will be invited to join, no obligation) Presenters: Dr Eddy van Wyk, Golder Associates: The Application of Isotope Hydrology and Supporting Tracers in Subterranean Flow Studies - GSSA Event Abstract - E van Wyk-1 Mr Fanie de Lange, UFS IGS:  Hydraulic Fracturing Research - GSSA Event_Abstract_ Fanie de Lange HF in the Karoo Basin Mr Ray van

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Water Resources Dialogue, Namibia, Windhoek, 22 - 27 July 2019

22 Jul 2019

Water Resources Dialogue: China-Africa Water Forum Series No. 7 - Third Announcement - Organized by China Africa Water Association (CAWA), Hosted by the Namibian Hydrogeological Association (NHA) in Namibia in partnership with Namibia Scientific Society and the Namibian Chamber of Environment and supported by UNESCO Chair in Hydrology at UWC (South Africa). Institute of Africa Water & Environment at HUE, International Research Centeron Karst (IRCK) in Guilin China, T.Y. Lin International (China), Irstea (National Institute for Environmental and Agricultural Science and  Research, France). View and download full brochure: 3rd announcement China Africa No.7_13apr19 (1) - 2mb Abstract Submission to: [email protected]

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GWD Gauteng Branch Mixer: Talks & Networking

29 Aug 2019

The GAUTENG Branch of the Ground Water Division invites you to a MIXER that will feature some interesting talks by esteemed GWD Honorary members and an opportunity to socially engage with other members and prospective members of the Branch. "From the past - into the Future" DATE: 29 August 2019 TIME: 16:30 - 19:30 VENUE: WRC Offices, The Well, Pretoria The majority of the world’s current environmental problems can be traced back to industrialization. Issues such as climate change, groundwater contamination, unsafe levels of air pollution, toxins in rivers and soils, overflowing levels of waste on land and in oceans,

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SADC-GMI 2nd Conference

04 Sep 2019

SADC Groundwater Conference The Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) in collaboration with the United nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – International Hydrogeological Programme (UNESCO-IHP), the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and Department of Water and sanitation – South Africa are proud to announce their 2nd Annual Groundwater Conference to be held under the theme “Groundwater Contribution to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in SADC Region.” The conference will be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, during 4 – 6 September 2019. The conference will provide

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IAH-SA/GWD WCape Branch: Farewell to Ms Nicolette Vermaak

19 Sep 2019

THE WESTERN CAPE IS BIDDING FAREWELL TO NICOLETTE VERMAAK (DWS) Time: 16:15 for 16:30 - 19:00 Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019 Venue: Seminar Room 1D, Life Sciences Auditorium, University of the Western Cape TOPIC: The geohydrology of the West Coast, Langebaan - more pieces to add to this fascinating puzzle. Introduction: Julian Conrad (IAH-SA) Main speaker: Nicolette will be presenting the findings of her PhD research Closing: Dr Jaco Nel (GWD-WC)   Cheese and Wine served afterwards RSVP: 17:00 Monday, 16 September 2019 with [email protected]

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PEST COURSE: Principles and Practice of Model Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis (GWD)

17 Oct 2019

PEST Two Day Course with Optional Third Day 17,18 and 19 October 2019 Beach Hotel, Port Elizabeth Get a ticket (Registration)  Request a quote REGISTRATION CLOSED- * This course is registered for 3 CPD SACNASP points* Recommended by our Professionals: The comprehensive overview of model calibration and in-depth understanding on the intricacies of uncertainty by Professor John Doherty is great value for money. It is very scarce that the actual developer devotes his time to present a course and thus this course is highly recommended.  PEST is the industry standard along with the US UCODE software for groundwater parameter estimation

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2019 Groundwater Conference: Conservation, Demand & Surety (GWD)

20 Oct 2019

The Ground Water Division was established in 1978 as a division of the Geological Society of South Africa with the objective of advancing the science and technology of groundwater.  Our biennial groundwater conference has been pivotal in sharing knowledge about groundwater in South Africa, with this being our 16th three-day event.  Our conferences have always centered around the science of groundwater, new technologies, networking and meeting people who are passionate about groundwater, but this year we also want to focus on Water Use and Conservation, with the emphasis on groundwater.

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31 Oct 2019

VOLUME TITLE:                       Groundwater: Data, Disaster and Dependency GUEST EDITORS:   Prof Matthys A Dippenaar, University of Pretoria (senior lecturer); Ground Water Division of the Geological Society of South Africa (national chair); [email protected] Dr Shafick Adams, Water Research Commission (research manager); Ground Water Division of the Geological Society of South Africa (past national chair); [email protected] MANAGING GUEST EDITOR:    Matthys Dippenaar RATIONALE: Groundwater is used widely throughout the African continent, with millions of people being dependent on the availability of sufficient quantities groundwater of acceptable quality. However, as was evident with the recent drought, as well as numerous other extreme events

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African Exploration Showcase/Technology Day 14 - 15 November (GSSA)

14 Nov 2019

        ABOUT AFRICAN EXPLORATION SHOWCASE African Exploration Showcase programme The 2019 African Exploration Showcase will focus on the metals and minerals critical to the technologies for a low carbon energy future:technology enabling commodities that are commonly referred to as“Critical Metals”.“Critical Metals” is not accurate in that commodities in this basket are not always metals (e.g. graphite); and ambiguous in that “critical”can refer to the significance of the commodity to a technology (i.e.the technology would not be viable without the commodity) as well as the security of supply of the commodity which is influenced by factors that change

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New 2020/2021 Executive Committee Welcome & Year End Function GAU

03 Dec 2019

Dear Member & prospective Member You are herewith cordially invited to attend the GWD Year End function that will follow shortly after the GWD outgoing 2018/19 ExCo meeting with the Newly Elected 2020/21 Committee that will take place at the same venue @ Protea Hotel Fire and Ice Menlyn on Tuesday, 3 December from 16:30. After the ExCo meeting (ending 16:30), the Cocktail function will commence where we wish to spend some time together in reminiscence and celebration of an eventful 2019. The Cocktail function will start at 16:30 with a few words from the outgoing Chair, a few words

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Borehole Sustainable Yield Test for Water Supply Training (SADC-GMI)

24 Feb 2020

"Borehole Sustainable Yield Test for Water Supply Training: from THEORY TO PRACTICAL: The closing date for registration has been extended to 24 January 2020 SADC- GMI is offering a Borehole Sustainable Yield Test for Water Supply Training: from THEORY TO PRACTICAL . The training will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 24- 27 February 2020. The objective of the training is provide an excellent opportunity for hands-on real life technical training on how to properly conduct a borehole sustainable yield test, data collection, processing and analysis to estimate the yield. Please click the link below for more information regarding the

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WRC Dialogue: Improving groundwater development and management at municipal level

16 Mar 2020

This event was cancelled in the light of Covid-19 health safety precautions. Date: 16 March 2020 | Time: 13:30 – 16:00 Venue: Water Research Commission Offices, Lynnwood Bridge Office Park Groundwater plays a pivotal role in ensuring water security in South Africa. It supplies approximately 13% of the total water supply but often provide up to 100% of water supply to some areas. It is thus a resource of strategic importance. However, it development and management does not reflect this importance. The development of the resource is left at the mercy of municipal procurement and poor operation and maintenance. Groundwater,

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Talk & Networking (GWD Central Branch) *POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

22 Apr 2020

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Save the date - Covid-19 permitting. Join the GWD Central Branch for this Opening event The Central Branch members are invited to meet and listen to current groundwater research discussions and network with geohydrologists in the central South Africa. This talk & networking opportunity will be free for GWD/ GSSA/ IAH-SA members. R50.00 for non-members. Sponsorship and Advertising opportunities available. Communications with the GWD Central Branch Chair, Dr Amy Allwright welcomed. Contact us ([email protected]). RSVP opportunity for this event will open closer to the date.    

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Bushveld PGE Webinar (GSSA)

29 May 2020

29 May 2020, 08:30 a.m. The GSSA are hosting a 2020 Bushveld PGE Workshop to be held in Mpumalanga. We have rounded up prominent members of the PGE fraternity in South Africa, the UK and Canada for informative talks. Our speakers come come from academia, government and industry and include Dr Ian Basson, Dr Danie Grobler, Prof Wolfgang Maier, Prof Pedro Jugo, Nicole Wansbury and understanding the emplacement of the Bushveld Complex and the Platreef. The duration is approx. 4 hours collectively, which equates to 4 CPD points on the GSSA system or 0.4 CPD on the SACNASP system. Members

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Talk: (1) Experience with and practical tips on fieldwork (GWD Northern Branch)

29 May 2020

Join our GWD Northern Branch hosting the following online talk on the 29th May @ 14:00- 15:00 Theme: Sharing experience with and practical tips on fieldwork (1) Field work & the focus on geophysics AT Receiver - Pseudo Science or a method worth investigating Ray van Rensburg Managing Director of Geotron Systems, a geophysical manufacturing company Ray van Rensburg is the Managing Director of Geotron Systems, a geophysical manufacturing company.  He, together with its predecessor Chemtron, have been building geophysical equipment since 1971. Geotron was founded in 1987 after the buy-out. Geotron also operates a contracting / consultancy division. Considerable

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Online Talk (2): Fate and transport of Microplastics in Groundwater (GWD WCape)

19 Jun 2020

Candice Lascher at City of Cape Town is a PhD candidate at UWC supervised by Dr Jaco Nel and Dr Sumaya Israel. Candice Lasher-Scheepers (Pr. Sci. Nat, MSc.), a Principal Professional Officer – Geohydrology: Bulk Water Branch; Water and Waste Directorate at the City of Cape Town, did her BSc EWS and BSc Honours (EWS) and Masters at UWC. She is currently registered as a PhD candidate at UWC.  She will be our first presenter in the Western Cape. Her topic of research is very interesting! Date: Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:30pm – 3:30pm (SAST) Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm (SAST) Topic: Fate

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Online Talk (3): Principles of Efficient Gravel Envelope Well Design and Operation (GAKZN, GWD)

30 Jun 2020

The expectation of a water well is to provide a desired production rate at any given time.  This performance expectation has been expanded to not only providing the maximum production rate, but also for the well to operate at its highest efficiency. Both internal and external design and hydraulic factors must be accounted for during the design, construction, operation, and maintenance phases in order to maximize the well's production potential with minimum head losses. This presentation will highlight the critical components of the well design process and demonstrate how wells can be operated with greater water production and cost efficiency.

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SAIEG NOTICE: Free CPD accredited webinar: Extractive Remedial Technologies Design and Pilot Testing (MPE, DPE, SVE, P&T)

01 Jul 2020

Presenter:  Filipe Couto (RSK) Filipe has over 20 years’ experience in risk-based remediation globally. Felipe’s expertise particularly lies in the design and optimisation of in-situ remediation techniques to maximise contaminant mass recovery to reach regulatory closure. To sign-up, click on the following link in order to obtain your CPD point (0.1): Register Instructions on how to register: Follow link to registration Click on “Book now” Choose ticket (select ticket price): Free ticket Scroll down. Click on “Book ticket” Complete form. Click “Save and Continue” Click on “Get Ticket Now” You will receive a confirmation email from Evented. The webinar is

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SAIEG Webinar: Environmental Risk Assessment for Cemeteries, Prof MA Dippenaar

02 Jul 2020

Thursday, 2 July 2020 @ 15:30  OPEN/PRINT THIS INVITATION Investigation for cemetery sites require the detection i.            of a wide range of different contaminant groups, ii.            at typically very low concentrations (if present), iii.            as well as natural and geological impacts on the proposed developments; and iv.            with important safety and human and ecosystem health effects if undetected. The issues of interment and how we deal with the deceased in general transect disciplines of natural science, engineering and social science. Given the sensitive nature of interment and the established notions of acceptable practice at an individual and personal level, assessment

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Webinar: Groundwater, Boreholes, and Water Use Licenses (GWD, IAH-SA)

23 Jul 2020

Groundwater is not private property, and the use of groundwater requires a water use license, or a general authorization. This is imperative for most environmental impact assessment, requiring even ongoing monitoring for the foreseeable future. We are ready to answer all your questions following short presentations during a live panel webinar with experts: Should you license your groundwater use? What is the requirements from the Department? What water uses require licensing? Do I need a hydrogeologist/ geohydrologist? How do I apply for a water use license? What needs to be covered in the groundwater report? What should I get from

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Water Governance Training Courses (CBSS in association with WISA)

25 Aug 2020

CBSS will be presenting their popular Training Course in Water Governance,  in association with WISA, across South Africa this coming year. An Assessment will be conducted upon conclusion of the course to ensure quality, and a Certificate of Attendance which can be used to claim THREE (3) CPD-points from WISA, SACNASP and ECSA will be awarded to successful learners. A minimum number of twelve attendees are required for the course to proceed, and a maximum number of 25 delegates can be accommodated. Should more than the maximum number of delegates register for the course, additional Course Dates will be scheduled.

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GWD Field School 2020 *postponed

15 Sep 2020

Annual Honours and Industry Fieldschool 2020, Postponed until further notice (Sept 2020, tbc Mid-June) The Groundwater Division and its partners are presenting a groundwater field school for postgraduate students and industry professionals. The four-day field school aims to cover appropriate field methods by: Introducing or refreshing appropriate basic theory Exposing attendees to the actual field methods in real field conditions Analysing and interpreting field results based on appropriate guidelines, standards, laws and requirements The field school comprise four modules and attendance can be p/day, p/theme or for the full package: Day 1: Investigation and Siting (hydrogeology and hydrostratigraphy; siting of

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3rd SADC Groundwater Conference (SADC-GMI)

09 Nov 2020

3rd SADC Groundwater Conference scheduled for 9-11 November 2020, Windhoek, Namibia. THEME: Enhancing Water and Food Security through Sustainable Groundwater Development in the SADC Region. BACKGROUND Parts of Sub Saharan Africa makes little use of its groundwater resources, which contributes only 1% of total renewable water resource withdrawals for agriculture. Projected and continuing changes to the amount, intensity and predictability of rainfall in much of Southern Africa will lead to changes in the way the region views its groundwater resources. Increasing water scarcity will be particularly difficult for smallholder farmers who produce 90% of Africa’s food who haven not access

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WISA 2020 #AllHandsOnDeck

05 Dec 2020

#AllHandsOnDeck for WISA2020 in December One thing that we all know about water is that it always finds a way to get over, under or through any obstacle that may stand in its way. It is no surprise then, that when we realised that the South African government proclamation against gatherings of more than 100 people meant that our meeting in June would have to be cancelled, our amazing team of organisers put the #AllHandsOnDeck mindset into action. The result is that WISA2020 is definitely going ahead with the same excellent sessions and – pending confirmation – the same excellent

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GeoCongress 2020, Stellenbosch * Postponed till 2021

29 Jun 2021

Herewith notifying members that GeoCongress 2020 is happening at Stellenbosch University this year (see links from the GSSA below), and that there will be a groundwater session titled "Advances in Southern African Hydrogeology". Abstract submission is open until the 15th April at the following link: The "Advances in Southern African Hydrogeology" session outline is as follows: “Southern Africa is a water stressed region, and both climatic (rising average temperatures, reduced rainfall, increased frequency and magnitude of extreme drought events) and non-climatic (population growth and urbanisation) drivers are placing increasing pressure on regional surface water resources. Groundwater will (and does

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National Chairperson: Mr Fanus Fourie
Vice-Chairperson: Ms Nicolette Vermaak
National Treasurer: Mr Yazeed van Wyk
National Secretariat: Dr Jaco Nel
National Coordinator: Ms Elanda Schaffner

Please contact this Committee via [email protected]

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