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

03 Dec 2019

Dear Member & prospective Member The newly elected GWD Executive Committee for the upcoming two year term (2020/2021), was announced at the 16th Biennial GWD Conference Cocktail hosted in Port Elizabeth in October. The official Exco Welcome and first <skype, where need be> meeting - as well as - a THANK YOU to the outgoing Committee, will take place on Tuesday, 3 December 2019 in Gauteng. This will follow with a Year-End get-together (from 16:30) where all members & prospective members are invited to join in. More details will follow shortly but please save the date. Need more information? Kindly

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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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CALLING SUBMISSIONS TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL OF AFRICAN EARTH SCIENCES ON GROUNDWATER

31 Oct 2019

VOLUME TITLE:                       Groundwater: Data, Disaster and Dependency GUEST EDITORS:   Dr 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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National Chairperson: Dr Matthys Dippenaar
Vice-Chairperson: Ms Nicolette Vermaak
National Treasurer: Mr Yazeed van Wyk
National Secretariat: Mr Sakhile Mndaweni
National Coordinator: Ms Elanda Schaffner

Please contact this Committee via [email protected]

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