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

Oct 20 @ 8:00 AM - Oct 23 @ 5:00 PM
Boardwalk International Convention Centre, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

About the Conference

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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Conference Plenary Speakers

John Doherty

The Groundwater Foundation, 2019 Darcy Lecturer

Zachariah Maswuma

Director: Surface and Groundwater Information, DWS

Fanus Fourie

Hydrogeologist, Scientific Manager at the DWS

Sivashni Naicker

Production Scientist, CD: Integrated Water Resource Planning, DWS

Dr Ricky Murray

Geohydrologist, Groundwater Africa

Dr Shafick Adams

WRC Research Manager

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Event Schedule

Oct 17 – Oct 19 : Pre-Conference CoursePEST: Principles and Practice of Model Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis (GWD)
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Early Registration opens

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet & Greet with some Cheese and Wine

7:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Day closes

7:00 am - 8:30 am


8:30 am - 10:10 am

Plenary Session: Conference Opening/ Welcome Keynote Speakers

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Refreshments & Comfort Break

10:30 am - 12:10 pm

Break-away sessions

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm


1:10 pm - 2:50 pm

Break-away sessions

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

Refreshments & Comfort Break

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm

Sessions end for Day 1

4:30 am - 5:30 am


5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Cocktail Function @ the Courtyard Hotel

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Day Registration opens

8:30 am - 9:10 am

Plenary Session: Keynote Speaker

9:10 am - 10:10 am

Break-away sessions

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Refreshments & Comfort Break

10:30 am - 12:10 pm

Break-away sessions

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm


1:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Break-away sessions

2:30 pm - 3:10 am

Refreshments & Comfort Break

3:10 am - 4:10 am

Sessions end for Day 2

6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Conference Dinner

8:30 am - 10:10 am

Break-away sessions

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Refreshments & Comfort Break

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Break-away sessions

11:30 am - 12:10 pm

Comfort Break

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm

Closing Ceremony

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch (to book)

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Field Trip (to book)

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Exhibitions and Networking

The GWD Conference Exhibitors and Networking Stations, located adjacent to the Conference Plenary and Breakaway venues, will be representing relevant professional businesses, organisations and sponsors from industries and businesses in the Sector. For Exhibitors there will be plenty opportunity to meet and connect with prospective customers, strengthen your bond with existing customers and to strengthen (or establish) your brand. Book your stand now! Delegates are invited to visit the stands where you will learn about new developments in the industry and meet the companies / contacts that can further your interests. Coffee breaks and lunches will be held in the exhibition area.

Exhibition Layout

For more info regarding the exhibition dates,  layout, stall options and regulations, please download the exhibition manual below.
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Exhibitors and Networking Stations

Accommodation Options


Contact Number

Distance from venue

Boardwalk Hotel

041 507 7777


Paxton Hotel

041 585 9655

2,9 km

Garden Court

041 582 3720

1,2 km

Protea Hotel

041 583 3720

0,8 km

Summerstrand Inn Hotel

041 583 3131

2,1 km

City Lodge Hotel

041 584 0322

300 m

Courtyard Hotel

041 583 4655

170 m

Town Lodge Hotel

041 509 2000

450 m

Road Lodge Hotel

041 509 7000

750 m


Contact Number

Distance from venue

Admirality Beach House

083 555 6370

2,9 km

Ballina Ga-El

041 583 2776

2 km

Amor da Vida

078 207 8126

2,8 km


041 583 3586

3 km


041 583 3511

2,9 km

King Fisher

041 583 2150

2,9 km


041 811 2225

2,8 km

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Conference Committee

Name and Surname


Contact Number

Gert Nel

GWD Eastern Cape

Etienne Mouton

GWD Eastern Cape

Eunice Goossens

GWD Eastern Cape

Dr Matthys Dippenaar

GWD National

Yazeed van Wyk

GWD National

Nicolette Vermaak

GWD National

Sakhile Mndaweni

GWD National

Conference News

Conference Papers to be published in a Scientific Journal

A special issue of the The Journal of African Earth Sciences titled "Groundwater: Data, Disaster and Dependency" has been approved! The Journal of African Earth Sciences sees itself as the prime geological journal for all aspects of the Earth Sciences about the African plate. Papers dealing with peripheral areas are welcome if they demonstrate a […]

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GWD ConfEx2019 Deadlines

Key Dates not to miss! Call for Abstracts Closed Exhibitors & Sponsors Invited Ongoing, always Conference Early-Bird Registrations Closed May 2019 Event Tickets opened Ongoing 1st Conference Programme Available ALL SELECTED PRESENTERS - Final Abstracts / Extended Abstracts submitted-Final Full papers submitted(This is for authors that want to be published in the Science Journal) 15 […]

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Updated Conference Programme available

The GWD ConfEx2019 released the latest version Day Programme for its upcoming Conference in October. Download here (ver08Oct2019) An exciting addition is the Groudwater PUBLIC OPEN SESSION scheduled for Day 2 as a Side-event of the Conference. The Ground Water Division of South Africa and its Eastern Cape Branch invite businesses and private groundwater users […]

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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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