2019 Groundwater Conference: Conservation, Demand & Surety (GWD)
About this event
Message from the Conference Chair
The recent drought in various parts of the country have highlighted the vulnerability of surface water sources, particularly if the anticipated seasonal rainfall is less than expected. But, the drought has also accelerated the demand for drilling for groundwater for private and business use. Companies have woken up to the realisation that a constant water supply is not guaranteed, no matter what legal contracts are in place with the water services provider. Business is being forced to bring water surety into their business models and this includes groundwater as a possible supply. Private drilling and private use of groundwater has become difficult to manage and this puts greater pressure on groundwater aquifers, both in terms of water quality and quantity. We simply have to get all groundwater users, planners, authorities and businesses to talk about this precious water resource, which we all share. We simply have to connect the science behind groundwater with the understanding, needs and expectations of the general groundwater user, be it a municipality, a business, a farmer or a residential property owner. Future developments, or higher levels of services, will have to adapt to the availability of water, not the other way around. South Africa has very limited freshwater resources and it is time to accept this fact and talk seriously about the management and protection of fresh water, including groundwater.
This conference is therefore an ideal opportunity for all sectors dependent on water, to come and learn, or share their experience, about groundwater as a sustainable source, if managed correctly. South Africa is currently building towards its future and access to fresh water (and the management thereof) is a vital step in this process. Your sponsorship is an investment in the most precious commodity which every human being requires daily, namely WATER. Your sponsorship shows a commitment to ensuring South Africa has a long term, sustainable water resource. The World Economic Forum Global Risks Reports 2009-2019 lists Water Crises as the fourth biggest concern for 2019. This, along with the recent focus on “day zero” for Cape Town, highlights that now is the time for action so we can avoid more situations like this in future. We will also be addressing the conservation and efficient use of water / groundwater, which opens many opportunities for companies to showcase their technology on water efficiency and water management, from large-scale groundwater well-fields, through to household level use. We have a range of sponsorship opportunities, from the main conference sponsor to a small display. However, if you have any alternative sponsorship proposals, we would gladly like to engage with you further.
With your support, we are confident that this conference will be a huge success and the start of an awareness drive with a better understanding of groundwater. This will ensure a level of availability and sustainability in line with the ever growing demand.
We look forward to hearing from you and meeting up with you at the conference.
Conference Chair: GWD2019
GWD Eastern Cape Branch Chair
About the venue: Boardwalk ICC, Port Elizabeth
South Africa’s friendliest city is a city on the sea with little to no traffic, great undercover restaurants, fresh sea air and easy access to incredible wildlife. Port Elizabeth's Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC) is 10 minutes from the airport, on the beachfront Golden Mile, and have multi-functional space, a perfect fit for this Conference and Exhibition.
Dr. John DohertyLecturer
John Doherty, Ph.D., is the author of PEST, a software package that is widely used for groundwater model calibration and uncertainty analysis. He has worked for more than 35 years in the water industry, first as an exploration geophysicist and then as a modeler. Doherty been employed by both government and industry and has also worked at numerous universities where he undertook research and supervised postgraduate students.
Fanus Fourie from DWA’s Directorate Water Resource Planning Systems, Sub-Directorate Integrated Hydrological Planning, was the project leader of the umbrella project: Strategy and Guideline Development for National Groundwater Planning Requirements, under which the roll-out of the artificial strategy fell.
Sivashni NaickerProduction Scientist
Dr Ricky MurrayGeohydrologist
Dr. Ricky Murray, founder of Groundwater Africa, heads up the company and is an experienced scientist and a leader in the fields of hard-rock hydrogeology and artificial recharge.
Murray also set up and maintains the Department of Water Affairs' artificial recharge website
Exhibitions and Networking
For more info regarding the exhibition dates, layout, stall options, and regulations, please download the exhibition manual
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|Type||Event accommodation name||Contact number||Email address||Distance|
|Hotel||Boardwalk Hotel||+27 41 507 7777||[email protected]||0 km|
|Hotel||Paxton Hotel||+27 41 585 9655||[email protected]||2.9 km|
|Guesthouse||Garden Court||+27 41 582 3720||1.2 km|
|Hotel||Protea Hotel||+27 41 583 3720||0.8 km|
|Hotel||Summerstrand Inn Hotel||+27 41 583 3131||[email protected]||2.1 km|
|Hotel||City Lodge Hotel||+27 41 584 0322||[email protected]||0.3 km|
|Hotel||Courtyard Hotel||+27 41 583 4655||[email protected]||0.17 km|
|Hotel||Town Lodge Hotel||+27 41 509 2000||0.45 km|
|Guesthouse||Admirality Beach House||+27 83 555 6370||[email protected]||2.9 km|
|Guesthouse||Ballina Ga-El||+27 41 583 2776||[email protected]||2 km|
|Guesthouse||Amor da Vida||+27 78 207 8126||[email protected]||2.8 km|
|Guesthouse||Avocet Guesthouse||+27 41 583 3586||[email protected]||3 km|
|Guesthouse||Algoa Guesthouse||+27 41 583 3511||[email protected]||2.9 km|
|Guesthouse||King Fisher||+27 41 583 2150||[email protected]||2.9 km|
|Hotel||Isango Gate Boutique Hotel||+27 41 811 2225||[email protected]||2.8 km|
|Full name||Responsibility||Contact number||Email address|
|Gert Nel||+27||[email protected]|
|Etienne Mouton||+27||[email protected]|
|Eunice Goossens||+27||[email protected]|
|Dr Matthys Dippenaar||+27||[email protected]|
|Yazeed van Wyk||+27||[email protected]|
|Nicolette Vermaak||+27||[email protected]|
|Sakhile Mndaweni||+27||[email protected]|