Groundwater Conference, Gauteng 17-20 October 2021

The Ground Water Division of South Africa and its Gauteng Branch invite all businesses, universities, municipalities, water authorities and the private groundwater users to join in discussing groundwater. You are welcome to come and share your knowledge, your products, and your experience virtually or in-person; or just join and arm yourself with vital knowledge, gain some new insights and perspectives and/or just meet up with each other again!
17 Oct 2021 08:00 - 20 Oct 2021 11:00
Pretoria, City of Tshwane. Gauteng
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  • Groundwater
  • Water security
  • Food security
  • Climate change
  • Drought
  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Monitoring
  • Protection
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Event description

The Ground Water Division of South Africa and its Gauteng Branch invite all businesses, universities, municipalities, water authorities and the private groundwater users to join in discussing groundwater. You are welcome to come and share your knowledge, your products, and your experience virtually or in-person; or just join and arm yourself with vital knowledge, gain some new insights and perspectives and/or just meet up with each other again!

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About this event

Message from the Conference Committee

Kwazi TwoIt is almost that time again when as groundwater community we will come together to share knowledge, new research, innovation and expand on our networks at the 17th Groundwater Conference & Exhibition hosted by the Gauteng Branch of the Groundwater Division of the Geological Society of South Africa. Due to Covid-19 outbreak and associated restrictions, this year’s Conference will follow the format of a Hybrid model, which means that we will have both physical and online components. This is mainly necessitated by possible restrictions on gatherings which is dependent on trends of the virus infections towards the time of the Conference. On the other hand, some companies and individuals might still be financially unstable to be able to attend a full conference due to strains attributed to prolonged lock-down periods. However, with challenges come new opportunities which force us to consider alternative ways of doing things, the idea of the new normal. This bodes well with our Conference Theme and sub-Themes that call for immediate action in addressing groundwater challenges and opportunities, inclusive of emerging issues such as the 4th Industrial Revolution and global pandemics. Therefore, this year the groundwater community is called upon to leave no ‘rock unturned' in operationalising groundwater-related research outcomes through an all-inclusive approach in order to achieve groundwater visibility and resilience we yearn for.
Let’s do this! GWD Conference Chair: Mr Kwazikwakhe Majola

Meet the Conference Scientific Committee:
Dr Nicolette Vermaak (Chair), Mr Shane Turner, Dr Sumaya Israel, Prof Matthys Dippenaar, Dr Jaco Nel (Co-Chair), Mr Fanus Fourie, Prof Ingrid Dennis, Dr Khuliso Masindi, Mr Kwazikwakhe Majola (Conference Chair) and Dr Altus Huisamen.
Meet the YP Committee:
Kopano Mokoena; Collen Nkosi, Lunga Nolakana, Kgotso Mahlahlane, Awodwa Magingi, Angelo Johnston, Ntabiseng Nooe, Analisa Vicente, Jani van der Gent
 

Conference Theme

GROUNDWATER: RESILIENCE & VISIBILITY
RESEARCH. INNOVATE. DEVELOP. MANAGE. PROTECT.

Research and Development through Innovation must be the new narrative that shapes the developmental trajectory and future landscape of groundwater in South Africa and the world. A paradigm shift is needed by building a value chain towards demonstration and piloting to create impact by using groundwater as a tool for transformation.
On the other hand, resilience of groundwater to climate change, drought, anthropogenic activities, global pandemics, etc. can be achieved if all levels of governance can co-operate in ensuring integrated management of the resource and related information, proper development procedures, monitoring and protection; with the main focus on local municipalities. Moreover, groundwater-related policy and governance decisions should be informed by scientific research outcomes. This will promote the development of sound strategies from a groundwater perspective; and thus resulting in groundwater visibility. Hence, this all-encompassing theme was proposed. Majola. Van Wyk. Vermaak

Theme 1: RESEARCH
Theme 2: INNOVATION
Theme 3: DEVELOPMENT
Theme 4: MANAGEMENT
Theme 5: PROTECTION

GWD theme

Speakers

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David Kreamer

Professor of Geoscience

David Kreamer, Ph.D. is a Professor of Geoscience, and past Director of the interdisciplinary Water Resources Management Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Everton de Oliviera

HIDROPLAN Hydrogeology and Environmental Planning

Entrepreneur and environmental consultant, founding partner of HIDROPLAN, specializing in water contamination of the underground environment.

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Colin Rice

Colin Rice established Colin Rice Exploration and Training in September 2009 with the purpose of offering consulting and training services to the exploration drilling industry.

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Neno Kukuric

Director

Dr Neno Kukurić is a hydrogeologist with about 30 years of experience gained worldwide, working as a field hydrogeologist, consultant, scientific researcher and project manager. 
His professional interest is international water cooperation and application of informed management, encompassing technical, socio-economical, institutional and political aspects of water-related issues.

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James Sauramba

Executive Director at SADC Groundwater Management Institute

Nearly 30 years high profile working experience across the SADC region backed by a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA in General Management. Lived and worked in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi and Ireland and worked with all the 16 SADC Member States.

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Jørgen Erik Larsen

Counsellor Water Environment, Energy, Research and Innovation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

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Jan Kürstein

Senior Consultant, Hydrogeologist at Ramboll

I have a background in geology and hydrogeology with more than 20 years of experience.
I have experience from both public authorities, the consulting and supply industry.

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Jens Aamand

Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland · Department of Geochemistry PhD

Microbial degradation of organic contaminants

Event Schedule

The Conference received a number of excellent Abstract submissions from the profession.
Oral and Poster presenters have now been scheduled in a *DRAFT PROGRAMME* and based on their acceptance/ availability, would formally be slotted in a formal Programme.

REFER ALSO TO THE LIST OF ACCEPTED PRESENTERS AS POSTED AS A NEWS ITEM BELOW: "Exciting line-up for the upcoming GWD Conference 2021"

Day 1

08:00 am - 08:30 am
Registration/ Housekeeping
08:30 am - 09:00 am
Opening
09:00 am - 10:00 am
Keynote and Guest Speakers
10:30 am - 12:10 pm
Parallel Sessions:
Session 1: Resilience (Moraka, Aamand, van Staden, Kürstein, Malima)
Session 2: Visibility (Goldin, Viljoen, Malefane, Enslin, Lazarus)
01:10 pm - 03:10 pm
Parallel Sessions:
Session 3: Research (Stenzl, de Bruin, Lasher-Scheepers, Maphumulo, Ntshangase, Holloway)
Session 4: Workshop on Groundwater Mapping & Assessment
03:30 pm - 04:30 pm
Parallel Sessions:
Session 5: Innovation (Clifford, Kalule, Puronpää-Schäfer)
Session 6: Management (Andries, Barrow, Pietersen)
04:30 pm - 05:30 pm
GWD AGM (Hybrid event)
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Conference Cocktail & Networking
(Hybrid event)

Day 2

08:00 am - 08:30 am
Registration/ Housekeeping
08:30 am - 09:00 am
Guest Speaker
09:00 am - 10:00 am
Professional Matters (SACNASP, CPD and COP)
10:30 am - 12:10 pm
Parallel Sessions:
Session 7: Research (van Wyk, Wilke, Johnson, Majola)
Session 8: Resilience (Vicente, Hohne, Gaffoor, Veltman, Hohne 2)
01:10 pm - 03:10 pm
Parallel Sessions:
Session 9: Management ( Bosman, Dustay, Esterhuyse, Holland, Parsons, Van Rooyen)
Session 10: Workshop on Groundwater Awareness (De Oliviera, Mbatha)
03:30 pm - 04:10 pm
Session 11: Mentorship
06:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Conference Dinner (Hybrid event)

Day 3

08:00 am - 08:30 am
Registration/ Housekeeping
08:30 am - 10:10 am
Parallel Sessions:
Session 13: Resilience (Singh, Benjamin, Parker, Parsons, Meier)
Session 14: Management (Momoh, Murray K, Lalume, Naicker, Nzama)
10:40 am - 12:00 pm
Parallel Sessions:
Session 15: Resilience (Thomlinson, Murray K, Kenabatho)
Session 16: Research (Hohne, Goslin, Gibson)
01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Closing Ceremony

Event Contacts

Full name Responsibility Contact number Email address
Conference Consultancy South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Latoya Feumann | Registration Manager Online logistics: Registration +27 (0)12 349 2301 [email protected]
Mr Kwazikwakhe Majola GWD Gauteng Branch: Conference Chair 2021 +27 12 3367105 [email protected]
Dr Nicolette Vermaak Science Committee Chair: Science Programme +27 82 4478787 [email protected]
Mr Fanus Fourie GWD National Chair: Engagements (Sponsors/Donors/Advertising) +27 12 336 7303 [email protected]

Conference News

Groundwater Conference, Gauteng 17-20 October 2021

17 Oct 2021 08:00 - 20 Oct 2021 11:00
Pretoria, City of Tshwane. Gauteng
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