Groundwater Conference, Gauteng 17-20 October 2021
About this event
Message from the Conference Committee
It 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
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
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.
James SaurambaExecutive 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.
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"
Session 1: Resilience (Moraka, Aamand, van Staden, Kürstein, Malima)
Session 2: Visibility (Goldin, Viljoen, Malefane, Enslin, Lazarus)
Session 3: Research (Stenzl, de Bruin, Lasher-Scheepers, Maphumulo, Ntshangase, Holloway)
Session 4: Workshop on Groundwater Mapping & Assessment
Session 5: Innovation (Clifford, Kalule, Puronpää-Schäfer)
Session 6: Management (Andries, Barrow, Pietersen)
Session 7: Research (van Wyk, Wilke, Johnson, Majola)
Session 8: Resilience (Vicente, Hohne, Gaffoor, Veltman, Hohne 2)
Session 9: Management ( Bosman, Dustay, Esterhuyse, Holland, Parsons, Van Rooyen)
Session 10: Workshop on Groundwater Awareness (De Oliviera, Mbatha)
Session 13: Resilience (Singh, Benjamin, Parker, Parsons, Meier)
Session 14: Management (Momoh, Murray K, Lalume, Naicker, Nzama)
Session 15: Resilience (Thomlinson, Murray K, Kenabatho)
Session 16: Research (Hohne, Goslin, Gibson)
|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]|