Groundwater Conference, Gauteng 17-20 October 2021

17th GWD Groundwater Conference & Exhibition
Pretoria Tshwane, Gauteng, South Africa

The Ground Water Division of South Africa and its Gauteng Branch invite businesses, universities, municipalities, water authorities and the private groundwater users to join us in discussing and addressing these critical issues. Come and share your knowledge, your products, and your experience; or come and gain vital exposure and knowledge that you can take back to your clients or your business partners to be more water prepared!

Message from the Conference Chair

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 restricitions 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 lockdown 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 Kwazi Majola

Background to the Conference

The UN-Water selected Theme for World Water Day 2022 is “Groundwater: making the invisible visible” – as proposed by International Groundwater Resource Assessment Centre.  AMCOW’s Pan-Africa Groundwater Program is geared towards building resilient groundwater resources of Africa. SADC, through SADC-GMI continuously promotes sustainable groundwater development, that way ensuring water and food security for the Region. The UN endeavors to ‘leave no one behind’ in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The current National Chair of the GWD-GSSA summarised his vision for the two-year duration to “putting groundwater in the media with the correct facts, the success stories of groundwater development and management.” Such facts are based on hydrogeology (and related) research and not research from skewed perspectives.

The integral message from all this is that groundwater should be afforded adequate management through proper development and protection in order to achieve the desired state of resilience. In keeping with these themes stemming from a common vision for groundwater resource sustainability, the following Theme for GWD Groundwater Conference & Exhibition 2021 is proposed;


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.

Call for Abstracts

You are invited to submit abstracts within the following categories that link to the Theme of the Conference for this year: GROUNDWATER RESILIENCE & VISIBILITY. Please indicate under which category(ies) you think your abstract would fit best, as well as whether it will be an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Please note that the Scientific Committee would decide on the final form of the presentation according to the availability of slots in the programme. We would like to use these major themes and select papers for publication as a “Special Journal Issue” locally to increase the visibility of groundwater in South Africa and to show case the excellent work that groundwater scientists are doing.






































We invite original research abstracts to this conference. Fitting into the broad theme, all contributions are welcome, provided that it adequately employs the scientific method to contribute to problems fundamentally based in the hydrogeological profession while advancing scientific knowledge, promoting diligence and mitigation, advancing public involvement and awareness, and informing legislation and governance. Case studies and “lessons learnt” submissions are welcome, provided that it is scientifically sound.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words (excluding title and authors) and should clearly indicate whether submission is for oral or poster presentation. Authors acknowledge that abstracts will be submitted for peer review, that extended abstracts may be submitted on approval, and that a presenting author will be required to attend the conference prior to finalising of acceptance.

Abstracts are submitted online and submission closes on  30 April 2021.


Please add the Presenter/ Corresponding Author details here
Please add the Co-Author (where applicable)
Please add the Co-Author (where applicable)
Abstracts should please not exceed 300 words
should not exceed 300 words
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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