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17 Oct 2021 08:00 - 20 Oct 2021 11:00
Pretoria, City of Tshwane. Gauteng
Conference
  • Groundwater
  • Water security
  • Food security
  • Climate change
  • Drought
  • Research
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Monitoring
  • Protection
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!
07 Sep 2021 08:00 - 28 Sep 2021 16:00
Online Event
Training course
  • Drilling
  • Exploration
The course is a combination of online, self-directed learning and virtual contact sessions.
17 Aug 2021 08:00 - 19 Aug 2021 17:00
Stellenbosch, Pretoria
Training course
  • Training course
  • Water governance
Considering that our current Level of COVID-19 Regulations are still in force until 15 February, and that the new strain of the coronavirus is especially virulent, we unfortunately have to postpone our Courses scheduled for 9 – 11 February (in Pretoria) and for 9 – 11 March (near Stellenbosch) to the second half of the year. We are doing our best to comply with the government’s decision to limit gatherings for extended periods of time, and we remain committed to safeguarding the health and safety of all our delegates.
11 Aug 2021 15:00 - 11 Aug 2021 17:00
Webinar
  • Mining
  • dewatering
Attend this Free TDI Training Webinar. Tdi is a partner organisation of the GWD and we welcome membership to support their events.
11 Aug 2021 13:00 - 11 Aug 2021 14:00
Webinar
  • career
  • hydrogeologist
This webinar series introduces practical aspects of these careers in the geoscience industry.
04 Aug 2021 10:00 - 04 Aug 2021 12:00
Webinar
  • agriculture, new knowledge, innovation, WRC
This webinar seeks to initiate a conversation on the synthesis of existing knowledge, case studies and best practices related to agricultural water use and water productivity from the global South and other key global regions.
28 Jul 2021 14:30 - 28 Jul 2021 15:30
Webinar
  • Management
  • strategy
  • transboundary
  • social impacts
This Talk is organised by the Young Professional Committee, GWConfEx2021. The featured speakers will address the importance and challenges associated with good Groundwater Management practices. Not to be missed!
12 Jul 2021 15:00 - 12 Jul 2021 16:30
Online Event
Training course
  • dewatering
A free training session presented by Sika S.A.U.
07 Jul 2021 00:16 - 07 Jul 2021 00:17
Online Event
Training course
  • dewatering
  • aquifer hydrology
Read more on this webinar series by leading US dewatering company and TDI founding member, Griffin Dewatering. For more information on this series, starting on 7 July, read below.
24 Jun 2021 17:00 - 24 Jun 2021 21:00
Stellenbosch University - Geology Department
Conference
  • Hydrogeology
  • Presentation
  • Groundwater
All Masters and PhD students currently studying hydrogeology and associated topics are invited to present their work either as an 8 minute oral presentation or a full poster presentation (with a 3 minute lightning overview of their posters).
24 Jun 2021 14:30 - 24 Jun 2021 15:30
Zoom
Webinar
  • geochemistry
This event is to be facilitated by the GWD Northern Branch chair Prof Ingrid Dennis.

Prof CC Bezuidenhout from the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, North-West University will explore some of the results from studies in the Karoo and Eastern Cape and will also focus on the quality of groundwater from the North West Province.
10 Jun 2021 14:30 - 10 Jun 2021 15:30
Zoom
Webinar
  • Rainfall
  • Isotopes
This study is about the assessment of the isotope signature of rainfall events between November 2016 and October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Additionally, the study uses the Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory model (HYSPLIT) to assess the moisture sources and trajectories for rainfall events of extreme isotopic signatures.
04 Mar 2021 14:30 - 04 Mar 2021 15:30
Zoom
Webinar
  • big data
  • dolomites
  • transboundary
Following the Talk by Helen Seyler, hosted by the Western Cape Branch on 28 January 2021, Zaheed will further extrapolate on the research into the applicability of machine learning for the forward prediction of groundwater levels and flow regime using results from the dolomite aquifers in South Africa.
04 Mar 2021 14:30 - 04 Mar 2021 15:30
Webinar
  • Groundwater
Localizing regional-scale groundwater big data using machine learning: A case study of the Ramotswa/NW/Gauteng Dolomites
10 Feb 2021 06:00 - 10 Feb 2021 07:00
University of Stellenbosch campus, Stellenbosch, South Africa
No link
Webinar
  • Groundwater
FEFLOW is widely recognised as a comprehensive software package for subsurface flow and transport simulation. FEFLOW’s unique meshing capabilities (structured and unstructured) allows for the highest degree of flexibility to account in detail for the most simple to complex geometrical configurations. The software is used by leading research institutes, universities, consulting firms and government organisations all over the world.
09 Feb 2021 08:00 - 02 Mar 2021 09:00
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Training course
  • Training course
  • Drilling
This course, provided by Colin Rice, will provide newly qualified geologists that have had little or no exposure to drilling operations, with a fundamental understanding of selected aspects of a drilling operation.
04 Feb 2021 15:00 - 04 Feb 2021 16:00
REGISTRATION CLOSED
Webinar
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Soil
The Vadose Zone in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology - Research by UP Geology Join us for a FREE one-hour series of talks on recent research on unsaturated hydraulics and the role of the vadose or unsaturated zone in engineering geology and hydrogeology. The Department of Geology has for the past decade focused on how the soil and rock between land surface and the phreatic or saturated zone behave with respect to highly variable moisture contents. We contributed to knowledge on variably saturated flow through soil, rock defects, karst, and the interfaces between these media.
04 Feb 2021 09:00 - 04 Feb 2021 13:00
Department of Geology, University of Pretoria
Workshop
  • Groundwater
  • Water
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Hydrogeology
The vadose zone stretches from the land surface to the groundwater table, where moisture in intergranular pore space and rock defects occurs at variable water saturation and at negative pore-water pressures.
28 Jan 2021 14:30 - 28 Jan 2021 18:00
Webinar
  • Machine learning
  • Groundwater
  • Simulations
About the Talk: Fundamental to the definition of groundwater availability and the management of any aquifer is an understanding of the changes in groundwater levels and storage, recharge, and groundwater discharge to surface water, when the aquifer is pumped. This understanding forms the foundation for the determination of limits of future abstraction and thresholds of unacceptable impact, and provides a tool against which to compare future datasets and make groundwater management decisions.
28 Jan 2021 14:30 - 28 Feb 2021 15:30
No link
Webinar
  • Groundwater
Fundamental to the definition of groundwater availability and the management of any aquifer is an understanding of the changes in groundwater levels and storage, recharge, and groundwater discharge to surface water when the aquifer is pumped. This understanding forms the foundation for the determination of limits of future abstraction and thresholds of unacceptable impact and provides a tool against which to compare future datasets and make groundwater management decisions.
11 Jan 2021 08:30 - 13 Jan 2021 15:00
The Boardwalk Hotel, Convention Centre & Spa, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Conference
  • Archeology
  • Hydrology
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07 Dec 2020 00:00 - 11 Dec 2020 00:00
Sandton Convention Centre
No link
Webinar
  • online
  • Covid-19
  • Pandemic
One thing that we all know about water is that it always finds a way to get over, under, or through any obstacle that may stand in its way. It is no surprise then, that when we realized that the South African government proclamation against gatherings of more than 100 people meant that our meeting in June would have to be canceled, our amazing team of organizers put the #AllHandsOnDeck mindset into action. The result is that WISA2020 is definitely going ahead with the same excellent sessions and – pending confirmation – the same excellent speakers. And with the extra time we have, we will be able to make sure that our conference is bigger and better than ever before.
24 Nov 2020 08:00 - 26 Nov 2020 17:00
https://conference.sadc-gmi.org/3rd-sadc-groundwater-conference/
Conference
  • Food security
  • Groundwater
  • Farmers
THEME: Enhancing Water and Food Security through Sustainable Groundwater Development in the SADC Region. Online Conference: 24-26 November 2020 BACKGROUND Parts of Sub Saharan Africa makes little use of its groundwater resources, which contributes only 1% of total renewable water resource withdrawals for agriculture. Projected and continuing changes to the amount, intensity and predictability of rainfall in much of Southern Africa will lead to changes in the way the region views its groundwater resources. Increasing water scarcity will be particularly difficult for smallholder farmers who produce 90% of Africa’s food who haven not access to central water supply infrastructure. Currently,
24 Nov 2020 08:00 - 26 Nov 2020 15:30
Windhoek,Namibia
Conference
  • Groundwater
  • Water
  • Ecosystems
  • Hydrogeology
Parts of Sub Saharan Africa makes little use of its groundwater resources, which contributes only 1% of total renewable water resource withdrawals for agriculture. Projected and continuing changes to the amount, intensity and predictability of rainfall in much of Southern Africa will lead to changes in the way the region views its groundwater resources.
11 Nov 2020 00:00 - 13 Nov 2020 00:00
Stellenbosch University
Workshop
  • Borehole
  • Drilling
  • Monitoring
  • Pumping
  • Groundwater
Being in South Africa we have all be exposed to the pressures associated with drought. In drought situations, we see how it becomes mayhem with numerous short-cuts being taking, incorrect methodologies being implemented and over-inflated prices and opinions being applied and pronounced in the drought regions. As water supply engineers, hydrogeologists and scientists, we all need to learn from one another and adhere to some form of standards in the areas of borehole drilling, pumping tests, and monitoring.
06 Nov 2020 14:00 - 06 Nov 2020 18:00
Zoom
Webinar
Natural attenuation of acid mine drainage by various rocks in a typical Karoo coalfield: case study of the Witbank, Ermelo and Highveld coalfields, South Africa Sakala1,2, F. Fourie2, M. Gomo2 and G. Madzivire1,3 Council for Geoscience, Pretoria, South Africa Institute for Groundwater Studies, University of the Free State The University of South Africa, Department of Environmental Science, 28 Pioneer Avenue, Florida Park, Roodepoort, 1709, South Africa ABSTRACT In the Karoo coalfields, mining operations which release acid mine drainage (AMD) are threatening groundwater resources. An important parameter controlling the extent and severity of AMD impacts is the natural attenuation of rocks
06 Nov 2020 14:00 - 06 Nov 2020 15:00
Clossed
Webinar
  • Mining
  • AMD
  • Coalfields
  • Waste
In the Karoo coalfields, mining operations that release acid mine drainage (AMD) are threatening groundwater resources. An important parameter controlling the extent and severity of AMD impacts is the natural attenuation of rocks in response to introduced of AMD. Very little is known about such responses for Karoo rocks in saturated and unsaturated conditions, a research gap filled by this paper. Laboratory column leach experiments were used to study the responses of different rock types from Witbank, Ermelo and Highveld coalfields of South Africa. .
29 Oct 2020 16:00 - 29 Oct 2020 18:00
Clossed
Webinar
  • Climate
  • Water mass
  • Water storage
  • Hydrogeological
Presentation 1: Analyses of Groundwater Storage Change in the Usutu-Mhlatuze Drainage Region using GRACE Satellite Data TALK ABSTRACT: The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite data interpretation provides an integrated measure of monthly terrestrial water mass changes. The GRACE satellite data has been successfully used to estimate the monthly changes of terrestrial water storage (TWS) including groundwater storage changes. This presentation will provide an overview and application of the GRACE satellite product to
08 Oct 2020 14:00 - 08 Oct 2020 16:00
Webinar
The influence of groundwater abstraction on surface water levels, Victor Ntsako (GSSA)
02 Oct 2020 14:00 - 02 Oct 2020 16:00
No link
Webinar
  • Groundwater
  • Water quality
  • Drilling
  • Geology
  • Geohydrology
Science is a living document; it grows and expands as more information becomes available and our knowledge grows. It makes use of hypothesis, experiments, observations, and measurements. Groundwater scientists have a difficult task. They work in a system that is not visible, and they cannot take it into a laboratory to study. They use geophysical methods and drill boreholes to get an idea of the groundwater system that they are studying.
11 Sep 2020 14:00 - 11 Sep 2020 15:00
Webinar
  • Water treatment
  • Plants
  • Water supply
Small water treatment plants are defined as water treatment systems that have to be installed in areas which are not adequately serviced and do not normally fall within the confines of urban areas. They are therefore mostly used in rural and peri-urban areas and include chlorination plants for water supplies from boreholes and springs, small treatment systems for rural communities, treatment plants of small municipalities and treatment plants for establishments such as rural hospitals, schools, clinics, forestry stations, etc.
27 Aug 2020 14:00 - 27 Aug 2020 16:00
No link
Webinar
  • Climate change
  • Groundwater
TALK ABSTRACT  It’s commonly accepted that climate change will be experienced though water, particularly in developing countries. Several studies relating to the impacts of climate change on surface water have been undertaken while very little research exists on the potential impacts on groundwater.
21 Aug 2020 07:30 - 21 Aug 2020 15:45
Webinar
  • Drillhole targeting
  • Infrastructure
  • Geohydrological
  • 3D models
Recent trends in mining and exploration are set to further accelerate the demand and growth of 3D geological modelling software. These trends include the inevitable increase in cost per ton of resource and global economic slowdowns. These require companies to constantly cost-cut during extraction and to improve resource delineation. Add to this the trend that new discoveries are deeper and in more structurally-complex setting, and it’s apparent that a great deal of attention needs to be focused on getting the geometry of a deposit, as early as possible in the exploration and mining value chain, correct.
14 Aug 2020 14:30 - 14 Aug 2020 16:30
Webinar
  • Climate
  • Water storage
  • Groundwater
  • Groundwater storage
Alongside the effects of climate change and anthropogenic factors, natural climate cycles have considerable impacts on the hydrologic cycle. In this study, we look at how global climatic oscillations cycles, like El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) affect total water storage and groundwater storage in the Orange-Senqu River Basin by analysing two large aquifers: the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System (STAS) shared between Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and the Karoo Sedimentary Aquifer shared between Lesotho and South Africa.
31 Jul 2020 14:00 - 31 Jul 2020 17:00
Zoom link
Webinar
  • Groundwater
  • Borehole
Public domain borehole information in South Africa is generally stored in the National Groundwater Archive (NGA) and the Groundwater Resources Information Project (GRIP) databases of which both are centralized databases. The GRIP database is updated by the Department of Water and Sanitation, but only covers one of the nine provinces. The NGA on the other hand covers the entire country, however, there is a backlog of borehole information that needs to be captured, and it has limited time-series data.
23 Jul 2020 15:30 - 23 Jul 2020 17:00
Zoom link
Webinar
  • Groundwater
  • Water use
  • Borehole
Groundwater is not private property, and the use of groundwater requires a water use license or a general authorization. This is imperative for most environmental impact assessments, requiring even ongoing monitoring for the foreseeable future.
13 Jul 2020 07:30 - 16 Jul 2020 17:00
Workshop
  • Groundwater
  • Postgraduates
  • professionals
The Groundwater Division and its partners are presenting a groundwater field school for postgraduate students and industry professionals. The four-day field school aims to cover appropriate field methods by Introducing or refreshing appropriate basic theory Exposing attendees to the actual field methods in real field conditions Analysing and interpreting field results based on appropriate guidelines, standards, laws, and requirements The field school comprise four modules and attendance can be p/day, p/theme or for the full package: Day 1: Investigation and Siting (hydrogeology and hydrostratigraphy; siting of
02 Jul 2020 15:30 - 02 Jul 2020 17:30
Zoom link
Webinar
  • Environment
  • Ecosystems
  • Safety
Investigation for cemetery sites requires the detection i. of a wide range of different contaminant groups, ii. at typically very low concentrations (if present), iii. as well as natural and geological impacts on the proposed developments; and iv. with important safety and human and ecosystem health effects if undetected. The issues of internment and how we deal with the deceased in general transect disciplines of natural science, engineering, and social science. Given the sensitive nature of internment and the established notions of acceptable practice at an individual and personal level, assessment
01 Jul 2020 12:00 - 01 Jul 2020 13:00
Webinar
Extractive Remedial Technologies Design and Pilot Testing (MPE, DPE, SVE, P&T)
The webinar is free of charge. Feel free to share the invitation with colleagues and other applicable networks. Please note that the link to the Webinar will be circulated on 30 June.
29 Jun 2020 00:00
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Conference
  • Hydrogeology
  • Groundwater
  • Irrigation
Herewith notifying members that GeoCongress 2020 is happening at Stellenbosch University this year (see links from the GSSA below) and that there will be a groundwater session titled "Advances in Southern African Hydrogeology".
19 Jun 2020 14:30 - 19 Jun 2020 15:30
Webinar
  • Microplastics
  • Stormwater
  • Greywater
Microplastics are tiny particles (smaller than 5mm) found in the environment. They are synthetic polymers and are either produced in its microform to be utilized in personal care products and detergents or disintegrated from larger plastics or synthetic materials (e.g. recycled polyethylene terephthalate items), respectively known as primary or secondary microplastics.
29 May 2020 14:00 - 29 May 2020 15:00
Webinar
  • Geophysics
  • Groundwater
Fieldwork & the focus on geophysics AT Receiver - Pseudo-Science or a method worth investigating. The Audio Magnetotelluric (AMT) signal is generally in the range of 1Hz - 20 kHz with its origin as spherics created by thunderstorms, magnetospheric noise, seismic events, etc. Historical AMT monitors up to five channels at each station, namely Ex Ey Hx Hy Hz. The EM field is a plane wave perpendicular to the ground surface, away from the field source.
29 May 2020 08:30 - 29 May 2020 12:30
Online
Webinar
The GSSA are hosting a 2020 Bushveld PGE Workshop to be held in Mpumalanga.
22 Apr 2020 13:00 - 22 Apr 2020 17:00
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
Symposium
  • Groundwater
  • Geohydrology
The Central Branch members are invited to meet and listen to current groundwater research discussions and network with geohydrologists in central South Africa.
16 Mar 2020 13:30 - 16 Mar 2020 16:00
Water Research Commission Offices, Lynnwood Bridge Office Park
Symposium
  • Groundwater
This event was canceled in light of Covid-19 health safety precautions.

Groundwater plays a pivotal role in ensuring water security in South Africa. It supplies approximately 13% of the total water supply but often provides up to 100% of the water supply to some areas. It is thus a resource of strategic importance. However, its development and management do not reflect this importance. The development of the resource is left at the mercy of municipal procurement and poor operation and maintenance.
24 Jan 2020 00:00 - 26 Jan 2020 00:00
Johannesburg, South Africa
Training course
  • Borehole
Borehole Sustainable Yield Test for Water Supply Training: from THEORY TO PRACTICAL: The closing date for registration has been extended to 24 January 2020 SADC- GMI is offering a Borehole Sustainable Yield Test for Water Supply Training
03 Dec 2019 16:30 - 03 Dec 2019 19:00
Protea Hotel Fire and Ice Menlyn
Conference
  • Function
You are herewith cordially invited to attend the GWD Year-End function that will follow shortly after the GWD outgoing 2018/19 ExCo meeting with the Newly Elected 2020/21 Committee that will take place at the same venue @ Protea Hotel Fire and Ice Menlyn on Tuesday, 3 December from 16:30.
14 Nov 2019 07:30 - 15 Nov 2019 16:40
Glenhoven Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Conference
  • Geology
  • Machine learning
  • Mining
The 2019 African Exploration Showcase will focus on the metals and minerals critical to the technologies for a low carbon energy future: technology enabling commodities that are commonly referred to as“Critical Metals”.“Critical Metals” is not accurate in that commodities in this basket are not always metals (e.g. graphite); and ambiguous in that “critical” can refer to the significance of the commodity to a technology (i.e.the technology would not be viable without the commodity) as well as the security of supply of the commodity which is influenced by factors that change with time and locality. We prefer to use the term “Technology Commodities”.
31 Oct 2019 08:00 - 31 Oct 2019 10:00
Conference
  • Groundwater
  • Geology
  • Hydrogeology
Groundwater is used widely throughout the African continent, with millions of people being dependent on the availability of sufficient quantities of groundwater of acceptable quality. However, as was evident with the recent drought, as well as numerous other extreme events and hydrometeorological disasters such as flooding, topsoil erosion, surface water quality deterioration, and crop failure, groundwater often only provides immediate relief during disaster rather than being the primary source of potable water.
20 Oct 2019 08:00 - 23 Oct 2019 17:00
Boardwalk International Convention Centre, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Conference
  • Groundwater
  • Rainfall
  • Water
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 an emphasis on groundwater.

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