1st Nov 2019
Groundwater, the answer, only if managed properly

WHAT DO GROUNDWATER SCIENTISTS ACTUALLY DO? Opinion piece by Dr Matthys Dippenaar. Following the 16th conference of the Ground Water Division held in Port Elizabeth 21-23 October 2020, I’ve had some thoughts on this. I remember learning in high school about all the natural cycles. The water cycle was always a favourite as it made […]

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10th Sep 2019
Updated Conference Programme available

The GWD ConfEx2019 released the latest version Day Programme for its upcoming Conference in October. Download here (ver08Oct2019) An exciting addition is the Groudwater PUBLIC OPEN SESSION scheduled for Day 2 as a Side-event of the Conference. The Ground Water Division of South Africa and its Eastern Cape Branch invite businesses and private groundwater users […]

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29th Aug 2019
In memory of Dr Pannie Engelbrecht

Pannie hailed from Namaqualand and initially joined the police force before switching to medical technology. He joined the CSIR some 40 years ago and started research on the application of sewage sludge to land and quantified the risks of bacterial and heavy metal contamination of vegetables. His research greatly assisted the Department of Health to […]

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26th Aug 2019
Exco 2020/2021 Nominations to close soon

REMEMBER final nominations for EXCO 2020/21 will now close on the 31 August 2019. CLICK HERE TONOMINATE YOUR 2020/21 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE All paid-up members are eligible to nominate a candidate(s) of your choice. Not sure who is in your Branch or need a reminder?Please email us to receive the latest GWD Member Rolls 2018/2019. Not sure […]

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1st Aug 2019
Conference Papers to be published in a Scientific Journal

A special issue of the The Journal of African Earth Sciences titled "Groundwater: Data, Disaster and Dependency" has been approved! The Journal of African Earth Sciences sees itself as the prime geological journal for all aspects of the Earth Sciences about the African plate. Papers dealing with peripheral areas are welcome if they demonstrate a […]

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11th Jun 2019
A Strong Case for Diversification by Dr Shafick Adams

Full articleSource water supply planning and development must be diversified to mitigate against water scarcity — a serious threat to South Africa’s water security. I bet that almost all policy and decision-makers have a direct or indirect investment portfolio. Most investment portfolios are diversified across a variety of stocks and bonds to minimise risk, to […]

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27th May 2019
Farewell to GWD Honorary Member Prof Frank Hodgson (1943-2019)

In memory of an Industry giant: A grand master of his trade and much loved and respected leader within the Ground Water Sector. It was with great sadness that the GWD learned of the passing of one of its Honorary members, Prof. Frank Hodgson. Prof Hodgson was awarded the Ground Water Division of the Geological […]

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16th Apr 2019
Sit down and write: many hydrogeologists’ achilles heel

So what happens with all the groundwater knowledge in South Africa? I’m not talking about speculation, gut-feeling or divine interventions; I’m talking proven methodology and verifiable data. Since there is no doubt that consulting firms, the (permanently understaffed) DWS and the tertiary institutions are flocked with hydrogeologial projects, there should be an enormous amount of […]

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26th Mar 2019
Groundwater Conference Calling for Abstracts!

GWD Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts The roles of the groundwater resource and the groundwater professional are highlighted at the 16th Ground Water Division Conference and Exhibition to be held in Port Elizabeth 20-23 October 2019.  The event is organised by the Eastern Cape Branch with assistance of the national executive committee and promises to […]

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18th Feb 2019
MAR Workshop: Early-Bird Registration closes 20 February 2019

Reminder that early bird registration for the Managed Aquifer Recharge Workshop in Stellenbosch closes soon. Please book seats (and make payment) before the 20th of Feb to get reduced rates. Visit for more information. 

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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

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