Welcome from conference chairman
Invited keynote: 5 – 10 year Industry
opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa Panel discussion: - Opening the taps - A risk / reward analysis when
assessing long term opportunities for the pumps, valves and piping value chain Break
Technical sessions: - Pump station improves port
drainage - Comprehensive approach on
materials specification - An update on castings
specifications - Pump switch frequency control - Large diameter flow meters speaks volumes
Day Two - 18 may 2017
Invited keynote: Critical project pipeline,
municipal infrastructure up-grades and development projects across South Africa Panel discussions: The role that sector
designation should be playing in unlocking industry development and economic
value Break Technical sessions: - New generation of automatic
recirculation check valves - High machineability of
stainless steel and hollow bars to improve productivity - Advanced materials in piping
infrastructure - Leak detection Welding
Day three - 19 may 2017
three-year drought has focused attention on supply across southern Africa and today’s
conference will focus on preparing for the future. From ensuring sufficient
supplies to grow food, to meeting the needs of industry, right through to supplying
“We live in a dry region and there is no
changing that. It is up to governments at all levels to come together and
conserve this precious resource.
“This starts with improved management of existing
resources, to ensure the efficiency of existing distribution networks, but must
also include understanding the very latest technology and being able to learn
from other countries, who have recognised that water security is the number one
“At regional and government level, policies
must be agreed with a support network to ensure growth and employment
opportunities are not lost where they are needed most. And those policies must
– as we shall see today – be integrated with food and energy policy.
in South Africa 77 per cent of the country’s water comes from surface water
rivers, 14 per cent comes from return water from treatment plants and nine per cent
comes from ground water. ”
WHY CORDINATED POLICY IS VITAL
Planning for the future
2015 and 2016 acted as a
wake-up call for the whole region. How can we ensure it is not repeated?
Why regions must work together
South Africa can meet its
water requirements but a nationwide co-ordinated plan for the future is vital
to ensure water security.
Why it is essential that future
water planning is co-ordinated with energy and food policies.
Currently they are often
decided independently, by different departments, and that leads to waste as programmes operate independently rather than together. Called the Nexus approach (see below)
What plans are already in the
pipeline and where will the money come from? What are the three most urgent
needs to address?
WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?
Should the end users – industry
and households - have to bear some of the cost?
Why investment today, will reap
international investment rewards
WHO OWNS THE BORE HOLE?
Changing the public attitude to
Supply has been good in
South Africa and people have gotten used to watering their garden and washing
their cars with drinking water.
Industry too and farmers see
the underground supply on their land as ‘their’ property. But groundwater, like
rivers have wide ranging effects.
In the UK no one can take
groundwater without a permit. No one can collect large quantities of rainwater without a permit.
Does the South African government need to get tough?
TECHNOLOGY IN WATER
A look at some of the technology available in the ‘Smart water’
How other countries value
their scarce resource (recycling, established treatment plants)
Is this the answer to southern
Africa’s soaring water needs?
Explanation of KwaZulu-Natal’s
introduction of desalination plants to meet help meet demand in one of the
Is it worth the cost? Can
southern Africa afford it?
What lessons can be learned
from the Middle East – the UAE for example, where all water comes from
desalination? (Or Jordan and the Nexus approach?)