Wetskills-South Africa 2018

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Wetskills-South Africa 2018

June 16 - June 27

About The Event

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The Wetskills Foundation invites Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates to apply for the fourth Wetskills Water Challenge program in South Africa. This Wetskills edition will take you to the vibrant coastal city of Cape Town for two weeks, visiting interesting and relevant water-related as well as cultural sites. The finals and awarding session are organized at the Biannual WISA Conference.

Apply for this amazing Wetskills edition, Cape Town 2018, if you want to be inspired by Capetonian city vibe, the South-African culture and the always present view on Lion’s Head and the Table Mountains that drops precipitously into the glittering sea!  

We are looking for students and Young Professionals from universities and organisations from South Africa, The Netherlands and other nationalities who are passionate about water and excited to work in mixed teams for transdisciplinary water solutions. Apply for Wetskills South Africa 2018 (period: 15- 28 June 2018).

Application deadlines

Deadline for application and first selection: 1 April 2018 (only positions left for South African candidates)


Participation costs for international participants is 350 euros. The fee includes accommodation in Cape Town, programme costs, supervision, some social activities, field trips including transport, working locations, presentations by experts. It does not include transportation to Cape Town, local transport, daily meals and other daily costs. Registration to the WISA Conference (approx. 200 euros) is also excluded. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (like plane tickets and some local travel), meals during working days, other personal costs and registration for the WISA Conference Cape Town 2018.

Applications of South African students and Young Professionals will pass the Department of Water and Sanitation. DWS will provide the fees for 15 participants, therefore DWS will select the South-African participants.

Alumni participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).

More information

For more information about participating this event, contact Alisa Doornhof (alisa.doornhof@wetskills.com). For more information about Wetskills, contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com). 

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Registration deadlines

1 April 2018 (only positions left for South African candidates)

(15 Positions for South African candidates available via Department for Water & Sanitation, registration via Wetskills website.)

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The Wetskills organization is always looking for Case Owners, companies/organisations that formulate their case and support the Wetskills programmes worldwide. For more information: Leaflet Case Sponsors Wetskills-South Africa 2018 and contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

Case 1: Floods and droughts: keeping the public awareness after the crisis

Case owner: Water Authority Drents Overijsselse Delta

Water infrastructure as dams and dikes have long protected societies from too little or too much water. Citizens are however unaware of the means necessary to achieve water security. The exception are extreme events, when dams run empty of dikes fail, then people are aware. As extreme weather patterns intensify and societies have become more dependent on their water resources, it is critical to keep citizen awareness alive to reduce the impacts and consequences in case a flood or drought occurs.

Case 2: Transboundary basin management: the challenge of creating a win-win situation

Case owner: Department of Water Affairs Lesotho

Water is one of the most important natural resources of Lesotho. The unique geographic location positions Lesotho as the ‘Water Tower’ of Southern Africa. Its wetlands sustain the perennial water flow of a.o the Senqu-Orange river system, shared by three other riparian states: South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Unfortunately, the water system in Lesotho is threatened by degradation and climate change, and so are its downstream communities in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana – who are for their economic activities and water availability very much depending on quality water coming from Lesotho’s upstream part of catchments. Can you find ways for the downstream riparians to influence the situation in the upstream watershed, of which they are extremely dependent?

Case 3: The main asset for a healthy water sector

Case owner: AquaDactics (South Africa)

Capacity development is a main asset to get and remain a vital water sector. Continous investments in training is inevitable.

This case will handle capacity development and knowledge management in the South African water sector. More detailed information about the case will be provided later

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Case owner: Kingfisher programme

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June 16
June 27
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University of Cape Town
Rondebosch 7701
Cape Town, Western Province South Africa


Johan Oost
Rick Hogeboom
Alisa Doornhof
Graham van Niekerk