Wetskills-South Africa 2022

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Wetskills-South Africa 2022

September 17 - September 30

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6th South African Wetskills Challenge!

We had another great event! An event for students and young professionals from South Africa, sub-Saharan region and beyond, who want to make a difference in the water sector, who like to experience working in an international team and experiencing the culture of South Africa, and who want to work on challenging water & sustainability issues! At the end of the program, we visited the WISA Conference, where all teams presented their ideas for an international jury panel and audience. Read on for blogs, cases, posters and more!

Wetskills Foundation and partners were organising Wetskills-South Africa 2022 (period: 17-30 September 2022), the sixth Wetskills edition in South Africa!

Previous events were in: Cape Town 2012, Nelspruit 2014, Durban 2016 and Cape Town 2018. A digital W@tskills edition was organized in 2021, due to corona pandemic. Read more about the great 2018 finals at the WISA Conference in Cape Town, in presence of Minister Gugile Nkwinti (Ministry of Water and Sanitation, South Africa) and Dutch Special Water Envoy Henk Ovink.

Participants of Wetskills-South Africa 2022

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Event Blogs

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  • Today was a busy day 

    By Lesedi Choshi & Kagiso Mogajane 26-09-22, Day 10: Pre presentations The deadlines are approaching, all the six teams were under pressure to finish their posters and present their pitch. In the ...

  • Our Saturday was jam-packed!

    Satherday 24 September 2022 By Wesley and Khethiwe  All the teams were hard at work with their cases. At 10 am we then had our Innovation Carousel. Everyone was placed in random groups, and we eventu...

  • Training and Fun

    By Mangaliso Dlamini from the Kingdom of Eswatini.   23 September 2022 The 7th day of the event started with a training on how to do a pitch, a poster and finally the participants were given an i...

  • Food for thought 

    Lindelwa and Yasmin   We woke up to the sun on our faces. The birds chirped beyond the confines of our rooms, and the sun pierced through the cracks of the curtains and lit the wood like a glowin...

  • Brain Hurricane day 

    By Mduduzi and Neliswa                                 After having team building activities for the first 3 days, today was the first working day. After being given our cases, we jott...

  • Teambuilding day 4 – Caves and heritage

    By Evelyn and Ayanda The day started with the usual breakfast a 2-hour one, that was held at the dining hall in Roodeplaat village. after we had an hour’s trip to Sterkfontein, to visit the Sterkfon...

  • A wild and adventurous day at the Harties

    by Sbusiso Khuboni (South Africa) & Odilia Scholvinck (The Netherlands) It’s the third day, everyone is now comfortable around each other. Friendships have been developed, excitement galore!.All...

  • Today was an exciting day… the official start of Wetskills!

    Wetskills South Africa blog 18 September 2022 By Babalwa and Hannes   But before we dive into our cases, ofcourse we’d like to get to know each other. This means: teambuilding activities!  ...

  • It’s the 17th of September 2022, The Arrival Day of the Wetskills Participants!!!

    2022 Wetskills South Africa (offline) By Zintle Pretty Mbeka (South Africa)   The excitement I had…I have been waiting for this day since the day I got the acceptance letter. I have always part...


Event Cases

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Case 1: Promoting synergy in the water, energy and food sectors

Case owner: Water Research Commission

The Water Research Commission (WRC) established the WEF Lighthouse for integrated research, planning and development in the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus, for South Africa and the Southern Africa region. Since 2012 the WRC R&D Branch has organized various activities under the banner of the WEF Lighthouse. The concept offers an opportunity for stakeholders, to promote cross-sectoral, systematic and integrated management of resources, and address synergies and trade-offs in the WEF nexus.

Case 2: Creating more benefits from Assessments

Case owner: Blue Deal Programme

Several assessments are performed to establish the performance of water and sanitation services, like the Green Drop and Blue Drop Assessments on the performance, compliance and efficiency of wastewater and water treatment works (WWTW’s and WTW’s), and the  Municipal Structural Self-Assessments (MuSSA). The Blue Deal South Africa Partnership aims to improve the performance of WWTW’s in several municipalities, and disseminate the lessons learnt to other municipalities. How can the Green Drop Assessments and MuSSA-Assessments be used for a model-based replication of the Blue Deal results?

Case 3: Empowering water professionals: the importance of training and lifelong learning

Case owner: World Water Academy

Municipalities are faced with many challenges of water supply, wastewater and urban water management.  Municipalities seem to rely more and more on administrators and finance managers, but water engineers and operators are of great importance when it comes to critical water and wastewater management and maintenance issues. How could lifelong learning and practical training of water professionals empower engineers, operators and managers to help improve SA’s water quality?

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

Case 4: How to diminish the impact of solid waste on water?

Case owner: Blue Deal Programme

Solid waste is becoming a growing problem, also for water. Dumping waste alongside rivers and streams deteriorates the water quality. When discharged into sewers, it clogs manholes and leads to overflow of the sewers. Especially in informal settlements, solid waste management becomes a huge task for local municipalities. Are there innovative ideas to persuade communities not to throw their trash ‘over the fence’? How could more environmental awareness within the communities be created and sustained?

Case 5: Indigenous Knowledge Systems to Respond to Water Vector Diseases

Case owner: Water Research Commission

Climate change is leading to changing weather patterns, which will most likely effect the occurrence and distribution of a number of water vector diseases. This might change non-endemic areas into endemic areas, and thereby putting communities at risk. How could medicinal plants and other indigenous knowledge systems in communities be used and stimulated, in order for communities to better adapt and cope with climate change and reduce their vulnerability to water vector diseases?

Case 6: Safe Stormwater Use for communities near Roodeplaat Dam

Case owner: Department of Water and Sanitation

Stormwater runoff is often lost into the water drainage system without being filtered, thereby polluting surface water resources with debris. Roodeplaat Dam is an example of such a water resource, currently polluted by debris from stormwater drainage from influent rivers. At the same time, water availability is a challenge in South Africa, and rainfall is more irregular by changing weather patterns. How could the Department of Water and Sanitation use the stormwater runoff as part of the current water system, without decreasing water quality of the dam, to increase water supply to communities?

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

The 2018 Programme

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The 2018 Finals & Awarding

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Event Partners

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September 17
September 30
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Sandton, Gauteng South Africa


Odwa Mtembu
Ioana Dobrescu
Peter de Jong
Karabo Mokoena
Phomolo Khonthu
Johan Oost