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!

Are you a student or young professional from South Africa, sub-Saharan region and beyond, and do you want to make a difference in the water sector? Would you like to experience working in an international team and experiencing the culture of South Africa? Do you want to work on challenging water & sustainability issues? Are you interested to visit the WISA Conference and present your ideas for an international jury panel and audience? This is your chance! Wetskills Foundation and partners are organising the sixth Wetskills edition in South Africa!

Wetskills Foundation is inviting students (Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD) and Young Professionals from universities and organisations worldwide with a passion for Water, Climate and Sustainability, to join this intergenerational event and apply for Wetskills-South Africa 2022 (period: 17-30 September 2022). You can register by filling-in the online form (Botton at the right side).

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 finals at the WISA 2018 Conference in Cape Town in presence of Minister Gugile Nkwinti of Water and Sanitation of South Africa, and Dutch Special Water Envoy Henk Ovink.

South African Alumni about their Wetskills Experiences

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Deadline for registration: Last cal for International participants!

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Application (online) and first selection deadline for participants: Last call for International participants!

After this deadline, every week a selection of the new applications will be made untill the program is full. (First Come, First Served)

Who can apply?

Any Young Professional (up to 5 years of working experience) and student (last year Bachelor, Master or PhD) from South Africa, Sub-Saharan region, and other countries worldwide, with a passion for water & sustainability and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?

Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the botton on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

Selection criteria

The Wetskills organization will make a final selection among applications received, based on quality of motivation & resume. The organisation will also consider a good diversity of the whole group (incl. backgrounds, local/international, gender balance, etc.).


Department of Water and Sanitation will create some vouchers for South African participants to join this event. The selection for these vouchers will be made amongst the registrations received, after the deadline.

Participation fee for local and international participants is € 350,- (excl. VAT). This participation fee includes accommodation.

The Participation fee includes teambuilding activities, some lunches & dinners, field trips, workshop, supervision, trainings and working venues. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (plane tickets, local travel, etcetera), meals during working days and other personal costs.

Note: the participants are responsible to pay for their own WISA Conference fee (recent years Wetskills participants got a discount.)

Note: During past editions 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.).

Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!

  • You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
  • You will exclusively visit the Wetskills finals and awarding at the WISA Conference and Exhibition in Sandton;
  • You will visit Gauteng Province: water-related, natural and cultural sites, and meetings with water experts;
  • You will learn, network and experience more about international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
  • You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the programme.

More information

The 2018 programme

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The 2018 Finals & Awarding

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Event Cases

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Wetskills Foundation and partners would like to welcome businesses, governments, knowledge institutes and/or NGOs to formulate one of the Challenges and support the Wetskills programme in South Africa. Join us in this great next experience! For more information contact Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Case 1: Breaking the silos among the water, energy and food sectors

Case owner: Water Research Commission

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 2: 

Case owner: Blue Deal South Africa programme

More information will be provided in a later stage.

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

Case owner: World Water Academy

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 4: 

Case owner: Blue Deal South Africa programme

More information will be provided in a later stage.

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

Case owner: Water Research Commission

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 6 (reserve): 

Case owner: 

More information will be provided in a later stage.

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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