SA water use talks launch in August 2012
The venue of the first water dialogue is at Irene Country Lodge on 14 August and the first topic of discussion is ‘New opportunities for water-related jobs and asset creation’.
The SA Water Research Commission dialogues aim to initiate communication and collaboration among environmental managers and authorities specialising in water use and protection.
SA water dialogue 2012 launch programme
9:00 Welcome and background by Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, WRC
9:20 Welcome by Pius Chilonda, Head Southern Africa Regional Program, IWMI
9:30 Public employment: new opportunities for socially useful work, by Kate Phillip, Advisor to the Presidency on Short-Term Strategies for Employment Creation /Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
9:50 Global trends in community driven water development, by Barbara van Koppen, Southern Africa Regional Programme International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
10:00 Water asset creation in National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) of India, by Shilp Verma, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), India
11:00 Panel discussion on experiences in community work Programmes, led by Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, WRC. Panellists include Shilp Verma (IWMI, India), Sibusiso Mkhize (Seriti River Cleaning Programme), Arthur Ndlovu: Water works in CWP, Stanley Liphadzi (WRC – Working for Water experience), Valerie Naidoo (WRC – Green Village Concept), Kevin Wall (CSIR – Social Franchising)
12:00 Explore a basket of appropriate, labour intensive technologies and institutional approaches for holistic water services delivery, led by Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, WRC.
Dialogue is centered around topical water issues affecting the South African public and industry. Water dialogues are guided by principles of transparency, openness, honesty, plurality of perspectives, inclusivity, mutual respect, commitment to problem-solving, mutual accountability, and knowledge sharing.
The WRC as convenor is a neutral knowledge broker as South Africa’s water knowledge resource. Three types of dialogues are hosted in this series, outlined below.
Confidential Wat Indabas
Wat Indabas are closed facilitated sessions under Chatham House Rule, due to sensitivity of the subjects. The aim is to provide a protected space for knowledge sharing and to further understanding between stakeholders with unequal relationships, significant conceptual gaps, and some mistrust.
Wat Indabas span several sessions and involve progressive unpacking of key issues, with the outcome decided at the onset.
Participants must keep dicsussions confidential and use the information strategically in informing future research and policy decisions. Attendance is by invitation only.
Water Currents Policy sessions
The Water Currents Policy Series is a range of seminars with collaborating institutions, and a panel of experts invited. The series is outcome driven with opinion pieces, policy briefs, and other publications generated.
Public water sessions
Khuluma Sizwe series is an open lecture platform where high-profile speakers are invited to give talks on impactful water issues. These events will be widely broadcast and are open to the public.