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The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) will be organising and hosting a two-day interdisciplinary colloquium on water security, to be held on the 25th and 26th of June 2014 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban...

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) will be organising and hosting a two-day interdisciplinary colloquium on water security, to be held on the 25th and 26th of June 2014 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban.

SAYAS co-chair, Dr Patience Mthunzi, says it is important for young researchers to play a role in finding solutions to national problems such as water security, which is currently deemed a ‘hot topic’ in the country. “In some South African regions, water is a huge concern,” notes Patience. “And this is a disturbing fact as water is life.” The recently (March 2014) launched South African Human Rights Commission Report on Access to Water and Sanitation, highlights the critical need to refocus regulatory attention on these crucial issues.

The colloquium is designed to specifically address the following themes:

  • Public expectations and municipal obligations regarding water quality
  • Water reuse – health and infrastructural considerations
  • Water security and governance – challenges and advances

Each of the thematic sessions will be facilitated by an expert in the field, including Prof. Thor Axel StenstrÖm, the SARChI Chair in water and wastewater technology. Dr Sershen Naidoo, SAYAS co-chair and water colloquium project leader says, “SAYAS aims to involve students, academics, civil society representatives, municipal managers and politicians in the colloquium”. SAYAS has tailored the event to generate a consensus statement on issues related to Water Security in South Africa and this document, to be generated with the help of expert rapporteurs, will inform policy and practice based on best available evidence. The consensus statement will be shared with government (local, provincial and national), civil society and academics across the country and in the Southern African region with the help of the Academy of Science for South Africa.

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) was launched in Pretoria, South Africa in September 2011 by Minister Derek Hanekom and twenty leading young scientists were inaugurated as Founder Members of SAYAS. Twenty more members have since been inducted and the group currently comprise among the best scientific minds in South Africa and represents a diverse range of talent in terms of race, gender and scientific discipline.

If you wish to attend the event, or have any questions, please contact:

Thandi Badugela: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.