Rand Water, South Africa joins hands with UNESCO-IHE
On 23 July 2013, Dinizulu Kumalo Percival Sechemane, CEO of Rand Water and Stefan Uhlenbrook, Vice-Rector Academic and Student Affairs at UNESCO-IHE signed a collaboration agreement.
The partnership focuses on:
Training of Rand Water employees at UNESCO-IHE's MSc and PhD programmes
Submission of joint research projects conducted at Rand Water
Establishment of a research platform that is tailor-made to suit Rand Water needs
Development of technical short courses
Development of tailor-made courses to meet client requirements
Research and development projects
Following the signing of this MoU, Rand Water has also committed to sponsor four full MSc fellowships in the MSc programme in Urban Water and Sanitation (Water Supply Engineering specialization) for this year's academic programme. In addition, four short courses will be organized together with Tshwane University of Technology, to be held at Rand Water Academy in the autumn.
UNESCO-IHE will actively engage in the operationalization of the business plan and the preparation of the facilities of the training academy in Mozambique. In the meantime, the first concrete annual plan of activities will be developed, including regular series of short courses run at RWA annually, plans for (gradual) transfer of our MSc programme in UWS to RWA and the definition of the first (PhD) research topics.
Peter Goosen, Ambassador to South Africa in the Netherlands and Anna-Maria Jojoza, Counsellor Bilateral, also joined the discussions and were present at the MoU signing. His Excellency mentioned that the partnership and planned investments are part of the strategic direction that the current administration is taking towards building capacities in South Africa and the region. Looking for strategic partnerships with organizations in the Netherlands will be essential in this effort, as the Dutch have a longstanding history in sustainable water management.
About Rand Water
Rand Water is one of the largest water utilities in the world, located in South Africa. The company provides on average four billion litres of potable water per day to more than 11 million people in an area that stretches over 18 000 km2. Since 110 years ago, Rand Water operates a network of over 3000 km of pipelines with a worth of three billion Euros. In 2012, the company launched Rand Water Academy in an effort to mitigate the shortage of qualified WATSAN experts in South Africa and the region.