15:30-16:00 Resource Efficiency Innovation

Presenter: Ms Jackie Jay
Presenter: Ms Sivashni Naicker

Ms Jackie Jay

Jackie Jay is a water professional who holds an MSc (2014) from the University of Johannesburg in Aquatic Health. She has worked at the Department of Water and Sanitation since 2006 and is currently responsible for providing strategic advice and for co-ordinating various activities aimed at mainstreaming ecological infrastructure into water resource planning, with a particular focus on wetlands and their management. Her experiences include numerous ecological water requirement and water quality assessment studies and the development of various water quality management plans and strategies. Her interests lie in enabling and facilitating collaborations towards the protection of the countries wetlands and as such she is currently running a number of collaborative projects that look at wetlands data, wetland policies and setting targets for wetland management.

Ms Sivashni Naicker

Sivashni Naicker is a young water professional who holds an MSc (2011) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Geohydrology. She is currently working at the Department of Water and Sanitation as a Groundwater Planner (Eastern Region of South Africa) for the last 6 years. Her experiences include numerous groundwater assessment studies and involvement of the development of the National Groundwater Strategy.  Her favourite experience working in the department was assisting in identifying schools in the Lephalale region in the Limpopo Province; where there is adequate yielding aquifers to develop play pumps.

She has also put together an initiative to partner for school awareness campaigns, these include the DWS, SANBI, City of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg Water, ERWAT and the Hennops Blue Horizon to collaborate and raise awareness in schools on the health issues that plague our water resources here in Gauteng.

There has many strategies regarding Resource Efficient Innovation, but how do we promote and utilise RDI (Research, Development and Innovation). We need to know more, what are you/your organisation doing, how can we collaborate to progress with RDI?

In attempts to remedy South Africa’s water crisis, the Water RDI Roadmap was created by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Water Research Commission (WRC). This Roadmap is said to provide a structured framework to focus the contribution of research, development and innovation activity that will help South Africa’s water resources management with the implementation of national policy, strategy and planning. The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) offers partnerships to explore innovative technological solutions that are informed by science and practical application.

The National Water and Sanitation Master Plan developed by the Department of Water and Sanitation is about RE-ENGINEERING the manner in which the water and sanitation business in South Africa is co-ordinated and guided, the plan emphasises the promotion for uptake of technology and innovation. But what are OUR STUMBLING BLOCKS to assimilate RDI? How do we resolve issues such as affordability, having the necessary skill sets, operation and maintenance, or identifying potential threats?