Directed Calls

The Implementation of the Integrated Algal Pond System at Barberton, Mbombela Municipality
KSA : DSI Innovation Partnership for Rural Development Programme
Thrust N/A
Programme N/A
Title : The Implementation of the Integrated Algal Pond System at Barberton, Mbombela Municipality
ToR ID : 1009823
Contact Person: Dr John Zvimba johnz@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 30 November 2020

This research study is divided into two phases. Phase one aims to investigate the feasibility for biogas recovery, water and biomass reuse potential in support of community gardens post implementation of a demonstration Integrated Algal Pond System (IAPS). The feasibility study outcomes will inform any required skills transfer activities in support of operations and maintenance of IAPS within South African municipalities. The second phase focuses on the construction of an IAPS demonstration plant at the Barberton wastewater treatment works (WWTW) as part of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) funded Innovation Partnership for Rural Development Programme (IPRDP).

Post-drought and emergency interventions: Towards higher water security
KSA : Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust 4: ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND ADAPTATION

Programme  P4: Environmental risk and disaster management
Title : Post-drought and emergency interventions: Towards higher water security
ToR ID : 1009822
Contact Person: Dr Shafick Adams shaficka@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 27 October 2020

This primary objective of this study will focus on assessing the responses of institutions to recent and on-going drought spells as well as other emergency interventions. This is to enable the development of strategic capabilities within institutions charged with water security and resilience.

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Business Unit KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management

Thrust THRUST 1: WATER SERVICES – INSTITUTIONAL AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES

Programme Programme 2: Institutional and management issues - Water services

Title Independent water production and producers in South Africa

ToR ID 1009818

Contact Person Jay Bhagwan jbhagwan@wrc.org.za

Closing Date 31 July 2020

Brief description of ToR :

The objective of this study is to determine the role and function of the concept of independent water production and independent water producers (IWP) in the South Africa water legislative environment.

In his SONA 200 address the President indicated the aspect of independent water production and by implication the establishment of IWP as a mechanism to deal with water challenges.  This  is a fairly new concept for the South African water sector and institutional environment, which has not been well researched and analyzed, or utilized.  Global experience from the situation of the low-income and poor urban communities highlights the importance of this type of private sector involvement in water and sanitation delivery. Until now, little work has been done to understand or to develop the capacity of the alternative production and providers, since their activity was perceived as a temporary and marginal solution.

It is therefore important to deepen our understanding of the operating environment and incentives faced by independent water production and  producers so that we can mainstream such opportunities to the benefit of our processes and program.

KSA                                                     Water Resources and Ecosystems

Thrust

Programme

Title                                                    SP1 - Siltation Management Strategy

ToR ID                                                1009813

Contact Person                                Dr Shafick Adams shaficka@wrc.org.za

Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze chantalrk@wrc.org.za

Closing Date                                     16 August 2020

Brief description of ToR                The aim of the strategy is to build on previous initiatives and recommendations and investigate new and improved methodologies and practices for key entities to drive management, improvement and implementation of a siltation management strategy for State dams. This will include Siltation Management related to Dam Basin Management and Catchment Management dependencies or activities. The strategy development process will provide a situational analysis, engage a broad range of stakeholders, map the drivers and challenges linked to potential solutions , and provide an up to date state of dam siltation management in South Africa. Further primary data collection will be required to complement that of the DWS databases and modelled to identify siltation prone areas, siltation rates, load and quality characteristics amongst others. This will result in a framework for dam storage design and management. International partners will be included and global practises will be benchmarked to review current management practices. Key to the strategy development is the development of the relevant tools, models, frameworks, protocols, guides and plans to assist with the implementation and monitoring of the strategy

KSA                                                     Water Resources and Ecosystems

Thrust

Programme

Title                                                    SP2 - Dam engineering and socio-ecological systems

ToR ID                                                1009812

Contact Person                               Bonani Madikizela bonanim@wrc.org.za

John Dini johnd@wrc.org.za

Closing Date                                     16 August 2020

Brief description of ToR                The most cost-effective means to manage dam siltation is through smart infrastructure and catchment interventions. In the South African context, while both engineering and catchment approaches are reasonably well developed to varying degrees in their own right, there is a less well developed body of knowledge and practice around integrating these in order to enable a holistic, optimized grey-green infrastructure approach with clearly defined costs and benefits. A multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach is required to operationalize the integrated management of land and water, by utilising expertise from engineers, planners, economists, social and natural scientists, and citizen scientists. The aim of this project will be to generate and test tools that will enable the alleviation of dam siltation through optimized catchment management as well as dam engineering methodologies (e.g. integrating both ecological and built infrastructure) and innovations.

KSA                                                     Water Resources and Ecosystems

Thrust

Programme

Title                                                   SP3 - Sustainable Dredging of Dams

ToR ID                                                1009816

Contact Person                                Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa euniceuj@wrc.org.za

Wandile Nomquphu wandilen@wrc.org.za

Closing Date                                     16 August 2020

Brief description of ToR                The main objective of this project will be to develop a sustainable dam dredging model and protocols for a variety of “learning” dams and contexts. Dams and reservoirs inevitably face the problem of sedimentation accumulation over time which leads to the loss of capacity to store water and the potential effects on the structural integrity. Dam sedimentation leads to clogging, disruption of the sediment balance, and the increasing accumulation of polluted sediments. Historically, sediment management strategies have included constructing sediment traps, raising the dam or building of a new dam BUT this does not solve the sedimentation accumulation in the dam. Therefore, an alternative strategy is to remove the sediment from the dam by dredging. Dredging will lead to the increase in the water storage volume, enhance the water quality and remove contaminated material. However, dredging of dams is a costly exercise and must be well considered. Prevention of sediment inflows will be key to the implementation of any successful dam rehabilitation plan. However, in many cases we do not have the option of developing new dam infrastructure. Dredged sediment quality might be compromised due to sediment contamination with hazardous concentrations of substances both chemical and biological in nature. Considerations as to when to dredge, how to dredge and with what dredging equipment, and what to use the dredged sediment for need to be based on an efficient sediment quality monitoring system, hazardous waste methodology as well as a health risk assessment protocols derived for the intended use of the sediment (on land use or return to the surface water body).

KSA                                                     Water Resources and Ecosystems

Thrust

Programme

Title                                                   SP4 - Training and Capacity Development

ToR ID                                                1009814

Contact Person                                Michelle Hiestermann michelleh@wrc.org.za

Virginia Molose virginiam@wrc.org.za

Closing Date                                     16 August 2020

Brief description of ToR                The main objective of this project will be an empowered new cohort of skilled professionals and citizens to enhance and improve the efficiency of dam siltation management. The development of a Siltation management strategy for dams in South Africa will provide a new framework, models and protocols to manage dam siltation in a holistic manner. The multi-disciplinary and sector approaches will provide the opportunity to simultaneously develop new skills, learning materials and create a community of practitioners.  Training and capacity development that is inclusive of experienced dam managers, young professionals identified as potential successors (supporting, but not limited to, the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Learning Academy trainee engineers, scientists and technicians), Catchment Management Agencies, as well as local community representatives, will contribute to better long-term dam siltation management.  Embedded training and capacity development will enable organisations and individuals to adapt to the technological changes and challenges by effectively adopting new ways of managing siltation in rivers.

KSA                                                     Water Resources and Ecosystems

Thrust                                                 Governance and Institutional Arrangements

Programme                                       Gender and Equity

Title                                                    Strengthening the knowledge base and capacity to support the transformation of Irrigation Boards to Water User Associations

ToR ID                                                1009811

Contact Person                                John Dini johnd@wrc.org.za

Closing Date                                     2 August 2020

Brief description of ToR                The National Water Act envisaged that the numerous Irrigation Boards established under previous legislation would cease to exist, being disestablished or converted into Water User Associations (WUAs) soon after the Act came into effect. To date, however, numerous Irrigation Boards have still to be transformed into WUAs and aligned to the core objectives of the Act. The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation has now revived the stalled transformation process. This research project will support this process, by consolidating and expanding the knowledge base on the transformation of Irrigation Boards to WUAs, and facilitating the inclusion of this knowledge in relevant transformation processes. This will include undertaking two detailed case studies in the Breede-Gouritz Water Management Area in the Western Cape.

KSA                                                     Water Resources and Ecosystems

Thrust                                                 Governance and Institutional Arrangements

Programme                                       Cooperative governance for water resource management

Title                                                    Participatory course to activate Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security learning networks

ToR ID                                                1009817

Contact Person                                Michelle Hiestermann michelleh@wrc.org.za

Closing Date                                     2 August 2020

Brief description of ToR                The Ecological Infrastructure for Water Security Project (EI4WS) is executed by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). This five-year project, focuses on improving water security by integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services into planning, finance and development in the water sector. The Water Research Commission (WRC) is responsible for implementation of a component of EI4WS aimed at improving the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into the water value chain through social learning, credible evidence and knowledge management. The approach taken in component 3 is guided by a Social Learning and Knowledge Management (SLKM) strategy that was developed with stakeholders and partners. The work envisaged in these terms of reference will respond to the recommendations of the strategy and partner with existing initiatives highlighted as important.

Market entry study for decentralized wastewater treatment systems which are design according to low water, energy and carbon and recycling principles
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust : Business Development
Programme : SASTEP
Title : Market entry study for decentralized wastewater treatment systems which are design according to low water, energy and carbon and recycling principles
ToR ID : 1009810
Contact Person: Mr Akin Akinsete akina@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2020

The health, social, and environmental benefits of improved sanitation are maximized when sanitation is planned for and provided in an integrated way with water supply and other municipal services. Traditionally, the default mechanism to achieve integrated planning and development for water and sanitation services is through municipality-driven integrated development. This approach often favors centralized, high capex infrastructure approach which is beyond the reach of many developmental states.

Market entry study and scanning for potable pit emptying devices
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust : Business Development
Programme : SASTEP
Title : Market entry study and scanning for potable pit emptying devices
ToR ID : 1009809
Contact Person: Mr Akin Akinsete akina@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2020

Pit latrines are one of the major types of sanitation technologies used in South Africa especially in rural, low income densely populated informal settlements and peri-urban areas. according to the white paper on Water Supply and Sanitation Policy (1994), adequate basic sanitation provision for a household is defined as one well-constructed Ventilated Improved Pit toilet (VIP) toilet. The 2018 General Household Survey issued by Statistics South Africa showed that 31% of South African households use a pit latrine.

The Benefits of Industrial Design for Sanitation Technology Development and Transfer
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust : SASTEP
Programme : SASTEP
Title : The Benefits of Industrial Design for Sanitation Technology Development and Transfer
ToR ID : 1009806
Contact Person: Mr Akin Akinsete akina@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 03 August 2020

The South African Sanitation Technology Enterprise Programme (SASTEP) is an initiative driven by the Water Research Commission (WRC) to foster the commercialisation and uptake of next-generation sanitation solutions and technologies. The programme coordinates the national system of innovation (NSI) around next-generation sanitation technologies. The programme is working with both local and international technology innovators and providing a platform to assist them with the commercialization of their respective technologies. The SASTEP initiative provides a platform to assist these innovators and commercial partners matched with an innovator, with a platform to demonstrate their technology to ensure it is functional, safe and performs to requirement, and user acceptability.

Developing a decision support system for estimating the water use and water use efficiency of irrigated crops in the Inkomati – Usuthu Water Management Area (WMA)

KSA : Water Utilisation in Agriculture.
Thrust : 1 Water Utilisation for Food and Fibre Production
Programme : 1 Water – efficient production methods in relation to soil, crops and technology in rain – fed and irrigation agriculture.
Title : Developing a decision support system for estimating the water use and water use efficiency of irrigated crops in the Inkomati – Usuthu Water Management Area (WMA)
ToR ID
Contact Person: Prof Sylvester Mpandeli sylvesterm@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 30 June 2020

To determine the water use, yield and quality of selected crops such as Banana; Mango, Litchis, Sugarcane, and Citrus from planting to full bearing in selected climatic zones and specific soils in the WMA.

Valuation of Research, Development and Innovation by WRC’s stakeholders
KSA : KSA8
Thrust : Strategic Planning
Programme : Research and Development
Title : Valuation of Research, Development and Innovation by WRC’s stakeholders
ToR ID
Contact Person: Dr. Stanley Liphadzi stanleyl@wrc.org.za
Time Frame: July 2020 – July 2021

The WRC is a member of the Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC). The GWRC members discuss,
engage, and initiate projects that advance Research, Development and Innovation in water and
sanitation which address common challenges or interests. In the previous meetings of the GWRC,
members agreed to initiate several research projects. The project about “Valuation of water research
and Innovation” is one the projects that the WRC expressed interest to participate in. Our participation
as the WRC requires us to initiate a case study focusing on South Africa (involving our key stakeholders).

Ecosystem responses to the large scale use of SARS-CoV-2 disinfectants
KSA : Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust : 4 Environmental change
Programme : 4 Ecosystems risks and disaster management
Title : Ecosystem responses to the large scale use of SARS-CoV-2 disinfectants
ToR ID
Contact Person: Bonani Madikizela bonanim@wrc.org.za
Time Frame: 36 Months

The aim of the study will be to generate knowledge critical to understand ecosystems responses and the risks of introducing disinfectant and anti-viral chemicals in large amounts (as is the current case with the current COVID-19 interventions) in aquatic ecosystems and biota, such as rivers, estuaries, springs, dams and wetlands

Expression of interest (EOI) call for a national programme for monitoring covid-19

Expression of interest (EOI) for consideration for appointment for the provision of laboratory services for the analysis of sars-cov-2 in water and sanitation samples

Branch : Research and Development
Impact Area: Water quality and health
Programme 3: Institutional and management issues
Title : Expression of interest (EOI) call for a national programme for monitoring covid-19 spread in communities using a water and sanitation-based approach

ToR ID : 1009803
Contact Email Address covid19@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 01 June 2020

The current Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation

(WHO). COVID-19 is caused by the novel zoonotic coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that was isolated in Wuhan, China

in January 2020. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the family of Coronavirus whose members include SARS-CoV and

MERS-CoV viruses that are responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle

East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Cyber governance in the water sector - final March 2020
KSA : Water Use and Waste Management
Thrust 1: Water services – institutional and management issues
Programme 3: Institutional and management issues
Title : Cyber governance in the water sector - final March 2020
ToR ID : 1009801
Contact Person: Dr. Nonhlanhla Kalebaila nonhlanhlak@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 31 May 2020

Increasing population coupled to the envisaged economic growth and development mean that the delivery of basic services will become indispensable and more challenging. As a result, governments and constituent entities are embracing digitalization to support the provision of basic services to all citizens and simultaneously improving operational efficiencies and reducing the costs to offer such services. These developments are highly relevant to the water and sanitation sector, in particular, for the South African environment characterised by scarce water resources and increasing demand for water for sustainable development, against deteriorating water quality, water losses and other operational inefficiencies negatively affecting water services delivery.

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE REVIEW OF POLICIES, REGULATIONS, STANDARDS AND BYLAWS LOW FLUSH / WATER EFFICIENT TOILETS
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Desktop review of policies, regulations, standards and bylaws low flush / water efficient toilets
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Mr. Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Ms. Charmaine Twana charmainet@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 31 March 2020

The recent drought in Cape Town served as a warning to not only south Africa but to other nations on the need to have a proactive and sustainable water resource management strategy. The Cape Town drought embodied the country’s vulnerability to climate change and dwindling water resources. This problem is however not unique to the Western Cape as drought conditions have been reported across the country in provinces such as the Eastern Cape, Free State and Limpopo. The impact of the drought, climate change and dwindling water resources in the country is further exacerbated by the excessive and unsustainable use by end-users, leaks and poor resource management. South Africa consumes up to 250 litres per capita per day compared to a world average of 180 litres per capita per day (Heeden & Cilliers, 2014). A move towards water sensitive cities and settlements is an imperative and water conservancy technology is therefore an important tool in the water demand management toolbox to minimize adverse impact on the economy and well-being of society. It has further advantage of delaying capital expenditure for larger supply systems required to meet demands due to high rate pf urban migration.

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE SCANNING, TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT OF A QUALITY ASSURANCE PROTOCOL FOR LOW FLUSH TOILET PEDSTAL
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Scanning, testing and development of a quality assurance protocol for low flush toilet pedstal
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Mr. Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Ms. Charmaine Twana charmainet@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 31 March 2020

• Scanning, identifying and compiling a compendium of commercially available and developmental stage low flush toilets available in South Africa
• Sub-categorization of available low flush toilet technologies such as water based, vacuum, low suction types etc.
• Development of general requirements, technical requirements, specifications, performance testing and other protocols that can form the basis for the standardization of low flush toilet technologies
• Application of the developed requirements, specification and testing protocol listed above on commercially and developmental available low flush toilets
• Determining the impact of low flush on water consumption at the household and municipal level
• Determine the impact of low flush toilet on piping and plumbing within the boundaries of the household and on the municipal reticulation system
• Provide, through a case study on a chosen area, the impact of low flush on household water use, sewage volumes and the downstream wastewater treatment plant

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS FACILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Business model canvas facilitation and development
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Mr. Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Ms. Charmaine Twana charmainet@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 17 April 2020

The South African Sanitation Technology Enterprise Programme (SASTEP) is a national coordination programme implemented by the Water Research Commission and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). SASTEP aims to create a new sanitation industry through the development, demonstration and commercialisation of innovative sanitation technologies. The programme activities are aligned to the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) to address commercialisation, localisation and manufacturing by bringing on board commercial partners capable to provide industrial support base for the local and regional markets and disrupt where appropriate the current paradigm of water conveyance based infrastructure leading to a more water secure future. The programme is aligned to the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) strategy to address commercialisation, localisation and manufacturing by bringing on board capable commercial partners to provide an industrial support base for the local and regional markets. The intent of the programme is to support and accelerate the application and uptake of the new sanitation technologies through demonstration, testing and science-based improvements towards localisation and industrialisation.

Citizen science weather stations monitoring network for early warning and resilience
KSA : Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust 6: Water Resources innovation and Technologies
Programme P4: Models and early warning systems
Title : Citizen science weather stations monitoring network for early warning and resilience
Contact Person: Mr. Bonani Madikizela bonanim@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 29 February 2020

Citizen science weather stations monitoring network for early warning and resilience
chitosan-based adsorbents nanotechnology
To develop a monitoring network as a citizen scientists tool for early detection of disasters related to changing
weather and climate in order mitigate their impacts on livelihood

Title : Review of the 2020 vision for Water and Sanitation education programme
Advert review of the VfWSEP FINAL JAN 2020
KSA number 26

ToR ID  :  1009791

Closing Date  : 14 February 2020

Contact person  : hlengiwec@wrc.org.za

Programme review - The department of water and sanitation 2020 vision for water and sanitation education programme (2020 VfWSEP)

Proposals can be submitted via the WRC Business Management System by clicking [BMS].

Title                                                             Cross-sectoral PhD tracing study

KSA number                                              1&2

ToR ID                                                        1009785

Closing Date                                              27 September 2019

Contact person

  • Scientific queries                            John Dini johnd@wrc.org.za
  • Administrative queries                  Penny Jaca pennyj@wrc.org.za

The training of doctoral students is a long and costly endeavor. The question of the return on investment on such long education and training endeavours is a policy concern from the public funders of education. Doctoral graduates are considered the best qualified for creating, implementing and disseminating new knowledge and innovation, and therefore information about the socioeconomic impact of their training is essential in knowledge-based and complex economies. This study aims to generate some of this information by tracing the mobility, career paths and other attributes of a representative sample of PhD graduates from South African universities across a range of sectors and disciplines.

 

Proposals can be submitted via the WRC Business Management System by clicking [BMS].

Evaluation and Development of a Business Case for the Water Innovations Company
KSA 9

ToR ID : 1009790

Closing Date : 10 January 2019
* Technical queries Valerie Naidoo valerien@wrc.org.za
* Administrative queries Sarah Ravhudzulo sarahr@wrc.org.za

The study is aimed at evaluating and developing a business case for a water innovations company.  This demands a focus on:

  1. The core customers for the Water Innovations Company,
  2. The value proposition
  3. The cost structure, and potential revenue and business models
  4. Key strategic partners and their willingness to pay for the services
  5. Skills and capability requirements within the recommended operating environment
  6. The governance model of the company
  7. The enabling and/or disabling legislative environment to enable the company to be fully operative
  8. The competitive environment
  9. A roadmap for implementation

Proposals can be submitted via the WRC Business Management System by clicking [BMS].

Market Research Study
KSA 9
Thrust : 3 Business Development
Programme : 13 SASTEP
Title : Market Research Study: Determining the opportunity and feasibility of innovative sanitation market (sanitation economy) in South Africa.
Contact Person: Ms Charmaine Twala charmainet@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

Closing Date: 12:00pm, 30 August 2019

The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) entered into a partnership agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and The South African Water Research Commission (WRC) to pilot, demonstrate and commercialise innovative sanitation technologies, including the “Reinvent the toilet” technologies developed through the BMGF, within the framework of South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP). The WRC provides programme implementation and support services, whilst the DST and the BMGF provide investment to support the implementation of the programme. SASTEP requires a multi- stakeholder approach that involves research councils, universities, municipalities, government departments, funders and commercial partners to ensure that the sanitation innovation value chain is developed in support of the roll out of next generation sanitation technologies. The programme activities are aligned to the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) to address commercialisation, localisation and manufacturing by bringing on board commercial partners capable to provide industrial support base for the local and regional markets and disrupt where appropriate the current paradigm of water conveyance based infrastructure leading to a more water secure future

Terms of Reference for the development of policy and technical awareness materials and guidelines for SANS/ISO 30500 and ISO 24521
KSA 9 Business Development and Innovation
Thrust : 3 Business Development
Programme : 13 SASTEP

Title : Development of policy and technical awareness materials and guidelines for SANS/ISO 30500 and ISO 24521
Contact Person: Mr Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

The South African Sanitation Technology Evaluation Programme (SASTEP) is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), with the Water Research Commission (WRC) providing programme implementation and support services. The programme aims to foster a local sanitation industry (manufacturing and services) that would increase access to proper sanitation, reduce pollution, improve water security, create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities and contribute to the country’s GDP.

SASTEP Field-testing Guideline
KSA 9
Thrust : 3 Business Development
Programme : 13 SASTEP

Closing Date : 16 August 2019
Contact Person: Mr Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

The South African Sanitation Technology Evaluation Programme (SASTEP) is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), with the Water Research Commission (WRC) providing programme implementation and support services. The programme aims to foster a local sanitation industry (manufacturing and services) that would increase access to proper sanitation, reduce pollution, improve water security, create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities and contribute to the country’s GDP

Understanding bound water content and water binding strength in Faecal Sludge from on-site sanitation technologies and human faeces
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009781
Closing Date : 1 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

The understanding of faecal sludge dewatering and drying behaviour remains a major bottleneck in the cost-efficiency
of current faecal sludge beneficiation technologies.
This project seeks to address two challenges in parallel; i) provide insight to the scientific processes that limit
faecal sludge dewatering and drying processes, with emphasis of water binding in faecal sludges, and ii) to develop
appropriate techniques and methodology to scientifically evaluate water binding in faecal sludges.
It is envisaged that the research will result in following benefits. First, it will provide process optimization for
volume and mass reduction which can reduce the cost of transport and subsequent treatment. Second, sludge that is
processed with a low moisture content and significant organic content can be repurposed into biofuel. And lastly,
the research will result in the development of standardized methods for faecal sludge characterization.

Guidelines for the Utilisation and Disposal of Faecal Sludge: Requirements for the Collection and Subsequent Disposal or Valorisatiion of Faecal Sludges
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009782
Closing Date : 01 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

To develop Guidelines for Faecal Sludge Collection and subsequent Disposal or Valorisation that regulatory authorities,
managers and practitioners responsible for faecal sludge management can easily understand and incorporate as part of
their service provision operations.

Quantities and Quality of Poop and Pee in School Sanitation Facilities
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009783
Closing Date : 01 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

Rural school sanitation has in the recent years been under the spotlight due to unfortunate incidents of school
learners falling into latrine structures. Research produced by the WRC has shown the challenge to be linked to
deficiencies in sanitation infrastructure management, limited technical options for rural schools which are largely
confined to dry, latrine toilets, and user behavior challenges. In response to challenges experienced with school
latrine toilets, President Cyril Ramaphosa requested an audit of school sanitation infrastructure.
The audit revealed that there are 3 898 schools that require appropriate sanitation interventions.
To address this challenge, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the “Sanitation Appropriate for Education” (SAFE) initiative
that aims to replace latrine structures with new models that take into account the joint water-energy constraints.
New engineering approaches would need to be guided by data that define the operational limitations for rural school sanitation.
The WRC has identified a knowledge gap in this regard and this project aims to provide a combination of observational
data coupled with empirical research to understand the relationships that can inform the development of new school
sanitation options.

Closing Date : 15 June

Contact : Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za

To examine and provide insight to the policy and regulatory factors and barriers for water sector RDI uptake in South Africa

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KSA 03
ToR ID - 1009778
Closing Date : 29 June 2019
Contact Person:-
Email Subject Title: Revision of the 1996 South African Water Quality Guidelines: Volume 3 - Industrial Water Use

Email Queries
Scientific : johnz@wrc.org.za
Administration: benniem@wrc.org.za

To revise the 1996 South African Water Quality Guidelines: Volume 3 – Industrial Water Use and
develop a software-based decision support system able to provide both site-specific and generic
risk-based South African water quality guidelines for industrial water use.

KSA 1-2
ToR ID - 1009779

Closing Date : 29 June 2019
Contact Person:
- Mr Bonani Madikizela bonanim@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Ms Penny Jaca pennyj@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

To review and develop an electronic based decision support system (software) able to provide
both site-specific and generic risk-based water quality guidelines for South African aquatic
ecosystems

WEF Nexus Project

KEY STRATEGIC AREA (KSA) 4: Water Utilisation in Agriculture

THRUST 3: Water utilisation for poverty reduction and wealth creation in agriculture

PROGRAMME 1: Sustainable water – based agricultural activities in rural areas communities

ToR ID : 1009762

Closing Date : 15 May 2019

Market Analysis: Determining the extent and potential of a Water-Smart Agriculture market in South Africa

KSA 9
ToR ID - 1009761

Closing Date : 15 May 2019 Extended from the previous call on FMS
Contact Person:
- Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze chantalrk@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Ms Sandra Fritz sandraf@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

The Agricultural sector in South Africa contributes approximately 3% to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and plays a significant role for employment and job creation. The sector is dependent on approximately 63% of the countries water allocation. Variable rainfall patterns not only affects dam and surface water but also groundwater recharge. Rising temperatures, climate change and droughts have serious long-term consequences for South Africa’s food security. When coupled with the growing impacts on the quality of our water sources due to e.g. pollution from agricultural run-off, South Africa requires a focused approach to shifting the sector to more sustainable practices.
In a water stressed South Africa, conventional agricultural practices such as irrigation, mitigation of production losses and yield improvement continue to exacerbate detrimental environmental effects and water constraints in South Africa. Studies have shown that there is an increasing interest in agricultural innovation by investors in response to the state of water in South Africa. Reducing pollution and soil degradation, improved information systems, models and rolling out of water efficiency technologies for irrigation are emerging as key opportunities for sustainable farming. As much as fruit and wine farmers are embedding sustainable and water efficient practices and technologies into their operations, the potential size and focus of a Water Smart Agriculture (WSA) market in South Africa requires crucial consideration.

Market Analysis: Determining the extent and potential of a water to energy market in South Africa (waste and small/micro hydro)

KSA 9
Thrust 3 - Business Development
Programme 2 - Impact Expansion
ToR ID - 1009760

Closing Date : 15 May 2019 Extended from the previous call on FMS
Contact Person:
- Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze chantalrk@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Mr Bennie Mokgonyana benniem@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

Global reports approximate the waste to energy market value at USD 28.43 billion in 2017 towards an expected USD 42.74 billion by 2025. The Waste Water Treatment to Energy (WWTtE) market saw capital and operational investments of USD 531 million in 2017. When considering that wastewater is a carrier of over 50% of waste resources that is either lost or unrecovered as materials, energy and water, why is this circular opportunity not being taken up? The City of Cape Town working with New Horizon Energy saw a R400 million waste-to-energy investment project, that was upfront deemed viable, put on hold. What are the blockages and pathways to market being missed by current research?

 

The status of wastewater as an untapped resource in South Africa
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Water YECP Advert_September 2019 Final
Water YECP EOI Template_Round 2_September 2019

Closing Date: 18 October 2019

Title : Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (A partnership between the Department of Science and Innovation and the Water Research Commission)
Contact Person: Mrs Sarah Ravhudzulo sarahr@wrc.org.za

The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitable candidates in response to the annual WADER Young Engineers “Changemakers” Programme (YECP) Open Call which focuses on selecting young South African Engineers to be part of a 1-year training programme that will enable them to gain the necessary skills to drive municipalities of the future.

Evaluation and assessment of Dry Sanitation Systems

Business Unit KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation
Thrust THRUST 3: Business Development
Programme Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Evaluation and assessment of Dry Sanitation Systems
ToR ID : 1009821
Contact Person : Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 02 October 2020

Brief description of ToR :
The world’s six billion people produce over a million tons of faeces daily (Peasey 2000). Human waste collection, transportation, treatment, and safe disposal is essential to maintaining hygiene and preventing transmission of diseases through the faecal-oral route. Sanitation systems can be broadly classified into waterborne and dry sanitation systems. The former refers to systems that requires water to function while the later does not. While waterborne sanitation is perceived as the gold standards and usually preferred to dry sanitation systems, the reliance on water in view of water stress and climate change considerations makes this option unsustainable.

Development of Municipal guidelines for the selection of sanitation packaged plants, non-sewered sanitation and other alternative sanitation solutions municipalities

Business Unit KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation
Thrust THRUST 3: Business Development
Programme Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Development of Municipal guidelines for the selection of sanitation packaged plants, non-sewered sanitation and other alternative sanitation solutions municipalities
ToR ID : 1009805
Contact Person : Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 02 October 2020

Brief description of ToR :
Local governments in South Africa are mandated by the Constitution to provide water and sanitation services limited to potable water supply systems and domestic wastewater and sewage disposal. This obligation is outlined in the Water Services Act and the Municipal Systems Act. While there are various intersections and support provided by other structures of governments such as the national government through several national departments and various regional and provincial bodies, municipalities remain at the coalface of the delivery of sanitation services to the end-user.

Business Unit KSA 15: Water Technologies Demonstration
Thrust: 4
Title: Innovations addressing South Africa’s Water Challenges, addressing water access and provision during the COVID 19 Pandemic
No TOR: Apply using attached EOI

Click here to download the Call document
Click here to download the EOI

Contact Person: Dr Manjusha Sunil on manjushas@wrc.org.za and Ms Klariska Moodley on acceleratorlabs.za@undp.org
Open Date: 07 August 2020
Closing Date: 03 September 2020

Business Unit KSA22: Water RDI Roadmap CIU

Thrust: Student Funding

Title: WRC/DEA/DSI OPPORTUNITY: Water RDI Roadmap 2020 Postgraduate Student Bursary Call

No TOR: Apply using link

Please click here for the Call document

Contact Person: For enquiries, please contact Sarah Ravhudzulo, Water RDI Roadmap Coordinator: SarahR@wrc.org.za or Shanna Nienaber, Water RDI Roadmap Manager: ShannaN@wrc.org.za

Open Date: 09 September 2020

Closing Date: 11 October 2020

Assessment, evaluation, and market entry study for incineration household toilet units
KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Assessment, evaluation, and market entry study for incineration household toilet units
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Akin Akinsete <akina@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date: 11 November 2020

Incineration toilet is a dry sanitation system that uses an energy source to burn collected human faeces, reducing it to pathogen-free ash. Incinerating toilets may be powered by electricity, gas, charcoal, biochar, or other energy sources. The human waste is collected within the unit, in an integral ashpan and then incinerated. Some incineration toilets are designed to incinerate "grey water" from showers and sinks. Incinerator toilets were originally designed to replace outhouses in residential areas that lack waste management, power, or water facilities.

International Calls

AfriAlliance will be hosting its 5th Innovation Bridge Event (IBE) on “Climate proof IWRM" on Thursday 29th of October, from 2 pm to 4 pm SAST / from 1 pm to 3 pm CET during the WaterNet Symposium. The IBE aims to promote (technical and social) innovations to improve preparedness of Africa to the impacts of climate change.  This interactive event will include demonstrations of various African and European (social and technical) innovations from a wide range of organizations working in water and climate through this activities.

  • Innovation pitches and demonstrations;
  • Interactive discussions with potential collaborators, funders and investors from a range of sectors
  • Discussions on fostering and enabling (technical and social) innovation uptake in Africa

Participation in the WaterNet Symposium is free and you can register at 21st WaterNet Symposium and for the IBE at 5th AfriAlliance Innovation Bridge Event! There are still a few speaking slots available for innovators!

For more information please contact Mr Tiyani Chauke at Tiyanic@wrc.org.za

We look forward to your participation at the WaterNet Symposium and the AfriAlliance IBE

Click here to download the Call document

Click here to download the Invite

Open and Special Calls

Expression of interest (EOI) call for a national programme for monitoring covid-19

Expression of interest (EOI) for consideration for appointment for the provision of laboratory services for the analysis of sars-cov-2 in water and sanitation samples

Branch : Research and Development
Impact Area: Water quality and health
Programme 3: Institutional and management issues
Title : Expression of interest (EOI) call for a national programme for monitoring covid-19 spread in communities using a water and sanitation-based approach

ToR ID : 1009803
Contact Email Address covid19@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 01 June 2020

The current Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation

(WHO). COVID-19 is caused by the novel zoonotic coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that was isolated in Wuhan, China

in January 2020. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the family of Coronavirus whose members include SARS-CoV and

MERS-CoV viruses that are responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle

East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

WADER Annual Water Accelerator Call

WRC WADER BMS Portal User Guide
Water Accelerator EOI Template

Contact
Email Subject Title: WADER Water Accelerator Proposal
Administrative queries: sarahr@wrc.org.za
Scientific queries: Dr Manjusha Sunil

Closing Date: 31 July 2019

The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from
technology developers/vendors in response to the annual WADER Water Accelerator Call focusing on
technologies/solutions that would contribute to key objectives of the National Water Roadmap.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with the Water Research Commission
(WRC), has established WADER to pull together the applied research and development and commercialisation
stages of the water innovation continuum. Acting as an innovation intermediary, the Programme’s mission is
to facilitate high-level, collaborative technology demonstrators from the public and private sectors to maximise
the potential of the water innovation value chain.