Directed Calls

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 2: Water Quality Futures .
Programme 3: Risk assessment for environmental water quality management.
Title : Characterisation of bioaerosol, volatile organic compounds, odour emissions in wastewater treatment plants and assessment of the associated emerging epidemiological, occupational, and public health risks.
ToR ID : 1009882
Contact Person: Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila nonhlanhlak@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 31 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

More and more wastewater treatment works are using bubble technologies as a standard in their processes based on the efficiency in treatment offered. However, these processes tend to generate higher than normal bioaerosols, volatile organic compounds and unpleasant odours, which can pose health risks to workers, or dwellers in other buildings within

KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation.
Thrust 3: Business Development .
Programme 13: SASTEP.
Title : Demonstration of malodor counteractant in schools and household toilets.
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Mr Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 14 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

More than 40% of the world’s population still practice unsafe sanitation or lack access to improved sanitation
facilities. Associated challenges, in terms of public health and environmental protection, can therefore not be
overstated. consequently, the international community has set itself an ambitious goal to improve the
situation through the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 6. SDG 6.2 aims to improve access to
adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation by 2030. Despite laudable
efforts by the South African government, about 18% of South African households only have access to either an
unimproved form of sanitation or practice open defecation (StatSA, 2018).

KSA 1&2: Water Resources and Ecosystems.
Thrust 5: Resource Quality and Management.
Programme 3: Source Water Protection.
Title : Piloting the implementation of the waste discharge charge system in the crocodile catchment.
ToR ID : 1009884
Contact Person: Dr Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa
Closing Date : 22 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS) forms part of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges established in terms of Section 56 of the National Water Act (NWA) (Act 36 of 1998) and is a regulatory tool which can be used to improve the quality of water resources as well as compliance to the management class and associated resource quality objectives and the ecological reserve. The development of a Waste Discharge Charge System (WDCS) has been proposed to promote water conservation and waste reduction. It is well known that in some instances the discharge of poor quality effluent into streams causing pollution of water resources is occurring. Poor quality of water resources contravenes the resource quality objectives and international obligations. Furthermore, waste related activities currently do not contribute any revenue towards the management of the water resources. The first three phases of implementing the WDCS was successfully completed, however phase 4 which involves the piloting of the system still remains. This TOR will address the piloting of the WDCS in the Crocodile catchment.

KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation.
Thrust 3: Business Development.
Programme 2: Capacity building and training programmes.
Title : Developing and piloting a model that shifts water graduates from bridging programmes and academia into employment.
ToR ID :1009881
Contact Person: Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze– chantalrk@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 29 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

This initiative will form part of the broader Water Graduate Employment Programme (Water GEP) Phase 2 which falls under the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) and will run for 9-12 months between November 2021 and September 2022. The Water GEP provides for graduate stipends and training (budgets). The overarching objective of the programme is to catalyse job creation in three inter-linked areas (work exposure placements, business incubation, and shifting graduates into employment) that supports sustainable economic development. This TOR specifically refers to Leg 3 that shifts graduates into employment. Water GEP Phase 1 has created a number of pathways for recently graduated youth including access to host institutions and potential employers. Current monitoring and evaluation suggests that 20-25% of supported graduates were performing within the expectations of the host organisations and have shown contributions in their place of work.

Scope: Overarching project management of the programme and to develop and pilot a model that shifts 100 top performing Water GEP phase 1 graduates into employment whilst building new knowledge on the transition of a post-COVID youth workforce for water security.

KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation.
Thrust 3: Business Development.
Programme 2: Capacity building and training programmes.
Title :Water Incubator: Developing and Piloting the Transition of Water Graduates into Job Creators in the water and sanitation sector.
ToR ID :1009880
Contact Person: Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze– chantalrk@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 18 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

This initiative will form part of the broader Water Graduate Employment Programme (Water GEP) Phase 2 which falls under the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES). The Water GEP is a partnership between the WRC, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and National Treasury (NT) and will run for 9-12 months between November 2021 and September 2022. The overarching objective of the programme is to catalyse job creation in three inter-linked areas (work exposure placements, business incubation, and transitioning into employment) that supports sustainable economic development. The programme will also test opportunities from WRC portfolio around tools, products and services to be taken forward by entrepreneurs as strong science and community based businesses for the sector.

Scope: Develop and pilot a transitory business incubation model for 300 graduates that builds on previous investments in skills in the water sector to transition water, sanitation and other skills (undergraduate and post-graduate) into new areas of national contribution through intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial activities

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 communities.
Title : Application of research findings to support the empowerment of Agri-parks farmers to increase irrigated food production and market access.
ToR ID : 1009874
Contact Person: Luxon Nhamo <luxonn@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 30 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

The South African Government initiated the rollout of Agri-parks across the country, aiming to revitalise agriculture, catalyse rural industrialisation and support emerging farmers (Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, 2016). An Agri-park is a networked innovation system of agro-production, processing, logistics, marketing, training and extension services, located in a District Municipality.

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 communities.
Title : A demonstration of school-based vegetable gardens in enhancing school’s feeding scheme, a contribution to food security in five Provinces.
ToR ID : 1009876
Contact Person: Luxon Nhamo <luxonn@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 30 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

Malnutrition, either over- or under-nutrition, is becoming a significant problem in South Africa, especially among school-aged children. This often leads to poor school attendance and high rates of dropout. Previous WRC funded research indicated a correlation between measures of food security and household food security indicators. School-based participatory vegetable gardens were found to be an effective long-term strategy that complements supplementation and food fortification programs to address hidden hunger and food insecurity.

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 communities.
Title : A roll-out of homestead vegetable gardens as test beds for Agri-technologies to enhance food and nutrition security in five Provinces.
ToR ID : 1009878
Contact Person: Luxon Nhamo <luxonn@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 30 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

Malnutrition, either over- or under-nutrition, is therefore becoming a significant problem in South Africa, especially in high-risk groups; Young, Old, Pregnant, and Immuno-compromised (YOPI). Homestead vegetable gardens were found to be an effective strategy that addresses hidden hunger and food insecurity in poor households. Based on these findings, the WRC seeks to roll-out homestead vegetable gardens as test beds for Agri-technologies in 5 000 households.

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 communities.
Title :Sustainable urban agriculture for addressing food, nutrition security and socio-economic development in high population areas.
ToR ID : 1009877
Contact Person: Luxon Nhamo <luxonn@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 30 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

Urban agriculture offers livelihood opportunities and social cohesion opportunities as people in urban spaces start to work together. Based on the socio-economic and social-ecological setting of urban areas in South Africa regarding food and nutrition security, the Water Research Commission seeks to commission an integrated urban agriculture intervention with the overall aim to showcase how sustainable agriculture can be implemented in poor and densely populated areas in Johannesburg, Polokwane, Mbombela and eThekwini Municipality to address food and nutrition security, and socio-economic development. These should showcase innovations aligned to the agriculture-environment-health nexus, water-energy-food nexus, crop diversification, hydroponics, etc. In addition, such integrated urban agriculture should create sustainable opportunities for high-risk groups; Young, Old, Pregnant, and Immuno-compromised (YOPI), to participate and beneficiate.

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 communities.
Title :Estimating and mapping cultivated areas, crop water use and yield through integrating machine learning and remotely sensed data for improved decision support systems.
ToR ID : 1009875
Contact Person: Luxon Nhamo <luxonn@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 30 October 2021

Brief description of ToR

Monitoring irrigation water demand and consumption, as well as estimating crop yield, require accurate mapping of both rainfed and irrigated areas to facilitate informed policy formulations that enhance equitable water allocation, irrigation planning and drought and relief preparedness. Accurately mapped cultivated areas have become critical in recent years due to the need to achieve food self-sufficiency and at the same time be water-secure amidst the challenges brought about by climate change. This has resulted in increased developments in irrigation facilities in recent times. However, developments in irrigated agriculture are exacerbating water stress due to increased demand.

KSA : 1&2 (Water resources and ecosystems.
Thrust 1: Governance and institutional arrangements.
Programme 3: Water pricing and financing.
Title : Revision of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges: Future Infrastructure Build Charge.
ToR ID : 1009868
Contact Person: John Dini <johnd@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 20 September 2021

Brief description of ToR

The National Water Act states that the Minister may establish a pricing strategy for any water use within the framework of existing relevant government policy. Such a pricing strategy was first developed in November 1999 and the version currently in effect was approved for implementation in 2007. The strategy is undergoing a process of revision, and expert support and input is required on specific aspects of the strategy. The piece of work outlined in these terms of reference focuses on the Future Infrastructure Build Charge, and is one of four projects that will be commissioned to support revision of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges.

Proposals must be submitted via the WRC Business Management System at https://wrc.microsoftcrmportals.com/

KSA : 1&2 (Water resources and ecosystems.
Thrust 1: Governance and institutional arrangements.
Programme 3: Water pricing and financing.
Title : Revision of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges: Implementation of the Waste Discharge Charge System
ToR ID : 1009870
Contact Person: John Dini <johnd@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 20 September 2021

Brief description of ToR

 The National Water Act states that the Minister may establish a pricing strategy for any water use within the framework of existing relevant government policy. Such a pricing strategy was first developed in November 1999 and the version currently in effect was approved for implementation in 2007. The strategy is undergoing a process of revision, and expert support and input is required on specific aspects of the strategy. The piece of work outlined in these terms of reference focuses on the pilot implementation of the Waste Discharge Charge System, and is one of four projects that will be commissioned to support revision of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges.

Proposals must be submitted via the WRC Business Management System at https://wrc.microsoftcrmportals.com/

KSA : 1&2 (Water resources and ecosystems.
Thrust 1: Governance and institutional arrangements.
Programme 3: Water pricing and financing.
Title : Revision of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges: Public interest functions of water resource management activities
ToR ID : 1009871
Contact Person: John Dini <johnd@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 20 September 2021

Brief description of ToR

The National Water Act states that the Minister may establish a pricing strategy for any water use within the framework of existing relevant government policy. Such a pricing strategy was first developed in November 1999 and the version currently in effect was approved for implementation in 2007. The strategy is undergoing a process of revision, and expert support and input is required on specific aspects of the strategy. The piece of work outlined in these terms of reference focuses on the public interest functions of water resource management activities, and is one of four projects that will be commissioned to support revision of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges.

Proposals must be submitted via the WRC Business Management System at https://wrc.microsoftcrmportals.com/

KSA : 1&2 (Water resources and ecosystems.
Thrust 1: Governance and institutional arrangements.
Programme 3: Water pricing and financing.
Title : Revision of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges: Classification of social and commercial projects
ToR ID : 1009872
Contact Person: John Dini <johnd@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 20 September 2021

Brief description of ToR

The National Water Act states that the Minister may establish a pricing strategy for any water use within the framework of existing relevant government policy. Such a pricing strategy was first developed in November 1999 and the version currently in effect was approved for implementation in 2007. The strategy is undergoing a process of revision, and expert support and input is required on specific aspects of the strategy. The piece of work outlined in these terms of reference focuses on the classification of social and commercial projects, and is one of four projects that will be commissioned to support revision of the Pricing Strategy for Water Use Charges.

Proposals must be submitted via the WRC Business Management System at https://wrc.microsoftcrmportals.com/

KSA : Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 1: HYDROLGOICAL AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES.
Programme 1: WATER SENSITIVE AND RESILIENT SETTLEMENTS.
Title : Barometer study on users perceptions on water services
ToR ID : 1009861
Contact Person:
Research Manager: Mr Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Coodinator: Mr Nkateko Kubayi nkatekok@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 06 September 2021

Brief description of ToR

To establish the level of users satisfaction with the current provision of water services in Municipalities.

KSA : Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Title : Enhancing water services authority/provider performance and identification of good practices through benchmarking
ToR ID : 1009860
Contact Person:
Research Manager: Mr Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Coodinator: Mr Nkateko Kubayi nkatekok@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 06 September 2021

Brief description of ToR
The purpose of the NBI is to promote sustainable water services through both performance assessment and performance improvement. Central to this purpose is the identification of best practices and providing a platform where water services institutions can share and learn from best practices as well as identify areas requiring improvement, together with solutions.

KSA : 1&2 (Water Resource Management and Ecosystems).
Thrust 2: HYDROLGOICAL AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES.
Programme 3: CATCHMENT PROCESSES.
Title : Guidance document on conjunctive use (identified as Integrated Water Use Management).
ToR ID : 1009863
Contact Person: Yazeed Van Wyk <yazeedv@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 05 November 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Strategic Water Sector Cooperation (SSC) between Denmark and South Africa (DWS) is a long-term bilateral cooperation, which amongst others are contributing to the South African water sector by sharing practical
experience and providing expert input into the gaps in the South African groundwater guideline municipal sphere in order to add long term value to the South African work on optimizing the utilization of groundwater.

KSA : 1&2 (Water Resource Management and Ecosystems).
Thrust 2: HYDROLGOICAL AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES.
Programme 3: CATCHMENT PROCESSES.
Title : Guidance document on Groundwater Scheme Development (identified as Installing groundwater schemes).
ToR ID : 1009864
Contact Person: Yazeed Van Wyk <yazeedv@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 05 November 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Strategic Water Sector Cooperation (SSC) between Denmark and South Africa (DWS) is a long-term bilateral cooperation, which amongst others are contributing to the South African water sector by sharing practical
experience and providing expert input into the gaps in the South African groundwater guideline municipal sphere in order to add long term value to the South African work on optimizing the utilization of groundwater.

KSA : 1&2 (Water Resource Management and Ecosystems).
Thrust 2: HYDROLGOICAL AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES.
Programme 3: CATCHMENT PROCESSES.
Title : Guidance document on Management of Groundwater Schemes.
ToR ID : 1009865
Contact Person: Yazeed Van Wyk <yazeedv@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 05 November 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Strategic Water Sector Cooperation (SSC) between Denmark and South Africa (DWS) is a long-term bilateral cooperation, which amongst others are contributing to the South African water sector by sharing practical
experience and providing expert input into the gaps in the South African groundwater guideline municipal sphere in order to add long term value to the South African work on optimizing the utilization of groundwater.

KSA : 1&2 (Water Resource Management and Ecosystems).
Thrust 2: HYDROLGOICAL AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES.
Programme 3: CATCHMENT PROCESSES.
Title : Guidance document on Groundwater Data collection.
ToR ID : 1009866
Contact Person: Yazeed Van Wyk <yazeedv@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 05 November 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Strategic Water Sector Cooperation (SSC) between Denmark and South Africa (DWS) is a long-term bilateral cooperation, which amongst others are contributing to the South African water sector by sharing practical
experience and providing e

KSA : 1&2 (Water Resource Management and Ecosystems).
Thrust 2: HYDROLGOICAL AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES.
Programme 3: CATCHMENT PROCESSES.
Title : Guidance document on Protection Zones (Delineation and Protection).
ToR ID : 1009867
Contact Person: Yazeed Van Wyk <yazeedv@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date : 05 November 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Strategic Water Sector Cooperation (SSC) between Denmark and South Africa (DWS) is a long-term bilateral cooperation, which amongst others are contributing to the South African water sector by sharing practical
experience and providing expert input into the gaps in the South African groundwater guideline municipal sphere in order to add long term value to the South African work on optimizing the utilization of groundwater.

KSA : Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 1: WATER SENSITIVE AND RESILIENT SETTLEMENTS.
Programme 1: Smart water supply management.
Title : Barometer study :Users perceptions on the state of water services.
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date :

Brief description of ToR

To establish the level of users satisfaction with the current provision of water services in Municipalities.

KSA : Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 1: WATER SENSITIVE AND RESILIENT SETTLEMENTS.
Programme 4: Water services Institutional and management programme.
Title : Examining the opportunities for community-based service providers/enterprises in water services delivery.
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

Responsibility for water supply development rests on the State as part of a policy ‘to ensure universal access to water and sanitation for all. As per the Constitution, the authority to develop water supply within their jurisdiction primarily rests on local governments, who must act consistently with national and provincial policies and strategies. Water supply development includes many aspects: planning, construction, operations and maintenance, and monitoring and control of services governed through the Municipal Systems Act and Water Services Act.

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 :Increasing water use, productivity and savings in full bearing macadamia orchards under micro-irrigation.
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Prof Sylvester Mpandeli sylvesterm@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

To determine the impact of water stress at different phenological stages on the yield and quality of macadamia orchards over two seasons, and to optimise irrigation practices in different macadamia cultivars.

KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management.
Thrust 4: Sanitation‐Sensitive Design(SSD).
Programme 3: Municipal Sludge Valorisation.
Title : Development of Curricula for Non‐Sewered Sanitation including Municipal Sludge Valorisation Approaches.
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Water Research Commission (WRC) has generated a plethora of world‐leading research into non‐ sewered sanitation. This includes ground‐breaking research into pit latrine science, the drying kinetics of faecal sludge and the development and science advancement of various novel household and community‐ based sanitation systems. Despite the generation of this knowledge, there has little uptake of thisresearch into university curricula with conventional systems, specifically sewered system design, remaining entrenched within the academic learning space. Under the constrained resource availability and urbanisation trends expected, the next generation of sanitation engineers, scientists and decision‐makers need exposure to alternative approaches in this field.

KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management.
Thrust 4: Saniti.
Programme 2: Sanitation Sensitive Design.
Title : Development of a Framework and Model for Designing Sanitation Sensitive Cities.
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

The vision of a Sanitation Sensitive City is one where water and sanitation and circular economy principles is given due prominence in the design of urban area. The premise is that future cities will need to transition into sustainable ecocities in which uses of resources are reduced, recycled and reused. At the same time, it aims to protect society from disease‐causing and environmentally degrading waste and introduce business approaches linked to recycling and re‐use. The aim is to enable economies and societies in general to become more sustainable, autonomous, sustainable and in aligned with the realities of limited environmental resources, including water, energy and food.

KSA 3: Climate Change Flagship Programme.
Thrust :Cluster 3 ‐ Climate Change, Water Services Operational and Local Impact.
Programme :Energy Use Efficiency as Climate Change Adaptive Measure for Water Services.
Title : Piloting energy audits and energy efficiency as a climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy for the South African wastewater sector and framing its use in the Drop Certification Programme.
ToR ID : 1009844
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

Climate change effects such as temperature increase, drought, floods, more frequent storm events and rising sea levels cause negative impacts at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs. These impacts include declining wastewater quality, higher energy demand and increased treatment requirements. Since climate change is here to stay, the impacts need to be proactively addressed for long term sustainability of wastewater treatment operations.

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust :Sustainable Integrated Wastewater Resource Futures.
Programme :Effluent Treatment, Volarization and Reuse.
Title : Piloting irrigation using partially‐treated gold mine‐impacted water as a long‐term sustainable solution for mine water from the Witwatersrand Basins.
ToR ID : 1009843
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Eastern, Central and Western Basins of the Witwatersrand goldfields straddling Johannesburg and surrounding towns has witnessed mass‐scale cessation of gold mining operations since the late‐1990s. Termination of pumping of water from the mines in these Basins has resulted in mine flooding, leading to acid mine drainage (AMD) formation in the mine voids.

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 3:Sustainable Integrated Wastewater Resource Futures.
Programme 1:Quantification and Minimization of Water Use and Effluent Production.
Title : Natsurv 19: Water and wastewater management in the Winery Industry (Edition 1).
ToR ID : 1009846
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

To review and document water and wastewater management within the winery industry and generate the first edition Natsurv report for the South African winery industry

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 3:Sustainable Integrated Wastewater Resource Futures.
Programme 1:Quantification and Minimization of Water Use and Effluent Production.
Title :Natsurv 15: Water and wastewater management in the oil refining and re‐refining industry (Edition 2) and update of Natsurv 4 on water and wastewater management in the dairy industry.
ToR ID : 1009845
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

To review and document water and wastewater management within the refining and re‐refining industry as part of the first stage of revisions of the Natsurv series and provide an update of Natsurv 4 on water and wastewater management in the dairy industry.

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 2: Water Quality Futures.
Programme 4: Emerging issues and substances of concern in water.
Title :Scoping study on the use of water fingerprinting techniques for water pollution monitoring and assessment.
ToR ID : 1009853
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

Environmental water quality monitoring and pollution assessment is a fundamental tool for water resources management and it is important for safeguarding against adverse effects from multiple chemical and biological contamination arising from anthropogenic diffuse emissions and point sources. The nature and source, temporal‐spatial pattern, transfer process and intensity of pollution vary significantly area to area. Knowing the source(s) of pollution, loads and associated impacts in a water body is of great value in water quality management as it can inform pollution control and remedial actions required.

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 1: Water sensitive and resilient settlements.
Programme 2: Water services Institutional and management issues.
Title : Towards a systematic review of the Water Services Authority mode.
ToR ID : 1009852
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

Consolidate existing knowledge, capturing successes and failures, and identify gaps for future research, to inform an evidence‐based approach for future improvement of the Water Services Authority (WSA) model

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 5: Water sensitive and resilient settlements.
Programme 4: Water services Institutional and management programme
Title :The DDM model and its implications on Water Services Legislation, planning and regulation.
ToR ID : 1009851
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

The President in the 2019 Presidency Budget Speech (2019) identified the “pattern of operating in silos” as a challenge which led to “to lack of coherence in planning and implementation and has made monitoring and oversight of government’s programme difficult”. The consequence has been non optimal delivery of services and diminished impact on the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and employment.

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 4: Water sensitive and resilient settlements.
Programme 4: Water services Institutional and management programme
Title :A survey into the municipal water by‐laws and its application in terms of improving the water services environment.
ToR ID : 1009850
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

The Constitution of South Africa gives municipalities the power to pass their own legislation, in the form of by‐laws, for particular subject areas. These by‐laws hold the same power and force as other national and provincial legislation. By‐laws are laws that are passed by the council of a municipality to regulate the affairs and the services the municipality provides in its area of jurisdiction. A municipality derives the power to pass a by‐law from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, which gives specified powers and competencies to local government as set out in Part B of Schedule 4 and Part B of Schedule 5. By‐laws are laws managed by municipalities.

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 3: Water sensitive and resilient settlements.
Programme 1: smart water supply management.
Title : Scoping study to transition Municipalities into a smart water management model within the current legislation environment.
ToR ID : 1009849
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

Smart Water Management (SWM) is the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to provide real‐time, automated data for use in resolving water challenges. SWM can be used for planning and operational purposes, from daily use to organisational and policy planning at a range of scales, across contexts and regions. SWM enables governments, industries and utilities from around the world to integrate smart principles (using ICT) into their urban, regional and national strategies. The potential application of smart systems in water management is wide and by applying SWM infrastructure real‐time solutions can be implemented and broader networks can work together to reduce current water management challenges.

KSA 3: Water Use, Wastewater Resources and Sanitation Futures.
Thrust 2: Water sensitive and resilient settlements.
Programme 1: smart water supply management.
Title : Exploring next generation water loss tracking, compliance, management and performance solutions.
ToR ID : 1009848
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

The previous decade saw the introduction and growth of smart water advancements in the water metering industry. Growth in the space of platforms such as IoT and advanced communications systems, have allowed water utilities around the world to improve control of their water systems and better understand them. As the industry moves into a new space, the growth of these technologies is expected to not only increase but also help revolutionize water system management for decades to come.

KSA 1: Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust 1: Governance and institutional arrangements.
Programme 2: Policy, science, and implementation.
Title : Mobilising knowledge and capacity to support ongoing water law reform in South Africa.
ToR ID : 1009841
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

Review the state of capacity and knowledge on water law, together with identification of gaps and needs, to renew attention on water law as an essential field of research, training and practice

KSA 1: Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust 3: Water resources and ecosystem protection and utilization.
Programme 1: Resource directed measures
Title : Ecological infrastructure‐climate change and economy nexus through revised present ecological state (PES) lens.
ToR ID : 1009842
Contact Person: Jay Bhagwan jayb@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Brief description of ToR

The research has followed silo approach in most cases, where Ecological infrastructure, or resilience to climate change, green economy are not thought and dealt with as a complex, yet they are inter-dependent as in a nexus. The country is missing the state of water resources report, particularly on water quality. Present Ecological State (PES) has the ability to generate this, provided the decade old PES is reviewed and enhanced with latest scientific advancement such as the ecological infrastructure, climate change and economy in a nexus. Therefore the overall aim of this call is to develop a decision support framework that brings the real world of socio-ecological complexity through integrating the economic development demands and impacts of climate change on water resources health.

KSA : KSA 7 Corporate Services (Falling under Shaficks area)
Thrust : Sustainable capacity building of the water sector
Programme : WRC Water Academy
Title : Investigating, Developing and Implementing a WRC Academy from Conceptualisation to Pilot Phase.
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Emelda Pillay <emeldap@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date: 25 June 2021

Brief description of ToR
The Water Research Commission established through the Water Research Act, has the primary function
of achieving highly informed water decision-making through science and technology at all levels in all
stakeholders’ groups and innovative water solutions through research and development for South Africa
and the world. This purpose is envisioned to be implemented through the following key activities:
- Promote coordination, cooperation and communication in the area of water research and
development.
- Establish water research needs and priorities.
- Stimulate and fund water research according to priority.
- Promote the effective transfer of information and technology.
- Enhance knowledge and capacity building within the water sector.

KSA : Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust :
Programme: National Siltation Strategy
Title : Development of a Pilot Implementation Plan
ToR ID : 1009837
Contact Person: Lesego Gaegane < lesegog@wrc.org.za >
Closing Date: 5 May 2021

South Africa like a number of countries around the world relies heavily on dams to provide essential bulk water supply to its population. Despite extreme climate change events most surface water bodies can naturally regulate their input and output loads of sediment. The construction of dams disrupts normal surface water and sediment flow, leading to sediment being trapped in dams unavailable for essential downstream ecosystem functioning, erosion and ultimately resulting in a reduction in storage capacity of dams over time. Increasingly sediment removal from dams through dredging is seen as a potential way in which to regain lost storage capacity.

KSA 30: Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust : Governance and Institutional Arrangements
Programme : Cooperative governance for water resource management
Title : Participatory course to activate water pricing learning networks
ToR ID :1009836
Contact Person: Michelle Hiestermann michelleh@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 17 May 2021

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 of social learning, credible evidence and knowledge management. It has been determined in South Africa, as in most countries, that water pricing is complex - with multiple tiers of pricing, multiple tariffs within each tier and numerous institutions playing a role. There is a need within many of these institutions, especially decision makers and EI4WS project partners to strengthen understanding of the governance arrangements, processes and theory underlying water pricing and economic regulation in order to be able to engage effectively with the concepts and language used in pricing strategies, research reports, and policy-making and tariff-setting processes. Experience through the EI4WS and other projects has shown that many of the actors who engage with different water pricing processes have an incomplete understanding of the theory and practice. A strengthened network of water pricing learning would enable participants to collectively develop understanding of the theory underpinning water pricing and its expression within the particular context of South African policy and law. Using their understanding of the current water pricing regime, including its strengths and weaknesses, participants will be empowered to re-imagine future possibilities. This in turn will enable participants to engage capably with both the further development of policy and strategy relevant to water pricing in South Africa (e.g. the pricing strategy for raw water use charges), and consultation processes undertaken by various authorities to revise water tariffs.

KSA 35: Special Programme
Programme : PepsiCo Foundation / CAF America - Safe water network
Title : Demonstration of Pour Flush Latrines in Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, Limpopo Province
ToR ID : 1009834
Contact Person: Dr Sudhir Pillay – sudhirp@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 12 May 2021

The Pour Flush toilet developed through from funding from Water Research Commission (WRC) combines the advantages of both waterborne and Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrine systems while eliminating their disadvantages. It has been tried-and-tested in the field for more than 6-years now and the results to date indicate that this is an appropriate step up the sanitation ladder from the basic VIP. There is a need for more demonstration projects to be built over South Africa so that role players in the sanitation sector can see for themselves how the system works and can satisfy themselves that this is a reliable and sound option for the future.

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KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Development of a gender intentionality strategy and framework for SASTEP
ToR ID :1009833
Contact Person: Akin Akinsente <akina@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date: 26 March 2021

Gender is a socially and culturally constructed ideas of what it is to be male or female in a specific context.
Intentionality means the fact of being deliberate or purposive on a particular issue. Gender intentionality
can therefore be loosely defined as the fact of being deliberate or purposive on gender issues. There is a
perception that gender intentionality is biased towards the female and exclusion of the male gender.
Gender intentional as opposed to gender neutrality is more inclusionary and takes a view of the diverse
needs of both genders. The interrogation of issues through a gender lens tends to result in better outcomes
for society as the needs, aspirations and rights of different groups are not taken for granted or glossed over
but actively examined to produce an inclusive outcome.

The SmartSAN Grand Challenge aims to fund revolutionary sanitation ideas and concepts that, if having good potential, will be supported and accelerated across the innovation value chain to facilitate disruption of the current binary sanitation engineering paradigm. SmartSAN is focussed on the development of household or communal / residential sanitation systems. The perfect solution would be a toilet system that has a high user acceptance and is aspirational, offers user convenience, does not require sewers for functioning, and eliminates pathogens, sludge production and the need for constant water and energy supply while generation products and services of economic value. For Phase 1 of SMARTSAN, the WRC is seeking innovative and revolutionary ideas for treating human faecal waste in which proof-of-concept can be determined. This links below provide the details of the strategy and performance and design criteria specified to match the WRC’s vision of new sanitation.

Due Date: 18 Jan 2021 for submission of EOI

Download: SmartSAN Brief

Download: EOI template

The Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)
are launching the Water Seed Fund of up to R200,000 per project which will be made available for
innovation-oriented projects conducted by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Small and Medium
Enterprises (SMEs) in the water sector. The objective of the WRC TIA Water Seed Fund is to support
pre-seed and seed activities with the intention to develop innovations into next stage “investor fundable”
opportunities. With this funding, the WRC and TIA intend to increase the rate of commercialisation of
water-related intellectual property (IP) generated from South African research and development.

Due Date: 29 Jan 2021 for WRC - TIA Water Seed Fund Call for Innovations addressing South Africa’s Water Challenges

Download: EOI Call document

Download: EOI template

KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management
Thrust 4: Saniti
Programme 2: Sanitation Sensitive Design
Title : Strategies to recover resources from sanitation waste: Developing
a national sanitation resource recovery policy based on material
flows (quantity and quality)
ToR ID : 1009831
Contact Person: Dr Sudhir Pillay <sudhirp@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date: 18 January 2021

Total Funds Available: R1 500 000.00 (Year 1: R500,000, Year 2: R500,000, Year 3: R500,000)

Many cities are not considered sustainable as they do not utilise resources efficiently. There is a desire to
transform from linear take-use-dispose consumption of goods and services towards circular economy
principles of reducing, reusing and recycling. The generation and subsequent safe treatment of sanitation
waste is an integral part of city planning. The sanitation supply chain is critical aspect of the urban water
chain and offers several opportunities to recover resources and the close the resource loop in towns and
cities. Under conditions of limited natural resources, population growth and rapidly urbanizing populations,
a paradigm shift may be required that considers sanitation waste as a resource with potential for material
and energy recovery. Opportunities are available for water, organic matter, phosphorus, nitrogen, heavy
metals, and energy recovery

Water innovations market demand analysis in the mining sector
KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 2: Impact Expansion
Title : Water innovations market demand analysis in the mining sector
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze <chantalrk@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date: 04 December 2020

The mining industry has for many decades contributed significantly to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, this is at an externalised environmental cost including negative impacts on surface and groundwater, poor waste management, acid mine water formation and ecological degradation. Section 28 of the MPRDA imposes full rehabilitation of the mining area on the mine owner; whilst the National Water Act requires that mine owners cease, modify, comply, eliminate and remedy pollution impacts on water resources.

Improving the sustainability of social-ecological innovations applied in the water sector to enhance water security
KSA 9: Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 2: Impact Expansion
Title : Improving the sustainability of social-ecological innovations applied in the water sector to enhance water securityContact Person: Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze <chantalrk@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date: 04 December 2020

Social-ecological innovation is defined as social and process innovations that create new concepts, strategies, ideas, organisations and institutions that are able to enhance the capacity of social-ecological systems that generate essential ecosystem services (Stockholm Resilience, 2018). It has been noted over time that innovation is not always for the better, in opposition with sustainable futures and safeguarding equitable human development.

Developing and Piloting the Water Graduate Employment Programme for Unemployed Graduates

KSA 9: (Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Water utilisation for poverty reduction and wealth creation in agriculture
Programme 2: (Capacity building and training programmes)
Title : Developing and Piloting the Water Graduate Employment Programme for Unemployed Graduates
Contact Person: Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze <chantalrk@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date: 27 November 2020

According to Statistics South Africa (StatsSA 2020), Youth account for 63% of unemployed persons in South Africa with an unemployment rate of 43%. Amongst this percentage are unemployed graduates with an unemployment rate of 33%. Investing in employment pathways and platforms for unemployed graduates is central to firstly, building on past education investments and secondly, creating economic buffers that support New and Just Transitions. The National System of Innovation (NSI) framework and the Master Plans, aimed at economic recovery, raise these key factors and the need for inclusive socio-economic development. The vulnerability of unemployed graduates in the South African labour market cannot go unaddressed and should be viewed as a key initiative within South Africa’s Economic Recovery Plan.

Enhancing water and food security through improved agricultural water productivity: new knowledge, innovations, and applications
KSA 4: Water Utilisation in Agriculture
Thrust 3: Water utilisation for poverty reduction and wealth creation in agriculture
Programme 2: Integrated water management for profitable farming systems
Title : Enhancing water and food security through improved agricultural water productivity: new knowledge, innovations, and applications
ToR ID : 1009826
Contact Person: Sylvester Mpandeli - sylvesterm@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 15 December 2020

The general aim is to edit a book that provides a synthesis of existing knowledge, case studies and best practices related to agricultural water use and water productivity from the global South and other key global regions

Development of a framework for water quality-based COVID-19 Epidemiology Surveillance for Non-Sewered Communities
KSA 3: Water Use and Waste Management
Thrust 4: Saniti
Programme COVID-19
Title : Development of a framework for water quality-based COVID-19 Epidemiology Surveillance for Non-Sewered Communities
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Dr Sudhir Pillay – sudhirp@wrc.org.za
Closing Date: 13 November 2020

The infectious Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The main transmission route of the virus appears to be through respiratory drops from infected individuals and direct contact with surfaces that have a viable virus. Scientific evidence from around the world has shown that both the viable virus and remnants (genetic material) can also be detected in the human faecal waste of some infected individuals. This knowledge has been applied to develop a complementary wastewater-based COVID-19 epidemiological surveillance tool.

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.

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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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My role in mitigating the impacts of drought: Lessons from the Western Cape through a video for all stakeholders
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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.

The Implementation of the Integrated Algal Pond System at Barberton in Mbombela Municipality
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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

KSA 1&2: Water Resource Management and Ecosystem
Title : TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE GROUNDWATER RESOURCE DIRECTED MEASURES (GRDM) METHODOLOGY UPDATE; SOFTWARE ENHANCEMENTS AND TRAINING
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Mr Yazeed Van Wyk <yazeedv@wrc.org.za>, Ms Gerda Kruger <gerdak@wrc.org.za>
Closing Date: 12 February 2021

Total Funds Available: R4 000 000 (vat incl)
Year 1: R1 500 000
Year 2: R2 000 000
Year 3: R500 000

Chapter 3 of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) (NWA) focuses on the protection of South Africa’s water resources. This is meant to ensure that water is available for current and future use. Protection therefore involves the sustaining of a certain quantity and quality of water to maintain the overall ecological functioning of rivers, wetlands, estuaries and groundwater.

International Calls

The Great Zimbabwe University under the auspices of WaterNet is co-hosting an international conference on COVID-19 in partnership with the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) under the theme “Unpacking the Science, Economics and Politics of COVID-19”. COVID-19 has caused various challenges and problems worldwide. At least 4.5 billion people globally have been under lockdown whilst the pandemic has directly infected at least 127 million people and resulted in at least 2,78 million deaths as of 29th March 2021. Both developing and developed countries are trying to embrace the so-called ‘NEW NORMAL’ to curb the pandemic which seems to be happening in different “waves”. The economic, social and political dynamics associated with COVID-19 remain veiled in obscurity. This conference therefore seeks to unpack the science, economics and politics of the pandemic with a focus on understanding its impact on the Southern Africa region's population, health, education, agriculture, economic, business, technology and religious systems. Please find attached invitation and the link herein for submission of abstracts https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icc19.

Call for Abstracts: 31st March 2021
Deadline for Abstract Submission: 10th June 2021
Notification of Selected Abstracts: 24th June 2021
Registration Opening: 1st July 2021
Close of Registration: 15th July 2021
Deadline for Submission of Full Papers: 15th September 2021

For more information, please contact nmarozhe@gzu.ac.zw

Note that you will need to set up an EasyChair account (if you do not already have one) before you login for your submission. Kindly register as an author, all other roles will be done through invitation. When completing the submission form on EasyChair, you will see a space which asks for an abstract to be typed in or pasted

Click here for submission of abstracts

Click here for Minister COVID-19 Advert

Click here for ABRIDGED GZU COVID-19 CONFERENCE CALL DOCUMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

New BiodivERsA and Water JPI Call launched

Biodiversa Funding Rules

BiodivRestore-CallAnnouncement_VF for mail dissemination

2020-2021 COFUND Call for Transnational Research Proposals on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems”

[NB: the call includes a focus on aquatic systems but all environments are eligible]

 

BiodivERsA and Water JPI are pleased to announce that their transnational 2020-2021 joint Call on “Conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity, including a focus on aquatic systems” is now open.

 

CALL PRIORITIES

 

This call will cover the following three non-exclusive themes:

  • Studying the biological and biophysical processes at stake for conservation/restoration, and their interactions
  • Assessing trade-offs and synergies between targets, benefits and policies for conservation and restoration
  • Knowledge for improving the effectiveness and upscaling of conservation and restoration actions

 

This joint call includes a focus on freshwater aquatic systems but ALL ENVIRONMENTS (I.E. TERRESTRIAL, FRESHWATER AND MARINE) ARE ELIGIBLE.

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Research teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with eligible partners from minimum 3 countries participating in the call (including minimum two from EU Member States or EU Associated Countries).

 

For applicants from the overseas: provided the latter criterion is met (Partners from at least two different EU Member States or Associated Countries participating in the call), for proposals including Partners from outermost regions and overseas countries and territories participating in the call, the outermost regions and overseas countries and territories can be counted as a specific participating country (for the criteria: at least three different countries).

 

Proposals have to be exclusively written in English.

 

 

Looking for a partner or a project to join?

Use our Partner Search Tool available here

Join the Water JPI Researchers Forum on LinkedIn

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

 

The research proposals will be evaluated across the following criteria:

  • Step 1 (in the event of that a large number of pre-proposals is received and an evaluation of pre-proposals is performed): (i) fit to the scope of the call, (ii) scientific excellence (with a focus on novelty of the research proposed), and (iii) societal and policy impact;
  • Step 2: (i) excellence; (ii) quality and efficiency of the implementation and (iii) impact (including societal / policy relevance and approaches to stakeholder engagement).

 

For both steps, it is also expected that the international added value of the projects is clearly presented. The detailed list of evaluation criteria to be used for this call is available in the call documents.

 

PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

 

31 funding organisations from 27 countries are planning to join this call and have reserved – together with the European Commission – a total amount of over 20 Million Euro. Their participation in the call will be confirmed very soon.

 

Tentative list of participating countries

Austria, Belgium, Brazil*, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (including Azores), Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Tunisia

 

* Please, consult the Funding Organisation Rules for the information on the Brazilian States involved

 

Each Partner in a funded project will be preferentially funded by their national/regional organisation(s) participating in the call. Please note that each research Partner in a project must comply with the eligibility criteria and rules of its funding organisation.

 

CALL SCHEDULE

 

A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory submission of pre-proposals at the first step and submission of full proposals at the second step, via an Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). The link to the EPSS will be available soon on the BiodivERsA and Water JPI websites.

 

Call timeline:

  • Launch of the call: Monday 5 October 2020
  • Deadline for pre-proposals submission (mandatory): Monday 7 December 2020, 16:00 CET (local time in Brussels).  South African applicants are also encouraged to share their proposals with the WRC prior to submitting to the BiodivRestore Call secretariate. The pre-proposals should be submitted to Mr Tiyani Chauke at tiyanic@wrc.org.za

Please note that the nature of the evaluation at the first step (pre-proposals stage) will depend on the number of pre-proposals received.

  • If a very large number of pre-proposals is received, a first scientific evaluation of pre-proposals will be organized and the deadline to submit full proposals will be the 3 May 2021.
  • Otherwise, only an eligibility check of pre-proposals will be performed and the deadline to submit full proposals will be the 15 March 2021.

The actual deadline to submit full proposals will be communicated by the end of December 2020.

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

Make sure to consult the complete announcement of opportunities and all supporting documents as well as Funding Organisation Rules on the BiodivERsA website and on the Water JPI website.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE: an information webinar will be organised on 27 October 2020, from 14:00 to 15:30 CET to answer all your questions about this call.

To participate, please register here.

 

 

 

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

The Water Research Commission (WRC) of South Africa and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)
are launching the Water Seed Fund of up to R200,000 per project which will be made available for
innovation-oriented projects conducted by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Small and Medium
Enterprises (SMEs) in the water sector. The objective of the WRC TIA Water Seed Fund is to support
pre-seed and seed activities with the intention to develop innovations into next stage “investor fundable”
opportunities. With this funding, the WRC and TIA intend to increase the rate of commercialisation of
water-related intellectual property (IP) generated from South African research and development.

Due Date: 29 Jan 2021 for WRC - TIA Water Seed Fund Call for Innovations addressing South Africa’s Water Challenges

Download: EOI Call document

Download: EOI template

KSA :   9 International & Stakeholder Engagement Unit

Programme : 23rd NSTF-South32 Awards.

Tile :  The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) calls for nominations for the 23rd NSTF-South32 Awards.

Contact person :  Dr Mamohloding Tlhagale- mamohlodingt@wrc.org.za

Closing date :   1st March 2021

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.