Newsdetails BORDA Africa

14.09.2016 09:21 Category: News form BORDA Africa
by Bjoern Petruschka, BORDA Africa

Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) Conference Durban, South Africa, 15-19 May 2016

The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) held in May its biannual conference in Durban, South Africa. The event attracted more than 2,000 delegates from different segments of the sector. Organised under the theme ‘Water: the ultimate constraint’, the conference hosted 54 sessions, 26 parallel workshops, and more than 50 exhibitors who showcased a variety of innovative technologies.


Delegates from BORDA and partner organizations including eThekwini Municipality and the Pollution Research Group from the University of KwaZulu Natal attended the conference as session hosts and participants. These delegates shared their research results, made oral presentations, presented posters, and contributed to discussion sessions as experts in the field.  

Conference organizers conducted a visit to the Newlands Mashu Research Site, attended by a delegation of 60 guests. The visit proved to be a success and served as an effective conclusion to the WISA Conference 2016. Durban provided the perfect platform, as eThekwini Municipality was named the 2014 winner of the prestigious Stockholm Industry Water Award for its transformative and inclusive approach to providing water and sanitation services. The city is recognized as a leader in innovation as the operator of the most progressive water utility in Africa.

The next WISA conference will be held in Cape Town in 2018.