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Sustainable Water Management in Africa

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) offers a Global Summer Program (GSP). The GSP is an exciting learning experience that connects students from IARU universities with their peers from around the world.

The 2017 IARU Global Summer Program offers 22 courses across the globe, of which UCT is hosting one:

UCT1 - Sustainable Water Management in Africa

Draft final schedule:

Please note: It may be possible to attend some lectures ad hoc. Please contact FutureWater@uct.ac.za.

Time Monday
17 July
Tuesday
18 July
Wednesday
19 July
Thursday
20 July
Friday
21 July
Saturday
22 July
Sunday
23 July
08h00 to 09h30   Water and socio-cultural relations (mining) Economics and development policy aspects Field Trip Field trip IAPO tour IAPO tour
09h30 to 11h00 UCT tour with IAPO Water and socio-cultural relations Water in the circular economy Field Trip Field trip IAPO tour IAPO tour
11h00 to 11h15 Morning Tea Break            
11h15 to 12h45 UCT tour with IAPO / Introduction to course - Global water problems Water and health Resource recovery from wastewater Field Trip Field trip IAPO tour IAPO tour
12h45 to 13h45 Lunch break            
13h45 to 15h15 The political economy of water Water quality - monitoring and impact Approaches to water/wastewater treatment Field Trip Field trip IAPO tour IAPO tour
15h15 to 15h30 Afternoon tea break            
15h30 to 17h00 The water landscape in South Africa as example of a water-scarce developing nation The water-food-energy nexus Approaches to water/wastewater treatment Field Trip Field trip IAPO tour IAPO tour
Evening   Movie night          
               
Time Monday
24 July
Tuesday
25 July
Wednesday
26 July
Thursday
27 July
Friday
28 July
Saturday
29 July
Sunday
30 July
08h00 to 09h30 Developing a working knowledge of sustainable urban water management Information and Communication Technologies Wicked water problems Presentation Preparation Future Water Symposium Free Free
09h30 to 11h00 Developing a working knowledge of sustainable urban water management Water distribution systems / Aqualibrium game   Presentation Preparation Future Water Symposium Free Free
11h00 to 11h15 Morning Tea Break            
11h15 to 12h45 Developing a working knowledge of sustainable urban water management Water distribution systems / Aqualibrium game The impact of legislation on water management / institutional aspects Presentation Preparation Future Water Symposium Free Free
12h45 to 13h45 Lunch break            
13h45 to 15h15 Water Sensitive Design - Architectural aspects Skills-based learning IDTD approaches to water management Presentation Preparation Future Water Symposium Free Free
15h15 to 15h30 Afternoon tea break            
15h30 to 17h00 WSD Communities of Practice / Sustainability indicators Skills-based learning Towards a sustainable approach / Wrap up of programme Presentations Future Water Symposium Free Free
Evening       Course dinner Cocktail party    
               

More info on the IARU GSP website.

Please note: There may still be positions available on this course (after the deadline), please contact Ms Kiki Rakiep:  kiki.rakiep@uct.ac.za

Closing Date for Application: 10 May 2017

More info:

AN INTER-DISCIPLINARY COURSE
This course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to examine the current water crises, trends and conditions in developing countries. It critically engages with the technical, social, cultural, economic, political, economic and environmental challenges of water demand, supply and treatment with an understanding of the role of water in society and in sustaining livelihoods. Further, it addresses the need to derive maximum benefit from each water resource used while incurring minimum burden and the need to secure “new taps” in a water sensitive urban design context.

Field Trip:
A field trip will be included in which an analysis of water demand and supply in a small country town will be integrated with a survey of the impact of water supply, demand, quality and equitable distribution on sustainable livelihoods.

Target Audience:
The course will be offered as an inter-disciplinary post-graduate course that will benefit from a cohort of students of diverse educational backgrounds. The course is also open to other individuals interested in Sustainable Water Management in Africa.

Prerequisite:
All candidates will be required to hold a primary degree, equivalent to a 4-year degree in South Africa and to be able to communicate well in English. 3rd year students are also welcome to apply.

Learning outcomes:

  • A working knowledge of urban water management.
  • A working knowledge of water scarcity, its link to climate change and its impact on developing nations.
  • An understanding of key technologies for water supply, demand and quality, and their intrinsic link to the water-food-energy nexus.
  • An appreciation for the circular economy and the nature of technologies under development to support it.
  • An appreciation for the deep-seated role of water, its availability and its quality in the social fabric and the under-pinning of sustainable livelihood with an appreciation of the impact of culture, privilege and inequality.
  • Engagement with IDTD research paradigm and role in integrated water management.

Sustainable Water Management in Africa
Credits and Contact Hours:

  • 24 credits (This notionally equates to 240 hours of study time – 80 hours of which will be direct / contact time with the students [60 hours in lectures and 20 hours on the field trip]; and 160 hours of which the students are expected to spend on self-study. We generally assume a 2:1 ratio of selfstudy to contact time in these sorts of courses).
  • 60 total contact hours (classroom)
  • Approximately 20 field-trip hours (excluding self-study hours)
  • The course will run over a 12-day period (Mon through to Fri week) with the Saturday and Sunday as a free day.
  • The field trip will occupy a two-day period, out of Cape Town.
  • All other days will be run as a 7 hour contact day, with the expectation of some preparatory selfstudy on 5 evenings

Course Content:
Introduction to Global Water Problems
The Political Economy of Water
The water landscape in South Africa as an example of a water-scarce developing nation
Water and Socio-Cultural Relations
Water supply & distribution
Developing a working knowledge of urban water management
Approaches to water treatment
Water quality – monitoring and impact
Water in the circular economy
The impact of legislation on water management
Governmental institutional constraints on water management
Water and health
The water-food energy nexus
IDTD approaches to water management
Wicked water problems – case studies
Towards a Sustainable Approach

Date: 
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 08:00 to Friday, July 28, 2017 - 18:00
Venue: 

UCT and site visits

Contact Information: 

Course material or individual lectures: FutureWater@uct.ac.za

Ms Kiki Rakiep Kiki.Rakiep@uct.ac.za or Ms Nicola Latchiah nicola.latchiah@uct.ac.za