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Collaboration in Water Research

UCT’s identity is underpinned by a commitment to stimulating international linkages of researchers and research groupings. The Future Water Institute furthers research excellence through strategic partnerships.

Enabling diverse researchers and research entities to work collaboratively results in a broader set of outcomes that would not be possible if remaining within disciplinary boundaries.

The following collaborative relationships are highlights and not an extensive list.


  • National authorities

    • Department of Water and Sanitation
  • Local authorities

    • City of Cape Town Municipality
    • eThekwini Municipality
    • Tshwane Municipality
    • Johannesburg Municipality
    • Smaller local authorities throughout SA
  • Industry

    • SASOL
    • Sibanye Gold
    • Eskom
    • Consulting/contracting firms
  • International research groups

    • Water@Leeds
    • European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology (WETSUS)
    • EAWAG Aquatic Research at ETH, Zurich
    • Delft Technical University, Netherlands
    • UNESCO IHE, Delft, Netherlands
    • Federal University of Rio Grande do Sol (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil
    • Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    • University of California Berkeley
  • National research groups

    • Pollution Research Group, UKZN
    • Industrial and Mining Water Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Similar initiatives at UCT

    • African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI)
    • African Centre for Cities (ACC)
    • Minerals to Metals (MtM)


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