donderdag 22 mei 2014

For the second time in South Africa

May 2014, start by Johan Oost

 For the second time in South Africa

Working together on water issues in South Africa. Gaining experiences by being there and exchanging expertise between young professionals from The Netherlands, Mozambique and South Africa. And of course, coming up with fresh and new ideas or concepts to put into practice. Not as individual, but as multidisciplinary teams with different nationalities. And all that in just two weeks. That is what Wetskills is about. We are heading for the twelfth edition of Wetskills, which is held in Nelspruit, South Africa.

This is the second time that we organise a Wetskills event in South Africa. In 2012 we were invited by the WISA organisation to organise an event during the WISA conference in Cape Town. Based on that success the involved partners (WISA, NWP South Africa Platform, SA YWP and Wetskills Program) aimed at having a new Wetskills event in 2014, in the framework of the next WISA conference  in Nelspruit. The first preparations already started in the summer of 2013 and intensified after the presentation during the first meeting of RandWater Young Professionals in September. In close cooperation we managed to get preparations and logistics done. And now we are heading for Nelspruit.

I am very happy that we succeeded to have another event in South Africa. With six participants from The Netherlands, two from Mozambique and ten from South Africa we have a nice group of enthusiastic Young Professionals to come-up with great ideas for the four study cases. My sincere thanks goes to the study case providers: RandWater, Water Board Groot-Salland, Centre of Expertise in Durban and World Water Academy. Extra thanks goes to the Netherlands Water Partnership and WISA for setting the framework for this Wetskills Challenge. Last but not least, my thanks go to Nakampe, Janneke and Marga for being the supervising team during this event!

Let’s start!

 Johan Oost
Project leader Wetskills-South Africa 2014


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