The Water Institute of Southern Africa’s (WISA) Young Water Professionals (YWP)  Empowerment Platform invites all like-minded young professionals in the field to its 6th Biennial Conference to be held for the first time in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The event will take place from the 20th to the 23rd of October 2019 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) and promises to be the best edition thus far.

The theme for this year’s event is “My Water, My Business” and seeks to shine a light on the business side of water while also reminding attendees that everyone uses water and as such, water management is everyone’s business. The multi-disciplinary programme comprising of workshops, presentations, technical tours and networking sessions caters for everyone in the field and also aims to establish and nurture collaboration partnerships which are essential for a water-scarce country.

This is an open invite to all young water professionals. Whether you are a researcher, a water practitioner, an academic, a business minded individual or you simple have an interest in any aspect of water management, we urge you to put your water hat on, get your briefcase and join us in making water our business. See you in Durban.

Message from the conference lead

I am very pleased to welcome you to the 6th WISA Young Water Professionals Biennial Conference. I believe we have chosen a venue that guarantees a successful conference amidst the culture and scenery of Durban, KwaZulu Natal.

I recognise that the success of this conference depends ultimately on many people and stakeholders who are, and will work together with us in planning and organizing this event. I would like to thank all the stakeholders partnering with us in this initiative. As an African proverb says ‘Injobo ithungelwa ebandla’ we truly cannot do this without you.

We have chosen ‘My Water, My Business’ as our conference theme.
This realises that there is still a backlog in the provision of water and sanitation services and those who have these services are not treating them as precious and scarce. I would like us as the future leaders to use this platform to remind each other about the required level of accountability needed to conserve our water resources. The precious nature of water provides a perfect breeding ground for water businesses and the involvement of entrepreneurs. This comes at a time when WISA has just undergone structural changes that seek to align with the country’s governing policies and be responsive to the transformation agenda. I thus invite technical, academic and business minded youth to come and empower each other during this conference.

Lindelani Sibiya
Conference Lead