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.