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 Hlengiwe Cele  
Sasol and the WRC collaborate to improve water research

Sasol and Water Research Commission (WRC) formalized their forty two years research of partnership on Friday, 26 April 2013 at Emerald Casino, Vanderbiljpark.

A partnership between Sasol Technology and the Water Research Commission (WRC), through a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will see both parties collaborate on finding new technologies and opportunities to conserve water in South Africa.

Sasol Technology will offer the use of some of their Research and Development (R&D) Piloting facilities in Sasolburg and Secunda to researchers and academics from the WRC for research in conjunction with Sasol Technology teams.

Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, WRC CEO said, “Through this partnership, we want to fortify our science, technology and innovation partnership to ensure a higher input of knowledge and workable technologies to empower responsible water citizenship at all levels to ensure a water successful future for our beautiful country. We are also confident that with the huge support of national and provincial governments, we have the right partnership formula to ensure its sustainability.”

This partnership will also see the creation of a joint research commission (JRC) which will oversee and monitor the partnership and seek out new opportunities for collaboration on other water conservation matters. The Sasol-WRC agreement will include amongst others, collaboration in the following key research areas;

  • Climate change;
  • Water resource availability and accessibility;
  • Catchment management and water quality improvement;
  • Water footprinting and best practices for the private and public sectors;
  • Water conservation and water demand management;
  • Technological development for the treatment and management of water, waste water and residual by-products;
  • Residual by-product treatment and management (ash, brine and sludge management);
  • Ecosystems remediation and rehabilitation;
  • Groundwater impact, vulnerability and remediation.

 Sasol and Water Sense

Sasol is also promoting efficient water use in its own operations. The company’s largest operations in South Africa are dependent on the water-stressed Vaal River System, which supplies most of Sasol’s water requirements in South Africa.

Sasol further launched a group-wide initiative, Water Sense, which aims to align its water stewardship practices throughout its various operations around the world. It is the platform from which water-related issues are co-ordinated and responded to, to address water security risks, regulatory risks and the increased societal awareness of water becoming a scarce and valued resource.

Contact : Stakeholder Liaison, Hlengiwe Cele ,012 330 9006 /083 266 9781 or Email hlengiwec@wrc.org.za

Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs , Mrs Rejoice Mabudafasi
Deputy Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs  with the WRC and Sasol senior management
Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, WRC CEO
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