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Inga Jacobs  
 The WRC Water Dialogues

The Water Research Commission is pleased to announce the launch of Water Dialogues that are expected to draw the attention of the water sector and the public at large. The aim of these dialogues is not conversion or to reach agreement on core beliefs, but aims to create a platform to  listen to each other, to come to know one another, and hopefully to respect each other. The WRC Dialogues are discussion-based events on topical water issues affecting the South African public, the aim of which is to serve as a platform to exchange ideas and opinions related to water. In this regard, the WRC Dialogues are guided by the principles of transparency, openness and honesty; plurality of perspectives and inclusivity, mutual respect; a commitment to problem-solving and mutual accountability; and in the broader interest of knowledge sharing. The value of the WRC’s role as convenor of these events lies in its ability to be a neutral knowledge broker as South Africa’s premier water knowledge resource.

There are three types of dialogues that are organised in this series:


Wat-Indabas are typically closed facilitated sessions held under the Chatham House Rule due to the sensitivity of the subject matter being discussed. The aim is to provide a ‘safe and protected space’ for knowledge sharing and to further an understanding between stakeholders with unequal relationships, significant conceptual gaps, and perhaps even a degree of mistrust. Wat-Indabas will often span several sessions and involve the progressive unpacking of key issues related to the subject matter, with the outcome decided at the onset. Through this discussion platform, participants remain committed to upholding the confidentiality of the talks and use the information strategically in informing future research and policy decisions. Attendance is by invitation only.


The Water Currents Policy Series is a range of convened seminars, often held in partnership with a host of collaborating institutions, and comprising of a panel of experts invited to present different authoritative views on a discussion topic. The aim of the Water Currents Policy Series is to create a forum where panellists express multiple and sometimes divergent perspectives on key issues affecting the water sector in South Africa. A key component of this series is that it is outcome-driven with opinion pieces, policy briefs, and other publications generated after each dialogue.

KHULUMA SIZWE SERIES (The nation speaks)

The Khuluma Sizwe Series is an open lecture platform where high-profile speakers are invited to give talks on very impactful water issues affecting the South African public. These events will be widely broadcast and are open to the public.

The launch of Launch of the WRC Water Dialogues: Water Currents Policy Series will take place on

14 August 2012 in Pretoria under the theme: New Opportunities for Water-related Jobs and Asset Creation. For more information on Water Dialogues Series please contact: Dr Inga Jacobs on 012 330 0340 or email ingaj@wrc.org.za

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