Directed Calls

Understanding bound water content and water binding strength in Faecal Sludge from on-site sanitation technologies and human faeces
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009781
Closing Date : 1 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

The understanding of faecal sludge dewatering and drying behaviour remains a major bottleneck in the cost-efficiency
of current faecal sludge beneficiation technologies.
This project seeks to address two challenges in parallel; i) provide insight to the scientific processes that limit
faecal sludge dewatering and drying processes, with emphasis of water binding in faecal sludges, and ii) to develop
appropriate techniques and methodology to scientifically evaluate water binding in faecal sludges.
It is envisaged that the research will result in following benefits. First, it will provide process optimization for
volume and mass reduction which can reduce the cost of transport and subsequent treatment. Second, sludge that is
processed with a low moisture content and significant organic content can be repurposed into biofuel. And lastly,
the research will result in the development of standardized methods for faecal sludge characterization.

Guidelines for the Utilisation and Disposal of Faecal Sludge: Requirements for the Collection and Subsequent Disposal or Valorisatiion of Faecal Sludges
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009782
Closing Date : 01 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

To develop Guidelines for Faecal Sludge Collection and subsequent Disposal or Valorisation that regulatory authorities,
managers and practitioners responsible for faecal sludge management can easily understand and incorporate as part of
their service provision operations.

Quantities and Quality of Poop and Pee in School Sanitation Facilities
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009783
Closing Date : 01 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

Rural school sanitation has in the recent years been under the spotlight due to unfortunate incidents of school
learners falling into latrine structures. Research produced by the WRC has shown the challenge to be linked to
deficiencies in sanitation infrastructure management, limited technical options for rural schools which are largely
confined to dry, latrine toilets, and user behavior challenges. In response to challenges experienced with school
latrine toilets, President Cyril Ramaphosa requested an audit of school sanitation infrastructure.
The audit revealed that there are 3 898 schools that require appropriate sanitation interventions.
To address this challenge, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the “Sanitation Appropriate for Education” (SAFE) initiative
that aims to replace latrine structures with new models that take into account the joint water-energy constraints.
New engineering approaches would need to be guided by data that define the operational limitations for rural school sanitation.
The WRC has identified a knowledge gap in this regard and this project aims to provide a combination of observational
data coupled with empirical research to understand the relationships that can inform the development of new school
sanitation options.

Closing Date : 15 June

Contact : Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za

To examine and provide insight to the policy and regulatory factors and barriers for water sector RDI uptake in South Africa

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KSA 03
ToR ID - 1009778
Closing Date : 29 June 2019
Contact Person:-
Email Subject Title: Revision of the 1996 South African Water Quality Guidelines: Volume 3 - Industrial Water Use

Email Queries
Scientific : johnz@wrc.org.za
Administration: benniem@wrc.org.za

To revise the 1996 South African Water Quality Guidelines: Volume 3 – Industrial Water Use and
develop a software-based decision support system able to provide both site-specific and generic
risk-based South African water quality guidelines for industrial water use.

KSA 1-2
ToR ID - 1009779

Closing Date : 29 June 2019
Contact Person:
- Mr Bonani Madikizela bonanim@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Ms Penny Jaca pennyj@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

To review and develop an electronic based decision support system (software) able to provide
both site-specific and generic risk-based water quality guidelines for South African aquatic
ecosystems

Future Sanitation Entrepreneurs and Industrialists - Expression of Interest (EOI)
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Future Sanitation Entrepreneurs and Industrialists Scan Questionnaire
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KSA 13
ToR ID - N/A
Closing Date : 12 July 2019
Contact Person:- Email Subject Title: Future sanitation entrepreneur and industrialist scan
Email Submissions: rowenac@wrc.org.za
Queries: Charmaine Twala
Phone:  012 761 9322

The South African Sanitation Technology Evaluation Programme (SASTEP) is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), with the Water Research Commission (WRC) providing programme implementation and support services. The programme aims to foster a local sanitation industry (manufacturing and services) that would increase access to proper sanitation, reduce pollution, improve water security, create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities and contribute to the country’s GDP.

The programme is aligned to the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) strategy to address commercialisation, localisation and manufacturing by bringing on board capable commercial partners to provide an industrial support base for the local and regional markets. The intent of the programme is to support and accelerate the application and uptake of the new sanitation technologies through demonstration, testing and science-based improvements towards localisation and industrialisation.

Local Sanitation Technology Scan - Expression of Interest (EOI)
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Local Sanitation Technology Scan Questionnaire
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KSA 13
ToR ID - N/A
Closing Date : 12 July 2019
Email Subject Title: Local Sanitation Technology scan
Email Submissions: rowenac@wrc.org.za
Queries: Akin Akinsete
Phone:  012 761 9322

The South African Sanitation Technology Evaluation Programme (SASTEP) is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), with the Water Research Commission (WRC) providing programme implementation and support services. The programme aims to foster a local sanitation industry (manufacturing and services) that would increase access to proper sanitation, reduce pollution, improve water security, create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities and contribute to the country’s GDP.
The programme is aligned to the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) strategy to address commercialisation, localisation and manufacturing by bringing on board capable commercial partners to provide an industrial support base for the local and regional markets. The intent of the programme is to support and accelerate the application and uptake of the new sanitation technologies through demonstration, testing and science-based improvements towards localisation and industrialisation.

WEF Nexus Project

KEY STRATEGIC AREA (KSA) 4: Water Utilisation in Agriculture

THRUST 3: Water utilisation for poverty reduction and wealth creation in agriculture

PROGRAMME 1: Sustainable water – based agricultural activities in rural areas communities

ToR ID : 1009762

Closing Date : 15 May 2019

Market Analysis: Determining the extent and potential of a Water-Smart Agriculture market in South Africa

KSA 9
ToR ID - 1009761

Closing Date : 15 May 2019 Extended from the previous call on FMS
Contact Person:
- Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze chantalrk@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Ms Sandra Fritz sandraf@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

The Agricultural sector in South Africa contributes approximately 3% to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and plays a significant role for employment and job creation. The sector is dependent on approximately 63% of the countries water allocation. Variable rainfall patterns not only affects dam and surface water but also groundwater recharge. Rising temperatures, climate change and droughts have serious long-term consequences for South Africa’s food security. When coupled with the growing impacts on the quality of our water sources due to e.g. pollution from agricultural run-off, South Africa requires a focused approach to shifting the sector to more sustainable practices.
In a water stressed South Africa, conventional agricultural practices such as irrigation, mitigation of production losses and yield improvement continue to exacerbate detrimental environmental effects and water constraints in South Africa. Studies have shown that there is an increasing interest in agricultural innovation by investors in response to the state of water in South Africa. Reducing pollution and soil degradation, improved information systems, models and rolling out of water efficiency technologies for irrigation are emerging as key opportunities for sustainable farming. As much as fruit and wine farmers are embedding sustainable and water efficient practices and technologies into their operations, the potential size and focus of a Water Smart Agriculture (WSA) market in South Africa requires crucial consideration.

Market Analysis: Determining the extent and potential of a water to energy market in South Africa (waste and small/micro hydro)

KSA 9
Thrust 3 - Business Development
Programme 2 - Impact Expansion
ToR ID - 1009760

Closing Date : 15 May 2019 Extended from the previous call on FMS
Contact Person:
- Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze chantalrk@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Mr Bennie Mokgonyana benniem@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

Global reports approximate the waste to energy market value at USD 28.43 billion in 2017 towards an expected USD 42.74 billion by 2025. The Waste Water Treatment to Energy (WWTtE) market saw capital and operational investments of USD 531 million in 2017. When considering that wastewater is a carrier of over 50% of waste resources that is either lost or unrecovered as materials, energy and water, why is this circular opportunity not being taken up? The City of Cape Town working with New Horizon Energy saw a R400 million waste-to-energy investment project, that was upfront deemed viable, put on hold. What are the blockages and pathways to market being missed by current research?

 

The status of wastewater as an untapped resource in South Africa
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My role in mitigating the impacts of drought: Lessons from the Western Cape through a video for all stakeholders
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The Implementation of the Integrated Algal Pond System at Barberton in Mbombela Municipality
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International Calls

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Open and Special Calls

WADER Annual Water Accelerator Call

WRC WADER BMS Portal User Guide
Water Accelerator EOI Template

Contact
Email Subject Title: WADER Water Accelerator Proposal
Administrative queries: sarahr@wrc.org.za
Scientific queries: Dr Manjusha Sunil

Closing Date: 31 July 2019

The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from
technology developers/vendors in response to the annual WADER Water Accelerator Call focusing on
technologies/solutions that would contribute to key objectives of the National Water Roadmap.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with the Water Research Commission
(WRC), has established WADER to pull together the applied research and development and commercialisation
stages of the water innovation continuum. Acting as an innovation intermediary, the Programme’s mission is
to facilitate high-level, collaborative technology demonstrators from the public and private sectors to maximise
the potential of the water innovation value chain.