In November 2015, the Watershare community welcomed the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) as a Gold Member. WRC’s CEO, Dhesigen Naidoo, and his KWR counterpart, Wim van Vierssen, signed the Watershare partnership agreement during the official signing ceremony of the Dutch Trade Mission in Johannesburg, South Africa. The South African Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, and Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, were present.
Promoting water research in South Africa
The accession of WRC brings the number of Watershare members to 15. Within Watershare, a community of institutes share their knowledge and expertise in the global water sector. WRC and KWR had already been collaborating for several years in their research. WRC’s membership in Watershare creates new opportunities to generate knowledge and promote water research in South Africa, applying the different Watershare tools.