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Official launch ‘Bridging the water: co-create to learn & experience’


The project ‘Bridging the water: co-create to learn & experience’ has officially been launched on the 1st of February at the Durban University of Technology. In the coming three years this project aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in the South African water sector. Dutch and South African partners co-create solutions in water education to improve water management, water services and the livelihood of citizens. The deputy Mayor of Durban, Ms Fawzia Peer, launched the project by signing an orange ball. Orange for Dutch and for the Orange Knowledge Programme as funding. All collaborating partners signed the ball too and throwed and catched the ball. The ball symbolizes team play, diversity and specialism of the partners, and a joint goal and commitment to the project.

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Dutch and South African cooperation

Agnes Maenhout, Director of Wateropleidingen/World Water Academy is the project director and she is excited to get the big numbers of partners on the same-water-capacity-page. Co-creating on the job training and living labs. The topics will be in the field of water and wastewater treatment. Innovate and improve operating and maintenance. Our team shares the passion for water!

Nuffic selected this project as the Orange Knowledge Program for institutional collaboration for South Africa. Various Dutch and South African partners work together in the project 'Bridging the water'. This consortium creates a diversity to make a successful project.

Mervin Bakker, Regional Director at Nuffic Neso South Africa elaborated: “We are excited that with the launch of this project, the Orange Knowledge Programme will also be set in motion. We look forward to facilitating cooperation and co-creation in education between South Africa and the Netherlands in the coming years and that we will jointly achieve sustainable results with a focus on having meaningful impact.”

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TUDelft, Wateropleidingen/World Water Academy (delegated project manager), HS Rotterdam, CEW Leeuwarden and Waterschap Brabantse Delta on the Dutch side and University of Cape Town, Durban University of Technology, Salga, City of Cape Town and Ethekwini from South Africa. The consortium creates a diversity to make a successful project. A large number of representatives of the partners attended the launch.

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The project 'Bridging the water' starts in February 2019 and runs until the end of 2021. For more information about the project, please contact Agnes Maenhout at info@worldwateracademy.com.