From 21 November to 2 December six process controllers from wastewater treatment facilities of the metropolises Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban will come over to the Netherlands for an exchange programme. Main aim is to learn and experience the Dutch practice on the plants. This exchange is part of the project Centre of Expertise Water in South Africa, which aims introduction of new technologies and capacity development in the South African water sector.
The six South African participants will get some concrete assignments to make improvement plans at their own plants. The plans will be inspired by the experiences during their stay in The Netherlands. During the programme the participants will visits some (waste)water plants like RWZI West in Amsterdam, Harnaschpolder, Berenplaat and RWZI Terneuzen. Seven thematic workshops will be organized to show and discuss some topics, like maintenance activities, energy recovery, sludge, HRM and skills development. This will be related to the South African practice. The World Water Academy (WWA) will prepare and execute a Training of Trainers programme with some side steps on into coaching, mentoring and change management. This should give the participants some skills to support the implementation of their plans. WWA will also support the participants with the elaboration of the assignments.
In the spring of 2017, the three Dutch organisations will make a return visit. This return visit will also focus on the implementation of the ideas.
As one of the founding fathers, WWA will preare and organize parts of this process controllers exchange together with with Vitens-Evides International and World Waternet.
For more information: Johan Oost