The African Utility Week took place earlier this year from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The African Utility Week is Africa’s leading trade expo for the power and water sector providing business opportunities for solution providers, utilities and large power/water users. And EWB-SA was proud to be a part of it.
EWB-SA member and event coordinator Anthony Fry, who initiated the interactive series on water from mid-March this year along with EWB-UCT, presented at the African Utility Week. The water series had aimed to use the current Western Cape drought as a catalyst for new learning platforms, projects and research surrounding water in South Africa. He showcased some of the sanitation solutions that emerged from the water series at the Innovation Hub session, where emphasis was placed on education and skills development.
Ralph Muvhiiwa is the chairperson for Engineers Without Borders at the University of South Africa (EWB-UNISA). Muvhiiwa was nominated for the Young Energy Leader Award at the African Utility Week. This award recognises a person under the age of 35 from a public or private company who has made an outstanding contribution to the energy/water sectors. He was nominated for the EWB-SA activities that he does at Unisa, specifically the production of biogas from cow dung. He also presented this topic at the event where he talked about the biodigester in Muildersdrift and how this technology can help fight against energy poverty.
Ralph Muvhiiwa met up with Anthony Fry at the event and they both had a meeting with the team from Impulse Water to try identify potential synergies between them and EWB-SA. They carry out many projects, mainly water projects and they would be willing to ask for students to work on these projects when the need arise.