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  • 15 Aug 2013 10:15 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)


    Months of planning and hard work have paid off for EWB-Wits’s Biodiesel team: the first batch of biodiesel fuel has been produced. The project, lead by Robert Louw, has been constructed to convert waste cooking oil from the dining halls and various vehicles that operate on Wits campus to a useable fuel. The plant is situated on West Campus and operates as a 200l batch process based on the Appelseed design.

    As renewable energy, waste reduction and carbon emissions are carrying increasing weight in local conversations, the visionary team pioneered this plant to show what is possible. No doubt, it is time that projects of this nature are adopted in South Africa on a larger scale. Plans are being hatched to extend the project to other campuses across the country.

    Congratulations to the project team lead by Robert Louw – this is really quite an achievement. The project is done in partnership with Oricol Environmental Services.

  • 01 Aug 2013 10:17 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    2014 EWB-Unisa Team photo

    A hearty welcome to EWB-Unisa. We are excited to have you part of the EWB-SA family. The UNISA chapter is a hub to connect correspondence students of UNISA outside Gauteng to already established EWB chapters in South Africa. The EWB-UNISA committee is based in Johannesburg, Florida Campus.

  • 08 Jul 2013 10:19 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)



    We encourage all chapters to take part in the Human Centred Design for Social Innovation Course. EWB-SA is running the course from July – August. Chapters, if you have not yet done it, contact us and we will gladly help you to get started.

    Details: 2hrs prep/week + 2hrs meeting/week for 5 weeks + 2 assignments total; prepare and facilitate one session
    Cost: FREE

    Participants: 2-6 people/team… teams will work independently of each other but all come together for the final session.

  • 01 Jul 2013 10:21 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)


    EWB-SA raised R16 064.53 during our Change4Change Campaign for Nelson Mandela Day and Youth Month! Thank you to AECOM and Hatch Goba who ran campaigns at their offices and doubled employees’ contributions.

  • 01 Jun 2013 10:22 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

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    After twelve months of planning, we are here to stay! The past year has seen many firsts for EWB-SA that I am excited to share with you.

    1. In December 2012 we hosted the first mini EWB-SA National Summit in Gauteng. EWB-UCT, EWB-Wits and EWB-SA committees attended and outlined a way forward for collaboration and mutual support.
    2. We received official status as a Non-Profit Company in January 2013. Currently we are in the process of registering as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), which will allow for tax-exempt donations.
    3. Since March, three new chapters have been established – two student chapters at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the University of Pretoria, and a professional chapter in Cape Town.
    4. An “Ideas to Action” Project Implementation Workshop Series was held as an EWB-SA/EWB-Wits collaboration at Wits University.

    This marks the beginning of what will be a strong focus on training and skills development in EWB-SA. Of course, the two senior student chapters, EWB-UCT and EWB-Wits are continuing to grow, counting over 300 student members to date. For us, the vision behind establishing EWB-SA has been to build bridges that connect retiring engineers with graduates, students with professionals, rural experience with urban reality and global expertise with local passion.

    As engineers we have it in us to be inventors and economic drivers. EWB-SA is setting out on a new path of social innovation, sustainable development and systemic change. We are looking for collaborators who accept the challenge ahead and are prepared to share in our values. If you have Passion for innovation, engineering and development, if you can work in Collaboration with others to achieve a shared vision and if Professionalism underlines your work ethic we invite you work in Collaboration with others to achieve a shared vision and if Professionalism underlines your work ethic, we invite you to become part of our EWB-SA community. It is not about giving back, it is about creating together. Join us!

    Wiebke Toussaint
    National Coordinator

  • 24 Mar 2013 10:23 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)


    EWB-Wits (in collaboration with EWB-SA) is hosting a project management workshop series for all Wits Project Leaders. The three sessions of the ‘Ideas 2 Projects’ workshop are designed to enable student engineers to execute better development projects, taking both community needs and engineering standards into consideration.

  • 02 Dec 2012 10:25 PM | Dhruti Dheda (Administrator)

    EWB-SA National Summit 2012

    EWB-SA’s first National Summit took place in Magliesburg. EWB-SA met with the two student chapters EWB-UCT and EWB-WITS to discuss the future of EWB-SA and where student chapters will link in. It was a successful weekend of brainstorming and teamwork; where the vision, mission and values were set out!

    Thank you to Denis Wong for facilitating the discussions!

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