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Water Research Commission

South Africa • Gezina


The WRC was established in terms of the Water Research Act (Act No 34 of 1971), following a period of serious water shortage. It was deemed to be of national importance to generate new knowledge and to promote the country’s water research purposefully, owing to the view held that water would be one of South Africa’s most limiting factors in the 21st century

The strategic direction of the WRC is focused on:

- An integrated approach to meeting South Africa's societal and water-sector R&D needs

- Provision of integrated solutions to invariably complex, inter-disciplinary problems

- Ongoing strategic identification of needs (short, medium and long-term needs, both explicit and implicit)

- Investment in knowledge creation, transfer and dissemination in a set of 5 Key Strategic Areas (KSAs).

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Sub-Saharan Africa University, education or research institution

Projects in SuSanA database: 3

2014 - 2018

South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) – Reinvented Toilet Technology Demonstration and Roadmap to Commercialization

Testing the latest in cutting-edge sanitation solutions in order to assess and evaluate for feasibility of widespread use and commercialization in rural and peri-urban areas.

Testing the latest in cutting-edge sanitation solutions in order to assess and evaluate for feasibility of widespread use and commercialization. (BMGF-DST Partnership, focusing on BMGF grants previously funded under the RTTC scheme) The Department of Science and Technology (DST) South Africa and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) …

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Project ongoing since: 2005

WRC Research Projects

South African Water Research Commission (WRC) supports sustainable development through reseach funding, knowledge creation and dissemination

WRC does not carry out research itself but administers research funds at a national level. WRC provides the country with applied knowledge and water-related innovation, by continuously translating needs into research ideas and, in turn, transferring research results and disseminating knowledge and new technology-based products and processes to …

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2012 - 2016

Sanitation Research Fund of BMGF/WRC (SRFA): Knowledge-based Solutions for Onsite Dry Sanitation Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa

Characterisation of pit contents and developing innovative techniques for pit desludging and subsequent sludge management in low income urban areas.

The SRFA Project was established through a USD 2.5 Million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The project aims to stimulate local competency and capacity in the sanitation sector in the Eastern and Southern African Regions, and to provide solutions based on good scientific evidence related to up-scaling dry sanitation …

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Water Research Commission
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0031 Gezina
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Projects: 3
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