South African Water, Energy & Food Forum

30 July 2013 - Montecasino Ballroom

The third annual SAWEF Forum takes place on July 30th 2013 at the Montecasino Ballroom. Followed by the inaugural SAWEF Awards Cocktail Function that evening, where the SAWEF Leadership Award will be conferred and the Nedbank SAWEF Scholarship for Water-Energy-Food Nexus research will be awarded.

For the second year in a row, water crises were named among the top four global risks at the World Economic Forum. The SA Water, Energy & Food Forum brings you closer to understanding & managing dynamic risks posed by the water-energy-food nexus.

  • - Have you read and, more importantly, do you fully understand the National Water Resource Strategy II?
  • - Do you appreciate how the Catchment Management Agencies proposed within the national Water resource Strategy II will impact on your business’s bottom line?
  • - Be part of the dialogue around the formation of the New Social Charter for Mining.
  • - Share your voice in one trillion reasons to discuss South Africa’s nuclear build programme.

Thanks to the SA Water, Energy & Food Forum (SAWEF) the water-energy-food nexus concept is starting to become embedded in the way we view future challenges. Attention now shifts to understanding how best to manage the nexus challenges and steer your company through an increasingly resource constrained future.

Book early to secure your place and avoid missing out on acquiring critical knowledge and insight from leaders in the water, energy and agricultural spheres!

Press & News
SAWEF Paradigm Shifter Series – Paper 1 Acid Mine Drainage

Debunking Persistent Myths about AMD in the Quest for a Sustainable Solution

Introduction   The AMD debate has raged on for a decade now, often manifesting as a series of messy public spats in which attempts have been made to apportion blame and seek redress by well-meaning activists. Central to this debate have been images of chaos, often perpetuated by the media, which include the notion of buildings that are likely to collapse[1] and the city of Johannesburg being in grave peril[2]. Significantly, despite a concerted effort by environmental and social justice activists, all attempts at the apportionment of liability have largely been rejected by the regulator through a protracted legal process. While the status quo has prevailed to the frustration of government, the mining industry and the enlightened public, this decade of contestation has also prevented viable technical solutions from being developed and implemented. It can safely be assumed that a general loss of confidence has resulted – in the government as an arbiter, in the industry as a responsible corporate citizen, in Gauteng as a region of future developmental potential, and in the economy as a safe place to invest foreign capital and create jobs – making us all collectively less well off. This is a classic lose-lose outcome, so how can we turn this into a win-win solution instead?

[1] Tempelhoff, E. 2007(a).
[2] Segar, S. 2013(a).

Press Release No Embargo Thursday 31 July 2013
Professor Kader Asmal and Dr Heinrich Badenhorst scoop inaugural SAWEF Awards Nedbank SAWEF Scholarship Photo credits: Nedbank SAWEF Scholarship from left to right: Dr Heinrich Badenhorst, Mr Mike Brown (CEO, Nedbank), Deputy Minister of Water Affairs Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Mr Anthony Turton Read more →

Deputy Minister’s Speech – SAWEF 2013

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SAWEF Press Release No Embargo – 4 July 2013
The South African Water, Energy & Food Forum announces Youth Ambassador to carry nexus message to future leaders A Parktown Girls grade 12 pupil, Johara Naidoo, one of Generation Earth’s promising young leaders and member of its water steering committee, has been chosen as the South African Water, Energy & Food Forum’s Youth Ambassador for the 2013/14 year. She will be formally inducted at the upcoming SA Water, Energy & Food Forum hosted at Montecasino on July 30th. As SAWEF Youth Ambassador Johara will carry a clear message to the Youth of South Africa: Read more →