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Sustainable Water Management in Africa

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Course Title

Sustainable Water Management in Africa


22 July to 2 August 2019


The ‘Sustainable Water Management in Africa’ course at UCT is aimed at the next generation of critical thinkers. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to critically engage with the environmental, technical, socio-cultural, economic and political challenges of water demand, supply and treatment to create an understanding of the role of water in society and in sustaining livelihoods. One of the main focus areas of the course is strong engagement with the interdisciplinary / transdisciplinary research paradigm and particularly its role in integrated water management.


The course provides the necessary contextual information to allow people from any background to participate meaningfully, and students from the African continent as well as South Africa will also be encouraged to apply.


Objectives of the course include: providing key theoretical themes and concepts; exposure to the African context; and facilitating critical thinking and analysis to foster paradigm shifts through engagement with both practical applications and intractable problems. Interactive time is focused on discussion, debate, and tactile engagement through workshops and serious games / activities.


The desired outcome of this course is to challenge participants to consider water in a new way, and to enable them to be able to apply learnings in their own context.

Field Trip


Academic Field Trips:

·         The Water Hub, Franschhoek

·         Langrug Informal Settlement



Robben Island and Cape Peninsula Tour (Cape Point, Boulders Penguin Colony, Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak)

Target Audience

Honours (4th year) students, Masters students, PhD students


Further specifications: No prior knowledge of water management is required.




The course is offered as an inter-disciplinary course that will benefit from a cohort of students from diverse educational backgrounds and level of qualifications. Candidates should be able to communicate well in English.


Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes

Lectures, interactive discussion, debate, tactile engagement, lab skills



Interactive short activities, field report / position paper and a group assignment


Credits equivalent at host university & contact hours


24 credit equivalents (notionally equates to 240 hours of study time – 80 hours of which are direct / contact time with the students [64 hours in lectures / symposia and 16 hours on the field trip) and 160 hours of which the students are expected to spend on self-study.


The course will run over a 12-day period (Mon through to Fri week) with the Saturday and Sunday as free days, and one day will likely be spent on presentations (and development). The field trip will occupy two days out of Cape Town. All other days will be run as 8 hour contact days, with the expectation of some preparatory self-study on 5 evenings.


Name of Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)


Prof Neil Armitage                           Dr Kirsty Carden

Prof George Ekama                          Dr Dyllon Randall

Prof Sue Harrison                            Dr Jennifer Broadhurst

Dr Amber Abrams                            Prof Horman Chitonge

Prof Mugsy Spiegel                          Dr Kevin Winter

Prof Aqiel Dalvie                              Dr Tom Sanya

Dr Gareth Haysom                           Ms Nikiwe Solomon

Dr John Okedi




Check-in date: Students must arrive by the weekend (Sunday) prior to the Start of the Programme.

Students will be able to check in from 2 pm.

Check-out date: Students must depart by the weekend (Saturday) after the end of the Programme.


Students have the option to stay longer, at their own cost, and provided the accommodation facility is alerted in good time to ensure availability of rooms.



Tuition fees: $ 1000 including Programme Coordination & Academic Component

Accommodation, including any deposits: $ 825

Field trip: $ 425 including excursions (transport & entry fees) to local attraction sites

Textbook fees: None

Miscellaneous fees: $ 520 Group Facilitation & Administrative

Living expenses: $ 230 including Programme meals (welcome lunch & closing dinner)


 TOTAL COST: $ 3000

Visa Requirements

Visa requirements are country specific & each student must ensure they check the RSA entry requirements that apply to their particular passports. Visa fees are for students’ own costs.


Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)

All students must secure a comprehensive insurance policy from their home country, covering all aspects of their visit to RSA (including travel insurance, medical care, accident & emergency cover, repatriation etc.)



Application Instructions

Please email to request for application form.

Application Closing Date