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Business: WaterTec Africa 2009 - Filling Up Fast


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Whilst local suppliers are seemingly indifferent to the opportunities South Africa’s looming water crisis presents, the same can’t be said for international companies with an eye for business. Serean Thomson of Exhibition Management Services; co-organisers of the upcoming international WaterTec exhibition and conference says the exhibition scheduled for Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 11 June is filling up fast. South African companies who should have a better grasp of the need to promote their products and services at this particular time are slow in coming forward. Exhibition stands are being snapped up instead by international companies who recognise WaterTec as a platform from which to exercise their export ambitions.

“We have international pavilions from China, Taiwan, Britain and India whilst individual companies have booked from Ghana, Italy, Turkey, the United States of America and Germany”, says Serean. The types of products these companies intend introducing into South Africa include; water meters, centrifugal, submerged slurry, dredging, multistage, flue gas desulfurising pumps; butterfly, ball, gate, y-strainer, globe, sanitary and check valves; mechanical seals; HDPE (high-density polyethylene) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes. In addition, layflat hoses; sanitary fittings, strainers, flanges and fittings for the petroleum, water, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries will be on show.

The Conference

A con-current conference organised by the Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) covers the following topics:

- Current Water Treatment Projects in South Africa

- Waste Water Treatment

- Infrastructure Delivery Improvement Programme – an effective process that improves service delivery

- The Art and Science of Creating Sustainable Water Services Institutions

- The Cost and Benefits of Increasing the Free Basic Water Services Standard

- Water Consumption Patterns in Low Income Areas in the City of Johannesburg

- Precise Leak Detection Technology for Assessing the Condition of Bulk Water Pipelines in South Africa

- The Extent and Impact of Non-Compliant Plumbing Fittings in South Africa

- Blue Drop Status Development and Background

- The Effect of Pre-Ozonation on the Physical Characteristics of Raw Water and Natural Organic Matter (NOM) in Raw Water from different South African Water Resources

- Green Drop Status Development and Background

But Watertec Africa isn’t just targeting South Africa’s water industry. Sub-Saharan countries are literally awash with water related projects at implementation, tender or planning stage. Billions of dollars have been budgeted for dams, reticulation, irrigation, pipelines and desalinisation in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Swaziland and Malawi.

Supporting Organisations

Watertec Africa runs from June 9 – 11 and is co-located with the 6th International Pumps Valves and Pipes Africa exhibition. These events enjoy the support and endorsement of the following institutions:

- The Water Institute of South Africa (WISA)

- The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF)

- The African Water Association (AfWA)

- The Chemical and Allied Industry Association (CAIA)

- The South African Irrigation Institute

For More Information

For more information on the WaterTec exhibition, contact Serean Thomson of Exhibition Management Services.

Tel: +27 (0)11 783 7250 Fax: +27 (0)11 783 7269

E-Mail: Website:

For Conference enquiries, contact Bette McNaughton of Fair Consultants.

Tel: +27 (0) 21 713 3360 Fax: +27 (0) 21 713 3366

E-mail: Website:

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