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SAAE Open lecture at UCT: Decolonising Engineering (Water)

Date From: 02 November 2017
Date To: 02 November 2017
Location: South Africa
Description: Cape Town is experiencing a water crisis that could have been prevented by taking account of sound technical advice. Ethekwini and Gauteng recently faced similar problems and Gauteng could face even worse problems due to delays in the award of contracts for the next phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water project. What do we want from engineers and the engineering professions?
Event Type: Non IChemE
Venue: Snape Lecture Theatre 3B, Upper Campus, Univ. of Cape Town
Organiser: South African Academy of Engineering - SAAE
Contact Name: Ms Heleen Duffey
Contact Email: office@saae.co.za

Cape Town is experiencing a water crisis that could have been prevented by taking account of sound technical advice. Ethekwini and Gauteng recently faced similar problems and Gauteng could face even worse problems due to delays in the award of contracts for the next phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water project. What do we want from engineers and the engineering professions? Do we want leaders who will transform their organisations and society or skilled professionals who will give sound advice and ensure effective delivery of excellent projects? Can we have the whole package? This lecture will provide some perspectives, through the lens of water, on the challenges that engineers and engineering face in a 21st century non-racist, non-sexist, democratic South Africa.

This lecture is open to the public, starts at 17h00 for 17h30, presented by Professor Mike Muller, and will be followed by light refreshments (courtesy of the South African Academy of Engineering - SAAE)


Please RSVP (for catering purposes) by 19 October 2017!
to Ms Heleen Duffey at office@saae.co.za 
Map also available from office@saae.co.za 

Professor Mike Muller
Mike Muller is a professional civil engineer, registered in South Africa and Europe. He was Director-General of SA’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (1997-2005) and a Commissioner in South Africa’s first National Planning Commission (2010-2015). Previously, he managed policy and infrastructure at the DBSA (1988-1994) and water programmes for the Mozambique Government (1979-1988). Between 1990 and 1994, he worked with teams preparing for the democratic transition, drafting the RDP and designing the Public Works Programme.

Mike has written and campaigned successfully on water, health and development issues. He has actively promoted a ‘Southern’ perspective in international engagement as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security (2012-14); and as a member of the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Advisory Committee (2005 – 2011) and the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation (2003-2005), amongst many others.

Currently a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Witwatersrand University School of Governance, his research addresses the achievement of water security in a broad development context. A current focus is on Southern African integration and development and ensuring that approaches reflect African rather than European priorities for achieving regional food and water security in the face of climate challenges.

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