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Wetland-in-a-Box™ is getting Wiiings, and not the Red Bull kind

Wetland-in-a-Box™ is getting Wiiings, and not the Red Bull kind

Hold on to your Hats, Western Cape, Here comes the Wetland-in-a-Box™

The City of Cape Town (CoCT) Metro laid a groundbreaking foundation for Innovators to submit ideas and solutions to their first Water & Sanitation Indaba, at the illustrious Century City Convention Center, from 21 to 23 March 2023. I wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Meagan Donnelly and the rest of the CoCT Team of Facilitators that organized this momentous event in absolute stellar fashion.

We, of course, submitted our Wetland-in-a-Box™ technology idea in late February, as one of the first Innovators to do so, and was invited to exhibit, together with 32 other Innovators.

But fate stepped in, also in February, when we concluded the Service Level Agreement with the Head of the Scientific Department of the Department of Water & Sanitation (DWS), in support of his PhD Study, at the University of Pretoria, entitled:

Evaluating the performance of a hybrid constructed wetland for the remediation of municipal effluent as an alternative to failing wastewater treatment works.

where he selected the Wetland-in-a-Box™ as the most suitable “…hybrid constructed wetland…” technology to facilitate the Study. And, what’s more, our very own Dr Anthony Mader has been selected to be Co-Supervisor to the Study (as Industry Expert) and yours truly as the Technical Specialist tasked with building the mobile Wetland-in-a-Box™ laboratory and ongoing support and maintenance over the term of the Study. Fate strike one!

And then, again in late February, we were commissioned by Mr. Rory Masureik of Klipheuwel (some 30 minutes away from Century City), to implement the very first domestic Wetland-in-a-Box™ application (4 x Bioreactors) in the Western Cape, to repurpose saline/sodic groundwater for irrigation purposes. Fate strike two!

Dr Johan (Jo) Kruger and I flew down to CTN on Monday night, 20 March, and on Tuesday we set up the demo model and four high-gloss A1 posters (thanks to Jo for his gracious contribution) in our allocated booth 21 (see the video below), situated in the best possible position. Fate strike three!

And then we found that we were the very first, out of 33 Innovators across 4 themes, to present to our theme’s panel of experts on Wednesday at 13:00 (10-minute time-slot with 5 minutes Q&A; no pressure!). Fate strike four!

We arrived at the venue on Wednesday morning and waited with abated breath for the Indaba to be formally opened just after 11:00 by Mr Geordin Hill-Lewis, Executive Mayor, with an introduction to the Innovation Showcase (see video below).

And then, after his opening speech, booth 21 was the very first to be visited by Mr Hill-Lewis (see, fate hit the third time to make this a reality…), where we demonstrated the Wetland-in-a-Box™ vertical up flow patent (with the demo model) to him and his entourage. “I will be watching this space…” was the parting words from a member of the Mayor’s entourage (I will still get his name). Fate strike five!

And then, on Thursday, one of our Co-exhibitors approached me with a proposition to prepare a quotation for a single bioreactor application for his swimming pool (we talked about it on Wednesday afternoon), in Centurion, Gauteng, so that he can replace the traditional chemical treatment (chlorine and hydrochloric acid) for natural, biological treatment, found in the Wetland-in-a-Box™. Fate strike six!

So, how many strikes does it take to realize that fate (or Divine intervention) is at work here? SIX! In the space of 6 weeks, and in a sequence so surreal it smacks you with a Mike Tyson uppercut straight in the face! I don’t believe for one moment that this is simply random occurrences of luck.

Watch this space, indeed! Wetland-in-a-Box™ is getting Wiiings, and not the Red Bull kind…

Gerhard Janse van Rensburg

PS – Check out our online Wetland-in-a-Box™ brochure here: https://gt421.cip21.online/about/wiab/

Apologies for the poor audio visual quality of these videos.

Premier of the Western Cape, Mr. Alan Winde

Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Mr. Anton Bredell

My Guest Tonight With Annika Larsen 22 February 2023

My Guest Tonight With Annika Larsen 22 February 2023

Eskom’s De Ruyter Strikes Back

Blows the lid on ANC corruption, political interference and worse load shedding this winter!

Outgoing Eskom chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter says that the available evidence shows that the governing African National Congress (ANC) sees the embattled power utility as an ‘eating trough’.

Watch this strikingly revealing video below. Shocking!

Source: eNCA

Reflection on Our Choice in the 2024 General Election

Reflection on Our Choice in the 2024 General Election

Where will You Feature in the 2024 Elections?

Professor Anthony Turton reflects on the sociopolitical paradigm shift that is about to happen in South Africa next year – Are you prepared?

“As we exit our traditional summer vacation, when the entire country slowly emerges from its decompressive slumber, I reflect on what I see happening around me. As I focus on specific matters, I start to systematically unclutter my mind. This is a skill that I have honed over decades of support to decision-makers under conditions of high risk and extreme uncertainty, typically with contested information, often from sources of varying reliability. This core skill has served me well in my professional career, so I apply it again in this reflection.”

Read the full story here (a definite must read!): Tony on Facebook

Inwoners werk self aan Emfuleni se waterprobleme – KN Verslag 7 April 2022 kykNET

Inwoners werk self aan Emfuleni se waterprobleme – KN Verslag 7 April 2022 kykNET

Action against the Raw Sewer Pollution into our Water Catchment Areas and the Historical Infrastructure Backlog

An Elegant, Technological Innovation – Engineering Solutions in partnership with Mother Nature

Residents tackle water problems in Emfuleni – KN Verslag |// 7 April 2022 | kykNET Stephen Tau reports about the water issues in Emfuleni and what residents are doing about it. CORRECTION: This report is NOT an Emfuleni for Change (EfC) representation, but an Emfuleni Change Intervention Programme (CIP) presentation. Gerhard Janse van Rensburg is NOT the Chief Executive Officer of EfC, but the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the CIP. The Reporter apologizes for this mistake.

Watch the video below for the full story.

Source: kykNET

Aksie teen die Rou Riool Besoedeling in ons Water Opvangsareas en die Histories Infrastruktuur Agterstand

‘n Elegante, Tegnologiese Innovasie – Ingenieursoplossings in Vennotskap met Moeder Natuur

Inwoners werk self aan Emfuleni se waterprobleme – KN Verslag | 7 April 2022 | kykNET Stephen Tau berig oor inwoners wat self die waterprobleme in Emfuleni aanpak. KORREKSIE: Hierdie verslag is NIE ‘n Emfuleni for Change (EfC) nie verteenwoordiging nie, maar wel ‘n Emfuleni Change Intervention Programme (CIP) aanbieding. Gerhard Janse van Rensburg is NIE die Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van EfC nie, maar wel die Stigter en Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van die CIP. Die Verslaggewer maak verskoning vir hierdie fout.

Verwys na die video hieronder vir die volle storie.

Oorsprong: kykNET

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