Background

The South African National Committee on Large Dams (SANCOLD) has revised its constitution and will be restructured as the new SANCOLD.  The new SANCOLD will continue, as in the past, to represent South Africa on ICOLD, the International Commission on Large Dams and will support ICOLD's mission in South Africa.

The new SANCOLD’s mission will be to advance the science and art of planning, design, construction, operation, management, maintenance, rehabilitation and decommissioning of dams, to develop South African water resources in a safe, financially sound, ecologically and socially sustainable manner.  The new SANCOLD is thus committed to fostering technical excellence and good practice in all of these aspects of the dam industry.

SANCOLD was often seen as being an elite organisation, only narrowly representative of the true role players in the industry.  The new SANCOLD will, however, be constituted to be inclusive, widely embracing and democratically representative of the dam community in South Africa.  The new SANCOLD will thus be a vehicle to bring the various groups, inevitably involved in projects concerning dams and water resources, closer together.

The new SANCOLD Management Committee is democratically elected, and strives towards demographic, gender and young-person representation on the elected committee.  The new structure of SANCOLD is shown on the organogram and set out in the new Constitution.  The full transition to the new dispensation was accomplished by the end of 2011.

 

 

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Dam Safety in the Mining Environment

The need was identified for a training workshop on “Dam Safety in the Mining Environment” hosted by SANCOLD in collaboration with Exxaro from 25 to 26 October 2018. Although the workshop will focus on the mining environment, all stakeholders involved with “dirty water” dams will benefit from this training workshop.

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Dam Surveillance 5 to 6 November 2018           

A training workshop on “Dam surveillance including the art of measurements, proper interpretation and the importance of inspections” will be hosted by SANCOLD from 5 and 6 November 2018.

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SANCOLD Annual Event 2018

The Annual South African National Committee on Large Dams (SANCOLD) 2018 Conference will be held at the NH Cape Town Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West in the Western Cape from Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 November 2018.

SANCOLD invites all from South Africa, Africa and the wider family of ICOLD to participate in the Conference which will include technical presentations, technical tours and an exhibition. This event will offer all those contributing to the dam engineering industry including dam and water resources engineers important international, regional and local linkages, networking and the exchange of knowledge and experience opportunities.

SANCOLD 2018 will be an ECSA Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited event and attendance for all three days will receive 3.0 credits (1 credit/day).

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