South Africa is not well-endowed with major rivers and is an arid country with an average rainfall of about 500 mm which is about half of the world average of 860 mm. Water engineers in South and Southern Africa have had to implement innovative water projects to meet the increasing demands for water for human use, food production, industries and mines, energy and the environment. Large inter-basin transfer projects have been constructed in association with neighbouring countries.
Johannesburg has been selected as the venue for the 84th ICOLD Annual Meeting. It is a modern, centrally located city and provides good facilities for the meeting. Johannesburg was formed after the discovery of gold in 1886. The city is not located on a major river and all water has to be imported from various distant sources. The mining of gold has given rise to severe challenges of acid mine water which could pollute water systems and for which major technical solutions have been implemented.
The Organising Committee of the South African National Committee (SANCOLD) has been hard at work at ensuring a high technical content for the meeting by way of one-day technical tours, symposium and workshops, exhibition and study tours. A social and accompanying person’s programme has been devised to give you a taste of Africa.