Water Research Commission’s leading ladies

he Water Research Commission (WRC) will participate in the biennial WISA conference taking place from 15 to 19 May at the Durban ICC and the theme for this year will be “Water – The Ultimate Constraint”.

The Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) 2016 Organising Committee extended invitations to national and international water sector leaders and organisations to participate and exhibit and is seen as a leading event on the yearly calendar covering a number of parallel sessions and discussion forms.

Significant to this year’s WISA event is that two research managers from the Water Research Commission (WRC) is setting the pace in gender equality and taking the lead within the water sector using their knowledge, skills and capacity to make a difference in water management in South Africa. Dr Jo Burgess is not only one of only a handful of women to become President of WISA, she is also considered a knowledge leader in the field of mine-water. Jo’s motto is “If you don’t put anything in, you won’t get anything out. If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well.” Dr Valrie Naidoo, also a research manager from the WRC is the Vice-President of WISA and together with Dr Burgess they lead the way in a new era where women are occupying influential roles and making a difference. Dr Naidoo is an expert in the fields of industrial and municipal wastewater treatment.