Water and Environment Transformation (WET) is an organisation dedicated to restoring the waterways of Africa. This is vital work. Waterways are literally the natural arteries of the earth and are home to myriad species as well as providing drinking water, irrigation for the foods we eat and recreation to millions of people throughout Africa. The sad truth, however, is that most of Africa's rivers are badly polluted through human activity, negligence, stupidity and greed. WET was formed to provide know-how and resources to help rehabilitate that most fundamental of natural resources and human rights - clean, safe water.
The initiative is supported by the University of California Berkeley International Business Development program and Sustainable Resource Center, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Ashoka Global Association for Social Entrepreneurs.
Is a platform of dialogue and action on water, sanitation and environment in Africa. The platform aims at strengthening discussions and interventions that offers sound, innovative and coordinated transformation in addressing the pressing challenges on our urban water bodies, pollution, solid waste management and sanitation in Africa.soul
The platform brings together through a collaborative framework, Ashoka changemakers, development Partners, Governments, Private sectors and communities and the contribution of gender equity in ensuring visible change, positive behavior, sustainable enterprise development and the monitoring on the progress on the implementation and attainment of the MDGs in Africa.
Ashoka is leading a profound transformation in society. In the past three decades, the global citizen sector, led by social entrepreneurs, has grown exponentially. Just as the business sector experienced a tremendous spurt in productivity over the last century, the citizen sector is experiencing a similar revolution, with the number and sophistication of citizen organizations increasing dramatically.
Rather than leaving societal needs for the government or business sectors to address, social entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions, delivering extraordinary results, and improving the lives of millions of people. Ashoka fellows through WET-Africa platform will engage the development partners, governments, private sector and communities in taking Action for change.
Contact Us: Kim Kieser
The SOUL Foundation & WET-Africa
Waterway and Environment Transformation
WET Africa envisages a platform of dialogue and action, where ALL citizens, participate freely in shaping their future, an opportunity to change Africa’s environmental perspectives
The participating partners, development agencies, corporate, education organisations, civil societies and governments will endorse a charter of goodwill to save our urban rivers, address growing urban waste management, and increasing marginalisation of the poor through poor sanitation provision, child equity through provision of adequate school sanitation and waste water management. We in the PLATFORM undertake to;
With capacity, passion and goodwill on the platform, we can make a green difference and transform Africa
The major themes of our work include Poverty Alleviation, Waterway Rehabilitation, Unemployment, Biosphere/ Environment, Health.
Vision Our Vision is to restore the critical/endangered rivers of Africa to health from source to sea. We also see an enabling environment for: Green Proclamation, Policy Development, Enterprise development and the development of the WET Training Institute.
Our Mission is to provide knowledge and skills in waterway and river restoration, waste separation & recycling at source creating sustainable income for communities, the on-going development of the WET-Africa Charter, energising partnerships with stakeholders, Developing capacity and presenting Train-the-Trainer programmes.
Objectives of WET-Africa include
To drive, motivate, support and stimulate Innovative dialogue, awareness and action on water and environment in Africa and the globe.
On this site you will find resources, knowledge and technique to rehabilitate badly polluted waterways and in doing so, to create sustainable income and employment opportunities to many people.
Justin Bass (Pilot ZS-BKB - Cessna 172 photography platform)
Richard Strever (Photographer)
Jeremy Woods (Pilot ZS-WBM – Piper Comanche)
Wet-Africa.org – Kim Kieser (Director) Greg Steenveld (Director) Steve Banhegyi (photography)
The mission departed Rand Airport in Germiston on Sunday the 29th March at around 11am for a planned one hour flight to the Hartebeespoort Dam. Routing was from Rand airport to Hillbrow/Bertrams down to Bruma lake, then north towards Buccleuch, Kyalami, Dainfern, Diepsloot and the Hartebeespoort Dam. Altitude was between 700 and 1000 ft AGL following the Jukskei and there were some orbits necessary during the route in order to get different perspectives for the cameraman. The attached report more fully explains the mission and the outcomes.
The flight immediately provided a useful Macro level perspective of the area for Wet-Africa. Additionally, the flight has provided high resolution digital photographs which have already helped to identify areas of attention along the waterway and given an important overall indication of the health of the jukskei. These photographs will be further studied and correlated with satellite maps to create an understanding of the river's situation before Wet-Africa.org's clean-up interventions.
The waterway is currently in a poor condition with extensive examples of pollution and contamination through human activity resulting in the characteristic green colour of Hartebeespoort Dam.
Wet-Africa.org thanks the Bateleurs for their wonderful support and professionalism and helping us to understand our waterways better.
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Reg No: 1998015222/08; PBO No: 930000606
CEO: Kim Kieser; Directors: Dr Pieter Kitshoff, Dickson Monare,
Board Members: Daniel Mkhari, Phumzile Zuma, Thuthukile Zuma,
Sarah Key, Eunice Maphisa, Dr Zoran Cukic
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SOUL FOUNDATION KEY Active Board Members April 2010
*National and Global Board to be on Agenda Local WET Member Exchange 1-3 June 2010
Global Member Exchange 4-7 Aug 2010
Tel: 011 802 0981 Cell: 073 656 2555
Designation: Founder / CEO
Relevant experience: Ashoka Fellow and Social Entrepreneur with 12 years experience in setting up, developing and establishing integrated river health and waste management/recycling systems in Environmental Round Tables in which previously-disadvantaged communities are partnered with funding/ development partners.
Coordination of global partnerships. Strategic Planning and collaborations.
Tel: 011 802 0981 Cell: 072 479 4940
Designation: Head: Research & Development
Relevant Experience: Chemical Engineer with 30 years experience in water and environmental engineering including all aspects of pollution management and prevention, and specifically has surveyed national RSA fishing industry and associated coastal/environmental impacts and has published Guides to improving water and waste management in these areas.
Cell: 083 531 2595
Designation: Project Manager (National)
Relevant Experience: Horticulturist and landscaper with 9 years management experience of river-cleaning projects with Soul Foundation; specialist in removal of alien/invasive vegetation; linguist with 13 languages including all 11 official languages.
Cell: 072 852 1599
Designation: Project Manager (Gauteng)
Relevant Experience: 9 years management experience of river-cleaning and waste recycling projects with Soul Foundation.
Cell: 084 577 8088
Designation: Project Manager Equipment and (Trainee) Administrative Assistant
Relevant Experience: 2 years practical experience/ training in river health and waste recycling and Equipment management and care.
Cell: 083 738 4606
Designation: Director Administration & Governance and Recycling Initiatives
Relevant experience: Financial management and recycling initiatives management for SOUL since 2001
Tel: 011 802 0981 Cell: 079 038 8786
Designation: Director Political Liaison and Africa Expansion
Relevant Experience: Personal contact with all presidents in Africa.
Board member on Kenneth Kaunda International Trust
Sept 2000. 1 month
Mandate: To accurately assess the requirements for cleaning river bed, banks and riparian zone.
50 community members from Alexandra were employed in this 1-month pilot project to clean up 2 kms of the Jukskei River, funded by various corporates
March 2001 to March 2002
Mandate: To remove all solid wastes from the river bed, banks and riparian zone for a distance of 27km from Alexandra downstream, including removal of felled alien trees left in floodplain by others (Working for Water).
Actual: Cleaned up and maintained 48 km of the Jukskei River and its tributaries (over-achieved target by 78%) and completed 3 months ahead of schedule.
Jan 2002 to Jan 2003
Mandate: To clean the Jukskei River at source (Cnr. Queen and Sports Streets, Bertrams) and extend to Bruma Lake. Encourage and educate the community members to stop littering and dumping into the river and open spaces.
Cleaned source of Jukskei River (cnr Queen/Sport Bertrams) and river for 10kms to Bruma Lake. Reduced dumping waste stream from Bertrams catchment from 300>25>2.5 t/month. The heaviest dumping area (from source, downstream for 1.5 kms) produced 6.7 tons of waste.
May 2003. 1 week
Mandate: To remove all solid waste from the Sandspruit and two dams within MFP including the beds, banks, riparian zone and park. To remove invasive reeds and alien vegetation clogging the river banks and dams. To re-establish the flow of the dams and the spruit as a connected system.
1-week clean-up of Sandspruit River, dams and park: 2.3 tons waste removed, 20 jobs. Removed invasive reeds to open up flow of river and two connected dams, removed alien vegetation clogging river banks.
Oct 2003 – Oct 2004 / 12 months
Mandate: To clean the Jukskei river in Alexandra for a distance of 1km upstream and 0.5 km downstream, including four main bridges clogged with solid wastes and tree stumps felled by others. To establish a community- based waste management system.
Jan 2006 to April 2006 / 4months
Mandate: To establish a recycling system for GHP, in-house and for surrounding 1km square area, utilizing a buyback centre built by GHP and training 15 GHP beneficiaries to implement and maintain the system. Supply all relevant equipment and co-ordinate recycler partner participation and purchase of all recyclables.
Community waste buy-back centre established, Joubert Park, Greenhouse Project spearhead, JhB. Cleaned and maintained grounds and surrounds ie: Joubert Park, Johannesburg Station, Taxi rank and vendor area, and surrounding shebeens. Achieved 5 tons per week recyclables sold within first month (glass, cans, plastics and cardboard).
Dec 2006 to May 2007 / 7 months
Mandate: Clean and maintain 1.5km of Jukskei River, De Wetshof, Bezuidenhout Park.
1-month clean-up plus 6-months maintenance, Jukskei River: 7.63 tons waste removed from river. Employed 10 Alexandra contractors trained by Soul to implement and maintain system.
Licence agreements prepared by Deneys Reitz (Soul national legal partner).
Established Sept 2006 / SOUL appointed as Toyota SA National Coordinator for River Projects.
River Health licence for Dealer Roll-Out. In current programme from September 2006-date, removed 140 tons of solid waste from:
Jukskei River (Gauteng - Toyota Marketing Head Office);
Isipingo River (KZN - Toyota Prospecton Plant);
Liesbeek River (W Cape - Toyota Culemborg); and
Sterkspruit River (Mpumalanga – Toyota Lydenburg).
Launched June 2007
Mandate: To establish an in-house “Waste from Home” recycling system with 1000 Toyota employees at Head office in Sandton. Supply all relevant equipment and training. Provide project management, monitoring and reporting.
Launched 3 September 2007
Mandate: To establish an in-house recycling program through waste separation at source with Wits Medical School and associated contractors of the university. Train contractors in model systems, environmental education and awareness with the 3500 students and 1500 employees and associated income stream to reduce costs of university waste disposal and impact on the environment. Rollout to all faculties in future.
Customized Soul Foundation® Give & Gain™ licensed model purchased by Wits Medical School for pilot scheme for 3500 students and 500 staff, launched September 2007, for roll-out to all faculties subsequently. In the first few months of operation more than XX tons of recyclable waste was recovered rather than being dumped to landfill as previously.
Commenced 20 November 2007
Mandate: To arrange, coordinate and carry out a river-cleaning programme on the Jukskei River, Alexandra, Gauteng, commencing with a river clean-up event 20-22 November 2007.
Over the period 20-22 November 2007, 10.8 tons (3 425 bags) of solid waste and 4.3 tons of alien/invasive green waste was removed from the river-bed, banks and surrounds around Marlboro Bridge, Alexandra in a multi-party collaboration which provides the basis for establishing an Environmental Round Table for the Alexandra area. The aim is to establish a waste recycling system in Alexandra, to prevent river pollution from this source, and to utilise the income from the sale of recyclable waste for a trained group from the community to self-sustainably maintain this section of the Jukskei River.
Mandate: Collaboration between Ashoka Fellows to maximise impact of Ashoka Global Water & Sanitation Initiative. The vehicle is WET Africa.
Ashoka is a global (68 countries, currently 2000 Fellows worldwide) organisation promoting social entrepreneurship for large-scale social change. Kim was nominated as a fellow in 2003.
Soul Foundation/ Kim Kieser has been invited by Ashoka as a leading fellow in establishing a new global initiative for water and sanitation, sponsored by Ashoka and linking with Ashoka Fellows worldwide and their associated networks. First workshop held in RSA in March 2008, led by Ashoka global office, collaborators include David Strelneck (global office USA), Erin Fornoff (Global Fellowship USA), Marita Oosthuizen (Regional Office RSA), and Ashoka Africa Fellows: Kim Kieser (RSA), David Kuria (Kenya), Sameh Ghali (Egypt), Osmond Mugweni (Zimbabwe), Isaac Durojaiye (Nigeria), Joseph Adelegan (Nigeria), Paul Cohen (RSA) and Trevor Mulaudzi (RSA). Immediate Action Projects are:
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Flagship programme: 67km Jukskei River Restoration
To facilitate creating green corridors along waterways from source to sea in South Africa.
Our flagship is the restoration of the Jukskei River, Johannesburg Gauteng, from source to the Crocodile River confluence, then to Hartebeespoort Dam and ultimately the sea. In the process we restore endangered rivers to living rivers, create conservancies, community assets and a Green Market Stock Exchange.
To mobilize South Africa into a green and recycling mindset by creating sustainable green communities, separating all recyclable wastes at source and utilizing the income to assist in sustaining community-based Buy Back Centres. To implement our sustainable Waterway Restoration and River Health system, creating community-based enterprises, recreational conservancies and Eco-Tourism. This includes Green building and energy generation, waterless sanitation, vermi-composting, organic vegetable and herb gardens. To restore indigenous forestation and create walkways, cycle paths, equestrian activities. Create opportunity for adventure operators, eco and recycle entrepreneurs and the hospitality industry. Lastly, to coordinated and work in partnership with Ashoka Global Changemakers and UC Berkeley alumni, service providers, relevant organs of state, civil society, businesses and local communities.
Objectives of WET-Africa include:
Create an enabling environment for integrated waste management and river health
Provide a database of know-how in waterway rehabilitation
Supply custom made equipment for waterway rehabilitation and recycling
Create community Enterprises for River restoration and integrated waste management including separation of waste at source for resale to recyclers.
Implementation Plan: Year 1
Establish WET- Jukskei South Africa Flagship program of 67km Restoration and Integrated waste management creating immediate 500 jobs
(Phase 1 – Eco Services)
Water quality testing and Biomonitoring and producing academic papers.
Clean up of watercourse removing all solid waste and obstructions.
Monitoring and reporting spillages and dumping for remedial action and/or prosecution
Integrated waste recycling systems with surrounding communities, business and industry.
Social, Economic and Environmental measurable deliverables/indicators
Planning and establishing collaboration partners for waterway restoration and eco-tourism for phase 2
Awareness, advocacy and capacity building
Launch the 1 000 Schools and Churches Recycling Campaign and collection system
Establish relevant institutional, civil and community partnerships and collaborations
Establish a local, regional, National and global Round Table
Establish Academic collaborative partnerships with UC Berkeley and the Center for Sustainable Resource Development and links to local universities in implementing countries.
Establish the platforms for replication in 6 to 9 provinces in South Africa
Establish the platforms for replication in 10 countries (including Africa 6) with Ashoka fellows and UC Berkeley ELP Alumni who are collaborating with SOUL to establish the WET-Africa model in their countries and integrate own innovations.
Establish the planning and development of an Innovation Leadership Training Institute and Conference Center.
Establish the Green Market Stock Exchange Investment vehicle
Establish community partner micro enterprises maintaining established systems.
Does your community organisaton need regular additional income? www.Wet-Africa.org in co-operation with Give & Gain Recycling (G&G) provides an opportunity for schools, churches and other community organisations to earn additional income by providing a collection point for recyclable household and general (non-hazardous) refuse such as:
This G&G recycling scheme is only for bona-fide community organisations such as Schools, Churches and Stokvels and is provided on the following basis:
Research & experience has shown that a school with 1000 learners will generate approximately R14,000 per month - or around R170,000 per annum which represents on-going income and a positive project around which to animate your community. For further information, please send us a message on http://www.wet-africa.org/contact alternatively, please go to http://www.wet-africa.org/recycling.opportunity.schedule , download the application and fax to us on 0865692940.