Test-pumping at 50 litres per second of an exploration borehole within a Dogua Formation alluvial fan

Test-pumping at 50 litres per second of an exploration borehole within a Dogua Formation alluvial fan

INSIGHT ON ETHIOPIA AT IN-HOUSE LECTURE

July 13, 2015

Dr Fanie Botha and Circum geologist Bereket on the Danakil Depression rift salt flat, looking towards the Dogua Highlands and Dogua Formation alluvial fans Harsh and extreme conditions were described by Umvoto’s senior geologist Dylan Blake in the company’s Brown Bag lecture for July. Dylan was introduced by Umvoto Associate Dr Fanie Botha, who has been working alongside Dylan on a project in north-eastern Ethiopia.… Read the rest
Paul Lee

Paul Lee

Setting sail for St Helena

June 23, 2015

“Have I got it in me to do this?” asked Umvoto’s environmental scientist Paul Lee, as he and his teammates set sail for the remote island of St Helena on 27 December last year. With wind gusting up to 35 knots off Cape Point “and only one cm of carbon fibre between you and the sea”, they were competing against 15 other yachts in the annual Governor’s Cup race.… Read the rest
Dirk Versfeld with Dr Chris Hartnady

Dirk Versfeld with Dr Chris Hartnady

Water, land and life

South Africa can expect to face water shortages in the same way in which it is currently experiencing power issues with Eskom, says Dirk Versfeld, a specialist in forest hydrology and water resource strategies. He was the May guest at the monthly Brown Bag lecture series at Umvoto Africa. Dirk said he was “deeply concerned about the current water situation”, and bemoaned the lack of experienced staff and capacity within the National Department.… Read the rest
Willie Enright and Rowena Hay

Willie Enright and Rowena Hay

WATER RESOURCE EXPERT SHARES LEARNINGS

March 26, 2015

Umvoto staff and interns had a rare treat when water resource doyen Willie Enright, who has over 39 years of experience in the sector, gave a Brown Bag lecture on 26 March on Malawian water projects in which he is involved. Having worked in various directorates and all provinces throughout his long career at the Department of Water Affairs in South Africa (he left in August 2009 to establish his own water management consultancy, WateRight Consulting ) Willie was ideally placed to discuss matters ranging from stakeholder negotiation to governance requirements.… Read the rest
Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Morality and climate change mitigation

February 26, 2015

Do developing countries have a moral obligation to mitigate climate change?  Yes they do, argued Umvoto Guest Speaker Jessica Lee at a Brown Bag lecture at Umvoto on 26 February. Countries such as South Africa currently face a wave of health epidemics, while a large percentage of the population live well below the poverty line.… Read the rest