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YMoS was the private sector partner from 2011 to 2017 for Vitens Evides International in the development of a sustainable ‘springboard’ for (private) innovative technologies in the (public) Water & Sanitation sector in South Africa. The program was sponsored by the Royal Dutch Embassy in South Africa and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Partners included World Waternet and World Water Academy and the 3 Metropolitan Municipalities.
The Dutch government requested Vitens Evides International to write a proposal for an ‘aid to trade project in water and sanitation for South Africa’. The proposal was built on previous work and initiatives by Your Man on Site, World Waternet and World Water Academy.
The resulting business plan formed the basis in April 2013 for the 3-year project phase to implement the ‘Centre of Expertise’ concept. This project phase had two main targets: facilitate at least 25 showcase projects in the South African water sector (with multiple municipalities) AND address the (financial) sustainability for the concept of such an innovation platform.
The ‘docking phase’ focussed specifically on the creation of the sustainability of the Centre of Expertise concept in the South African water sector, resulting in the collaboration with SALGA. The funded activities were formally closed during a final workshop in July 2017.
With the help of the 3 metropolitan municipalities (Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg) more than 30 physical pilots with innovative technologies were carried out. Municipal procedures were aligned to allow the cooperative testing of innovations and technology to avoid further duplication.
eThekwini Water and Sanitation (EWS) and Your Man on Site conducted a pilot project with trenchless technologies in 2009 to 2011 to replace several asbestos-cement (AC) pipes. These trenchless technologies were previously not applied in South Africa. The department head (Mr. Neil Macleod) expressed a need to set-up a platform where new working methods and technologies could be tried and tested. Vocational and technical staff training needed to be an integral part of this platform to benefit EWS and the South African water sector at large. The need for such a platform was informed by the many new technologies seen abroad and not offered in South Africa through any of the usual channels (e.g. consulting engineers, trade missions).
The Dutch government reviewed its development aid policies and concluded that South Africa should no longer be considered a recipient of government development aid grants. South Africa still has many development challenges ahead, but the focus of the bilateral relationship should be re-focused on trade. A transition facility was set-up for South Africa (together with Columbia and Vietnam) to assist in the transition from aid to trade.
These two developments combined resulted in the Dutch government request to Vitens Evides International to write a proposal with Your Man on Site, World Waternet and World Water Academy. A subsequent business plan for the Centre of Expertise was developed and approved with a government grant for implementation.
During these initial 3 years the collaboration with EWS was strengthened and a partnership relation with the City of Cape Town (CCT) and Johannesburg Water (JW) was developed. Various conference presentations and network events were conducted to share working methods and procedures. A showcase portfolio of innovative technologies/approaches for the sector was developed, based on 4 pillars (Decision support, Exploration, Product specification & organisation & Training).
Corresponding procedures were fine-tuned resulting in several tenders being published and awarded. The sustainability of the concept remained a challenge, due to various legal hurdles.
Advice was given and a road map was developed on the incorporation of the concept in the research, development and Innovation (RDI) strategy of SALGA’s water portfolio. Further linkages with NUFFIC programs were explored, allowing knowledge development at South African municipalities.
Together with VEI, YMoS made sure all activities were winded down correctly and closed the registered ‘Special Purposed Vehicle’ company.
The Centre of Expertise project demonstrated the need for new technology and initiated collaboration between cities. It has generated a specific network in the water sector in both South African and the Netherlands. This includes an intimate knowledge of specific rules and regulations. With help of SALGA a sustainable model was created and handed over for the South African sector to take further.