Done: Understanding Risk 2020 & WISA Conference

December 2020

Two conference presentations in one week:

Panel member in ‘Drawing a regional picture of hydromet and early warning services in Africa’ for the World Bank project ‘Stocktaking of climate, weather and water services in Southern Africa’ under RHDHV and

Co-author of presentation by Stuart Dunsmore for the WISA conference ‘Sustainable Drainage in Gauteng: Possibilities and Barriers for Implementation’.

This digital conferencing does keep us behind our computers, and gives less after talk, but DONE before the end of 2020.


Started: Strengthening Early Warning and Hydromet Services in Southern Africa

May 2020

(Cyclone Idai. Source: MeteoSat-11/EU METSAT)

AquaLinks has started on the project ‘stocktaking of climate, weather and water services in Southern Africa’ for World Bank for the whole of SADC.  AquaLinks is subcontractor of Royal HaskoningDHV, and fulfills the roles of Teamleader (Marieke de Groen) and Reviewer (subcontractor Brad Garanganga). Weather Impact is also part of the consortium.

For further information, see the link on the Royal HaskoningDHV website.


Online: Final reports on Sustainable Drainage in Gauteng Province

April 2020

All deliverables on the project “Research on the Use of Sustainable Drainage in Gauteng” for the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are now available online via the Future Water Institute of the University of Cape Town.

This project was completed in March 2020, with the Urban Rivers Alliance (Fourth Element, Eco-Pulse, AquaLinks), NMA and Greenvision Consulting. AquaLinks provided project management, facilitation and organisation of workshops and meetings, contents contributions and editing.

Enjoy the reading and let it be for increased implementation of Sustainable Drainage in the whole of South Africa and beyond, but in particular in Gauteng.

Unveiled: Gauteng Sustainable Drainage Systems Implementation Manual

March 2020

Cheers to the finalization of the project ‘Research on the Use of Sustainable Drainage Systems for Gauteng’ for GDARD by the Urban River Alliance (Fourth Element, AquaLinks, Eco-Pulse), NMA, Greenvision Consulting and TAUW. It was an honour to be the project manager of the Consultants Team and facilitator of the Workshops and PSC meetings, as well as co-author of the deliverables.

Deliverables, including Implementation Manual will be soon published on GCRO and UCT website. AquaLinks will keep you updated.

Monitoring: High rainfall 7 to 8 February in Johannesburg 

February, 2020

This is what the TAHMO weather stations measured 7/8 February 2020 in Johannesburg:

  • Braamfontein had in total 130 mm measured! No wonder the M1 had to be closed (This was measured by a tipping bucket which we installed recently to check on the extreme rain measured there)
  • Alexandra, Jabulani, Hunters Hill, Midrand, measurements were all in the range 97-102 mm.
  • Be aware that on Sunday evening (not shown here) it rained again, with for example for Alexandra another 48 mm measurements!
  • Kibler Park firestation had such high rainfall measured (and earlier starting) that we do not trust it. According to not yet formally confirmed estimates of radar from SAWS there was about 120-140 mm there.
  • Orange Farm we measured hardly any rain, but radar did, so that one also needs a site visit to check and is not in the graph below. Although Rietfontein, also quite south, had far less than the others with 70 mm.
  • (The Florida Park station was stolen and is still waiting for funds for replacement.)

Making it known: TAHMO weather stations

October 2019

Life can be circular; From 1995-2001 I worked for Prof Hubert Savenije and completed my PhD under him in 2002. Fast forward 2019 and the 20th Waternet symposium is around the corner of the AquaLinks offices. Prof Dominic Mazvimavi is quoting Prof Hubert Savenije on the seed we all planted then. Waternet is now a tree under which shade a lot of IWRM researchers have grown.

AquaLinks is represented at the Waternet-symposium by Marieke de Groen and Fungisai Chiduku, together representing the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory.

The plea is the same as in 1995: measure more and use the data!

Almost there: 4th PSC of Research on the Use of SuDS in Gauteng

October 2019

AquaLinks arranged that the PSC & PMC & guests of “Research on the use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems in Gauteng” could ponder about the possibility of green roofs in the CBD from the 15th floor “Elevate Rooftop venue” in Marshalltown Johannesburg. All background studies are now submitted:  Literature Review, Inventory of SuDS in Gauteng, Analysis of the three Study Areas and Recommendations (the three study areas being Kagiso, CBD-Johannesburg, Bonaero Park-Atlasville), Decision Support Tools for SuDS in Gauteng, Best Management Practices. Now the last big step is to get it all into a concise Implementation Manual!

Busy: Getting Gauteng going on Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

July 2019

A workshop on Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems in preparation of an implementation manual for Gauteng, as prepared by GDARD, took place on 26 July in Johannesburg. Over 60 participants from government, consultancies, academia, property owners, civil society and community participated. AquaLinks led the organisation and facilitation as part of the Urban Rivers Alliance with FourthElement and Eco-Pulse and with NMA and Greenvision Consulting. After a presentation by Stuart Dunsmore on the three Study Areas used (Kagiso, Bonaero, Johannesburg CBD), there were parallel sessions on making SuDS sustainable, retro-fitting SuDS, policies and institutions and the land development process. We are getting Gauteng going on SuDS, towards a water sensitive and water secure Gauteng!