June 8, 2016
The first annual Israel South Africa Water Week is underway in South Africa with three main events, all free and open to key stakeholders and interested parties.
Prof. Eilon Adar, a world-leading hydrologist and one of the Middle East’s leading researchers in water sources, use and technology, is the keynote speaker at the events.
Professor Adar is one of the brains behind’s Israel’s water solutions that have seen the country go from water scarcity to water abundance within 20 years. His speech will specifically address solutions for the South African context and he is excited to engage on these solutions with all interested stakeholders.
The three full-day event taking place June 6th in Johannesburg, June 8th in Cape Town and June 9th in Durban is also hosting a number of respected water and conservation experts alongside 15 innovative water technology companies presenting various technologies that all can be used within the South African environment to deal with water scarcity.
The experts are also in South Africa to interact with decision makers in both the public and private sectors and sharing some best practices and innovations that can be applied to the South African environment.
The three events include top experts and businesses such as IDE – winner of ‘Desalination Company of the Year’ GWI award, and a pioneer and world leader in water technologies, with particular strengths in desalination, Mapal Green Energy Ltd, a provider of innovative and proven technologies for waste water treatment plants, ToxSorb Ltd. a water technology company specialising in the development of filter media engineered to treat both organic and inorganic pollutants in water, Netafim, the global leader in drip and micro irrigation solutions for a sustainable future, and water measurement technology specialists Arad, amongst many others.
Other speakers include Itai Melchior who has 20 years of experience in the private sector, filling different business development and management positions mainly in the high-tech sector, Sharon Bar-li, a career diplomat with 20 years of experience in economic and development and Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk.
Israel today, through a combination of government-industry partnerships, ambitious national planning, innovation and a simple lack of an alternative, is no longer dependent on neighbors, rains or weather trends. Israel is recognized as a world leader in drought prevention and management as well as in water technology and often shares these innovations globally. Recently, Israel was the key partner-country at India’s Water Week and Tel Aviv University is establishing the XIN Research Center with Beijing’s Tsinghua University to research early stage and mature technologies in biotech, solar energy, water, and environmental technologies.