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Cape Town is experiencing a water crisis that could have been prevented by taking account of sound technical advice. Ethekwini and Gauteng recently faced similar problems and Gauteng could face even worse problems due to delays in the award of contracts for the next phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

What do we want from engineers and the engineering professions? Do we want leaders who will transform their organisations and society or skilled professionals who will give sound advice and ensure effective delivery of excellent projects? Can we have the whole package? This lecture will provide some perspectives, through the lens of water, on the challenges that engineers and engineering face in a 21st century non-racist, non-sexist, democratic South Africa.

2 November 2017  |  17h00 for 17h30  |  Snape Lecture Theatre 3B, Upper Campus, UCT

This lecture is open to the public, and will be followed by light refreshments (courtesy of the South African Academy of Engineering - SAAE) Please RSVP for catering purposes to Ms Heleen Duffey by 19 October 2017: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please see UCT map below for directions (Snape Lecture Theatre 3B is located in B4)

Professor Mike Muller is a professional civil engineer, registered in South Africa and Europe. He was Director-General of SA’s Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (1997-2005) and a Commissioner in South Africa’s first National Planning Commission (2010-2015). Previously, he managed policy and infrastructure at the DBSA (1988-1994) and water programmes for the Mozambique Government (1979-1988). Between 1990 and 1994, he worked with teams preparing for the democratic transition, drafting the RDP and designing the Public Works Programme. 

Mike has written and campaigned successfully on water, health and development issues. He has actively promoted a ‘Southern’ perspective in international engagement as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security (2012-14); and as a member of the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Advisory Committee (2005 – 2011) and the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation (2003-2005), amongst many others. 

Currently a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Witwatersrand University School of Governance, his research addresses the achievement of water security in a broad development context. A current focus is on Southern African integration and development and ensuring that approaches reflect African rather than European priorities for achieving regional food and water security in the face of climate challenges.