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Denmark - South Africa

Danish know-how on water-technology is in high demand in South Africa due to a serious lack of water there. Denmark has been cooperating with South Africa since 2015, and Danish research institutions are very much involved in this cooperation.

The Danish Sector cooperation with South Africa regarding water technology runs in three tracks; Groundwater, Water waste and Water efficiency in the industry. Research and innovation are integrated in all three tracks, with Danish scientists working closely together with South African scientists in order to solve the challenging lack of water issues in South Africa.

South Africa is one of the largest economies in Africa, but the country is also challenged with big differences between rich and poor. Since the abolition of apartheid in 1994, a vast majority of South Africans has gained access to water. However, shortage in water supply still hamper economic development, and the possibilities for increasing the recovery of surface water are limited. Groundwater is a suitable alternative in many areas, e.g. in Cape Town where there is currently water supply left for a few months only. Nevertheless, use of ground water covers just 15 % of the consumption nationwide.

In September 2017, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the South African Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding on collaboration within science and technology. Without comparison, South African universities' education and research quality rank the highest in Africa. Often they have 4-5 universities among the world's top 500. South Africa has a budding education and research environment of high quality and the country is an important gateway to the African continent. Several Danish universities wish to explore the possibilities for increased research collaboration within the framework of the sector cooperation in water technology.

Growth advisor with focus on water science and innovation cooperation Jørgen Erik Larsen - E-mail: joelar@um.dk

Please contact the Ministry of Higher Educatin and Science for a copy of the MoU.


last modified Oct 13, 2020