AWIRU strives to support the African Renaissance by developing a scientific understanding
of the role of water as a source of socio-economic and political stability.

GIBB-SERA Chair in Integrated Water Resource Management

The GIBB-SERA Chair in Integrated Water Resource Management was created with effect from 1 June 2003 and has been fully endowed for a period of five years. Empowering the African Water Issues Research Unit (AWIRU) (see ) thereby enabling the mainstreaming of the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters (UPTW) (see ), the Chair is physically located at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, but is part of the Southern Education and Research Alliance (SERA). SERA consists of a strategic alliance between the CSIR and the University of Pretoria (UP) (see ). The Chair is being sponsored by ARCUS-GIBB (Pty) Ltd, the largest majority black owned firm of consulting engineers in South Africa at present (see ). This sponsorship is a manifestation of GIBB's deep commitment to the Southern African water sector on the one hand, and to capacity building on the other. The full potential of the commitment of both GIBB and AWIRU to NEPAD is thus realized through the power of synergy. The physical structure of the Chair is as follows:


The Chair seeks to develop the mutual interests of the three Alliance Partners (GIBB, CSIR and UP) to the satisfaction of all by focusing on specific goal-oriented actions and by harnessing the power of synergy.


The Chair will provide the following specific goal-oriented outputs:

  • To grow the existing post-graduate course in IWRM in a sustainable manner by increasing the existing UP capacity and by mainstreaming the University Partnership for Transboundary Waters (UPTW).
  • To grow GIBB through the development of professional human potential and by harnessing the power of partnership with SERA.
  • To develop capacity within the CSIR relating to water governance.

Contact Details

AWIRU Unit Head: Anthony Turton
GIBB-SERA Chair in Integrated Water Resource Management
Building 21, Environmentek, CSIR
P.O. Box 395, Pretoria, 0001
Republic of South Africa

Office (CSIR): +27-12-841-3957
Office (GIBB): +27-11-519-4600
Fax (CSIR): +27-12 842 7735
Mobile: +27-(0)82 450 7967
Alternate Fax: +27-12-841-2506

AWIRU Deputy Unit Head: Anton Earle
Suite 17, Private Bag X1
Vlaeberg, 8018, Cape Town
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 469 9110 (W)
Tel: +27 (0)83 379 2997 (H)
Tel/Fax: +27 (0)21 422 0446

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