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Wetskills-South Africa (Durban) 2023

28 mei - 9 juni

About the event

Co-Create for Water in Cities with Wetskills (Durban)

After a great experience in Cape Town (February 2023) Wetskills will go to another metropolis in South Africa: Durban.

Are you a student or young professional from South Africa, sub-Saharan region and beyond, and do you want to make a difference in the water sector? Would you like to experience working in an international team to solve water cases with out-of-the-box solutions?

Do you want to work on challenging water & sustainability issues? Are you interested to visit the CoCreateMYCITY and present your ideas for an international jury panel and audience? This is your chance! Wetskills Foundation and partners are organizing the seventh Wetskills edition in South Africa!

Wetskills Foundation is inviting students (Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD) and Young Professionals from universities and organizations worldwide with a passion for Water, Climate and Sustainability, to join this intergenerational event and apply for Wetskills-South Africa (Durban) 2023 (period: 28 May to 9 June 2023). You can register by filling-in the online form on the wetskills website.

Previous events in South Africa were in: Cape Town 2012, Nelspruit 2014, Durban 2016, Cape Town 2018, Gauteng 2022 and Cape Town 2023. A digital W@tskills edition was organized in 2021, during the corona pandemic. Read more about the great finals at the WISA 2018 Conference in Cape Town in presence of Mr Gugile Nkwinti, Minister of Water and Sanitation of South Africa, and Mr Henk Ovink, Dutch Special Envoy for Water.


Event info



Registration deadline (last call): 10 May

After this deadline, every week a selection of the new applications is made until the program is full.

Who can apply?
Any Young Professional (up to 5 years of working experience) and student (last year Bachelor, Master or PhD) from South Africa, Sub-Saharan region, and other countries worldwide, with a passion for water & sustainability and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?
Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the button on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

Selection criteria
The Wetskills Team  will make a final selection among applications received, based on quality of motivation & resume. We also consider a good diversity of the whole group (incl. backgrounds, local/international, gender balance, etc.).

Participation fee for local and international participants is € 395,- (excl. VAT). This Participation fee includes accommodation in Durban and Franschhoek, teambuilding activities, some lunches & dinners, field trips, workshop, supervision, trainings and working venues. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (plane tickets, local travel, etcetera), meals during working days and other personal costs.

For local participants in Durban, who do not need accommodation, an adjusted price will be made.

Note: DWS will fund 10 participants for their fees.

Note: Wetskills Foundation and partners strive to lower costs for local participants, contact us for options.
Note: During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).


Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!

  • You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
  • You will exclusively visit the Wetskills finals and awarding at the CoCreateMYCITY programme;
  • You will visit Durban and surroundings: water-related, natural and cultural sites, and meetings with water experts;
  • You will learn, network and experience more about international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organizations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
  • You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

For more information and registration, take a look at the website.


28 mei
9 juni
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South Africa (Durban)
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