Participants that attended the training at the Institute for Groundwater Studies
Groundwater has become the principal source of water for many in rural communities and urban areas, as the result, groundwater development has increased and borehole drilling has grown exponentially in recent years. However, the life-span of these newly developed boreholes is declining dramatically. This means improvement in drillingcapacity and borehole completion is fundamentally important across the entire region. To address the challenge SADC-GMI, Institute for Groundwater Studies (University of the Free State), Africa Groundwater Network and Waternet (Consortium of organizers) organized and facilitated a Professional borehole Drilling Supervision course which was open to all SADC Member States. The broad objective of the course was to develop skills and knowledge of key professionals to supervise borehole drilling, properly document the process and be able to solve onsite problems during the construction of boreholes.
The first day of the training was spent in the classroom where participants were provided with theoretical knowledge pertaining to Borehole Drilling and supervision. The subsequent three days involved field work at Nzame Primary school, where participants were exposed to practical dynamics of borehole drilling, a 60 metres borehole was drilled.Nzame primary school is located at Phelindaba location, Bloemfontein, Free State and has approximately 1500 learners.The donated borehole will improve the portable water supply at the school.
On the last day of the training the participants returned to the classroom to synthesize the knowledge acquired during the past four days. The training covered the following aspects: Geology of groundwater occurrence, Understanding basic aspects of groundwater, Principles of borehole supervision and Onsite supervision. The five-day was slated for 23 – 27 April 2018, at the University of the Free State and was facilitated by Dr ModreckGomo, Professor Danie Vermeulen and Mr Paul Lourens from Institute for Groundwater Studies (University of the Free State) andDrRichard Owen from Africa Groundwater Network and the University of Zimbabwe. The course targeted national, regional and district level managers/supervisors managing drilling projects, Supervisors of private drilling companies, Consultants who supervise borehole construction, and Educators, Trainers and Lecturers who can incorporate borehole construction in their curriculum. The following SADC Member States participated in the training course:
Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. At the end of the training participants were awarded with certificates of completion.