MSABI staff present at the International Water Association Southern African Young Water Professionals Conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Mr Novatus Mwangeta (filter pot marketing) and Dr Jacqueline Thomas (WaSH research) presented at the International Water Association Southern African Young Water Professional’s conference in Stellenbosch, South Africa this week.  Nova presented his work on filter pot marketing. It was his was first time to present at an international conference and there was very positive feedback on the presentation. Many people were surprised to hear it was Nova’s first time out of Tanzania!
Mr Novatus Mwangeta at the IWA YWP conference at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Nova presenting his work on filter pot marketing strategies.
 Jacquie presented Brendan Sherry’s (volunteer) work on solar irrigation and Mr Dale Young’s (MSABI director) work on the MSABI approach including the 12 point quality assurance system. She was awarded the best poster prize at the conference for her Namawala water quality data poster! The prize is a fully sponsored trip to the Water Institute of South African annual conference in May 2014. 

Nova and Jacquie with the award wining poster in the background.
 The conference also included a picturesque bicycle tour of Stellenbosch and a lovely end of course dinner in the Stellenbosch Town Hall.

Bicycle tour of Stellenbosch.
Nova and his new friends at the end of conference dinner.
After the conference there was a bit a sight seeing in Cape Town which included some shopping on the Water Front and a tour of the Castle of Good Hope.

Nova feeling a bit cold on the Waterfront in Cape Town.
Nova at the Castle of Good Hope with the non-clouded part of Table Mountain in the background.

 The conference was an excellent opportunity to meet other young people working in Africa and share the work that MSABI is doing. Many thanks to MSABI for covering the cost of the trip and giving a Tanzanian staff member the life shaping opportunity to attend an overseas conference. Nova is now planning to do his masters degree overseas as he has been told about a number of scholarship opportunities. Also thank you to all the other MSABI staff for their support leading up to and during the trip.