The W12 Congress is postponed due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for exciting event updates coming soon!

W12 Congress is not another talk shop or trade show but a dynamic partnership that is action-oriented and results-driven, culminating in the world’s first W12 Protocol.

The W12 Congress will begin by assessing the issue of water crises through six expert task teams focusing on politics, economics, technical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and civil society. These task teams aim to aggregate knowledge within and across thematic areas, sharing best practices from different geographies, ultimately developing the Major Cities Best Practice Water Protocol: the “W12 Protocol”.

Knowledge will be gained and solutions will be achieved through collaborations, networking, Q & A sessions and other participatory approaches.

Themes Covered

  • Current situation of global climate change – Keynote Speech Focus
  • Impacts of climate change in Cape Town
  • Mitigation and adaptation
  • Renewable Energy
  • The importance of water both in business and daily life beyond the obvious
  • Water is vital to business: poor water quality or insufficient supply can curtail or even shut down activities in business operations and the supply chain.
  • Youth Engagement
  • Green Economy
  • What can civil society do? – create official specialist knowledge library – open source
  • Equity, justice, and access (rights based approach)

Media Coverage

International & National Press will be present to cover the event.

Due to the high interest and caliber of our international speakers and audience, we anticipate substantial media coverage of this event, which creates a perfect opportunity for the City of Cape Town to share their story and takes the global leadership in citizen-driven results on the water.

A film crew from our partner UNESCO will film the event, which will be incorporated into their Netflix Documentary ‘Water Wise: How Not to Drain a Country’ and will prove an invaluable tool for partners marketing and credibility.

Exhibitor Opportunities Available

Should you wish to showcase your brand / products at the W12 Congress Exhibition please email us for availability and pricing. We also have a design team on hand to assist you with your exhibition space design.

Exhibitor Forms

Below are a list of forms for exhibitors to download and fill out.

Exhibitor Book form (PDF)
Exhibitor Prospectus (PDF)
Exhibition Floor plan (PDF)  
Final Service form (PDF)

CTICC Exhibitor Service Forms

Below are a list of forms for exhibitors to download and fill out.

Beverage Order Form
Catering Order Form
Electrical Service Order Form
IT Services Order Form1
Plumbing Service Order Form
Stand Cleaning Service Order Form
Telecommunications Service Order Form

Exhibition Floor Plan

Two prominent venues in Cape Town have been selected for hosting the inaugural W12 Congress, the Cape Town International Convention Centre and Cape Town City Hall.

Cape Town International Convention Centre

The CTICC is the Home of Extraordinary Experiences.

A multi-purpose conference and exhibition centre in the hub of Cape Town’s business and entertainment centre, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) combines the impassioned dedication of its capable personnel with an extensive range of premium venues, services and facilities. We create captivating experiences that sees hosts and their guests returning year after year.

This innovative venue offers a comprehensive array of services for international and locally based clients, playing host to prominent global conferences, trade shows, concerts and celebrated stage productions.

Cape Town City Hall

Cape Town City Hall is a large Edwardian building in Cape Town city centre which was built in 1905. It is located on the Grand Parade to the west of the Castle and is built from honey-coloured oolitic limestone imported from Bath in England.

The City Hall has become a central venue for creative and cultural events such as art exhibitions and concerts.

The City Hall will be the venue for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Address to the Youth” private event.

W12 Congress is THE premier meeting place for full utility value chain. We’re looking forward to welcoming over 3,000 senior level executives, 30 renowned speakers, 40 exhibitors and 17 international cities.


We have the entire water value chain covered. If you’re looking to learn, source new technologies and suppliers, engage with the defacto leaders from around the world you’re sure to find them at W12 Congress.

Media Partners

W12 Congress partners with worldwide media publications not only industry wide but covering the entire spectrum.

Press and Analysts

Throughout the year, we gain national and international coverage in the world’s leading publications for our partners and projects.

International Delegations

From Members of Parliament to Governmental Ministers worldwide, W12 Congress attracts top level delegations.


We gather over 30 renowned speakers, which includes celebrities, industry experts who deliver a world-class knowledge for you to help you advance your business.

Generate leads and qualified business enquiries, showcase your innovative solutions and build partnerships. Take advantage of numerous networking opportunities.