Two prominent venues in Cape Town have been selected for hosting the inaugural W12 Congress over the three days from 29th – 31st January 2020, held at The CTICC.

These allocated three days have been set aside as the ‘Global Congress’ where international experts, industry giants and political leaders will be gathered in Davos-styled panels with keynote speakers such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Katiela, Rashad Shawa and Carlos Cosin where they will discuss topics ranging from ‘Water Data: What are we facing and what does it mean’ to ‘Moving off the Sidelines” Your Turn to Make the Water Flow’ as well as ‘Water of the Future: Breakthroughts and Solutions.’

W12’s Keynote Speakers will be joined by the likes of:
Alderman Dan Plato – Executive Mayor Cape Town
Alan Winde – Premiere Western Cape
Tim Harris – CEO Wesgro
Mads Nipper – Group President, CEO Grundfos
Tobias Elling Rehfeld – Danish Ambassador to South Africa

Each guest being hosted by W12 will be opening up dialogue around what’s new, and what’s working ― best practices, breakthrough technologies, guidelines for resilience planning regarding the global water crisis.

For more detail on the W12 Congress Programme, please visit

W12 Congress – Cities. Water. Solutions.

Editors Notes:

The W12 Congress, is an International Conference and Expo that will bring together city officials, academics, business executives, water experts, and students from major cities in the world that are likely to face a Day Zero scenario within the next 24 – 36 months. Cape Town was the first major city to face – and avoid – what has become known as Day Zero (the day that water resources are completely depleted and taps run dry).

January 27-28: Summit meeting of city administrators with scientific, policy, and NPO leaders. By-invitation-only sessions take a deep dive into visioning, back casting, and finalizing the W12 Framework document ― a roadmap of what cities and their partners can do to adapt to the reality of water scarcity.



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