Khanyisa Projects designs and implements water and sanitation solutions for municipalities and other government departments.
Khanyisa Projects is committed to solutions which balance the needs and constraints of municipalities with the needs and aspirations of its communities or citizens. This approach is underpinned by sound community engagement strategies which embrace political, social and traditional authority requirements where necessary. The organisation also strives for the upliftment of residents and communities through its solutions.
Khanyisa Projects is committed to sustainable solutions which reduce costs for both municipalities and their citizens, reduce carbon emissions and limit operational and management challenges.
Khanyisa Projects is committed to the design and operation and maintenance (O&M) solutions in the water and sanitation sector which are based on sound academic research. To this end the organisation has partnered with the university of kwazulu natal’s pollution research group (PRG) on a number of projects. Many of the operation and management solutions are based on the findings of research projects undertaken by UKZN PRG.
Khanyisa Projects is committed to sound project management principles during the implementation of all its projects. This includes the setting of objectives, measurement indicators as well as resource, time and cost management. A key principle is regular concise reporting on all project progress. Khanyisa Projects makes use of technologies such as GIS and other database software to effectively manage projects.
Nick Alcock is a professional civil engineer with a masters in urban infrastructure design and management who has been working in the water and sanitation sector for the past 20 years. He is currently a managing member of khanyisa projects, a developmental organisation based in the eThekwini municipality (Durban), south Africa focussing on water, sanitation, biogas and other sustainable solutions.Recent projects include:
- Management and rollout of 26 rural biogas digesters on behalf of SANEDI and the department of energy in ndwedwe kwazulu natal
- Project management of the cato manor green street retrofit on behalf of the green building council of south africa and the eThekwini municipality
- Management of the urine diversion waste removal contract on behalf of eThekwini municipality
- Development of a black soldier fly plant for processing UD faecal waste using public private principles on behalf of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and eThekwini municipality
Lawrence Ngubane holds a bachelor’s degree in development and public administration. He also holds certificates in project management and education development and training practices. He is currently a managing member of khanyisa projects.
He has 25 years’ experience in the community development sector working in various capacities, including projects, training and institution building facilitation.
In the past 12 years he has been involved in the eThekwini municipality's water and sanitation department customer interfacing programmes addressing issues of water losses, unsustainable water use and payment for services at household level.
During this period he has been party to the design of innovative customer interfacing programmes that have yielded positive results.
Sarah Jarman is a specialist GIS and database developer and manager who has managed these aspects of the eThekwini customer service programme and the UD waste removal project since 2008.Activities include:
- Access database development and management
- Reporting using GIS and analysis of various databases including the municipal "coins" database
- Integration and consolidation of data in GIS using shape files
- Use of juno trimble devices to collect data for asset management software solutions
She holds post graduate qualifications in chemical engineering and integrated water management and is currently the project manager on the implementation side of the engineering field testing platform of the Reinvent The Toilet Programme prototypes. Ruth has worked on water, wastewater and sludge treatment systems, sanitation solutions, faecal sludge management, financial analysis of sanitation systems and integrated water management projects. She enjoys being in a job that tackles the challenge of making sanitation happen at scale: integrating different fields of work and working with an amazing variety of people.
With an S2 in mechanical engineering and project management qualifications, Muzi Thoba has extensive experience in the following fields:
- Community engagement and councillor liaison
- Project management of agricultural infrastructure projects
- GIS data management and management of GIS field teams
- Field supervision of projects