South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - Reinvented Toilet Technology Demonstration and Roadmap to Commercialization

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South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - Reinvented Toilet Technology Demonstration and Roadmap to Commercialization

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) South Africa and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) recently announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – “Partnership in the Demonstration of Sanitation Solutions in Rural and Peri-Urban South Africa” at The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Fair in Delhi, India. The MoU outlines the cooperation between the two organisations towards achieving sanitation delivery through the implementation / application of innovative sanitation solutions.

The DST has committed ZAR 30 million (US$ 3.0 million) over two years to fund the implementation and field-testing of innovative sanitation technologies and approaches in South Africa. The technologies to be demonstrated were developed through the BMGF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WSH) programme, in particular, those from the BMGF’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge *. The BMFG WSH programme is contributing US$ 1 million to support the testing of technologies selected. The lessons learnt through the demonstration of these solutions will be shared with the global community.

The South African Water Research Commission (WRC) will serve as the implementing agent for the technologies to be demonstrated. Enquiries of interest are welcomed to potential BMGF grantees who feel that their technologies are ready for demonstration.
Enquires to be directed to Mr Jay Bhagwan, Executive Manager of Water Use and Waste Management, Water Research Commission, Pretoria, South Africa.

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Re: The BMGF-DST "Partnership in the Demonstration of Sanitation Solutions in Rural and Peri-Urban South Africa" - Enquiries Welcome

UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2014

The BMGF-DST Partnership in the Demonstration of Sanitation Solutions in Rural and Peri-Urban South Africa, has yielded the South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP).

Five preliminary technologies from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge have been included in planning for SASTEP.

A workshop was organised for the participants of the SASTEP programme,, over 26th - 30th October 2014, viz. the Department of Science & Technology, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Water Research Commission, and technology partners. This SASTEP workshop included site visits to potential demonstration sites in the Easter Cape, as well as presentations on the sate of sanitation service delivery in South Africa, and sanitation service delivery initiatives.

The workshop continued in Pretoria, where partners met to negotiate commitments to the programme, and to deal with partner queries.

The SASTEP Management Committee convened their first meeting during the workshop, to discuss the strategy of the SASTEP programme and address high level decisions.

A seminar was also included in the SASTEP workshop, to publically announce the launch of the SASTEP programme to stakeholders, and to enable interaction between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, technology partners and local stakeholders.


SASTEP Workshop Day 1 – Cofimvaba Site Visits

Workshop attendees were transported to Cofimvaba municipal offices, where attendees met with councillors and municipal officials from Cofimvaba and the Chris Hani Municipality.

These meetings served to formally inform the local administration of SASTEP activities within the Chris Hani Municipality, and procedurally seek approval from councillors.

The workshop then proceeded to visit Arthur Mfebe Secondary School, Gando Junior Secondary School, and Ntshingeni Junior Secondary School. The conditions of the schools provided an indication of challenges faced by rural schools with regards to sanitation, and what sanitation services and initiatives had been achieved with the support of local municipality. These included new low flush toilet in trial phase, as well as toilet blocks assembled from pre-fabricated materials, another experimental initiative.


SASTEP Workshop Day 2 – Amanzi ‘Bantu Presentations and Tours

Workshop attendees were transported to Amanzi ’Bantu offices, outside East London, where attendees received presentations from:
- Oliver Ive of Impilo Yabantu, on Social Franchising for Water and Sanitation Delivery
- Amathole District Municipality, on Amathole District Municipality On-site Sanitation
- Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, on Status of Water and Sanitation within Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

These presentations highlighted pioneering social franchising experimental programmes which enable communities to resolve a lack of sanitation services within communities of the Eastern Cape. This also demonstrated the capacity for communities to support SASTEP servicing requirements.

The workshop was then transported to see two social franchised sanitation service operations, in operation, in Newlands, Eastern Cape.


SASTEP Workshop Day 3 – Workshop Meetings

On the third day of the workshop, all workshop attendees were involved in an information sharing meeting, where the Department of Science & Technology, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Water Research Commission, and technology partners were able to discuss agreements, concerns and clarification of details for SASTEP, as well as provide feedback of the Easter Cape workshop activities. This session allowed technology partners and the implementation partners to share information that would allow SASTEP to move forwards towards implementation.

The SASTEP Management Committee had their inaugural meeting, to discuss the strategy of how SASTEP would be implemented, as well as resolve any high-level queries.

All delegates also visited the Sanitation Technology Demonstration Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. This provided an informative guide to innovative sanitation solutions that are present in the southern Africa region.


SASTEP Workshop Day 4 – SASTEP Seminar

On the final day of the workshop, workshop attendees were present at the SASTEP national seminar, for the public launch of the SASTEP programme.

Also, present at the seminar were government representatives, municipal officials and councillors, private sector representatives, media and other stakeholders.

The Department of Science & Technology, the Department of Water & Sanitation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Water Research Commission provided presentations on key areas of sanitation in South Africa, pertaining to the necessity for innovative sanitation solutions. Team leaders from each technology developer then provided presentations on each of their own technologies.

This was followed by a panel discussion, where the public was able to question team leaders on their technologies and provide input on the intentions of the SASTEP programme.


From Here...

Following this workshop, SASTEP partners are in negotiations to finalise finer details for the first SASTEP demonstration, which will commence in Q2 2015.


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Re: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - BMGF-DST Partnership

An Overview of SASTEP* was presented at the 3rd International Faecal Sludge Management Conference (FSM3). (Presentation)

The RTTC technologies listed in the presentation are used as potential examples and are not confirmed for demonstration. Nor will SASTEP technologies be limited to the technologies considered in the presentation.

Please feel free to let me know if there are any queries!


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Re: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - BMGF-DST Partnership

The video of Stuart's presentation in Hanoi (January 2015) is now also available here:


Or scrol to time 17:00 here:



The question and answer session starts at time 25:16 in the same video. Stuart got asked some tough questions so if you are interested in this demonstration program in South Africa called SASTEP then it's well worth watching this presentation and discussion.

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Re: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - BMGF-DST Partnership

Hi Stuart,
The SASTEP program sounds very interesting, and I was wondering if there is any information yet on the progress of the demonstration or what was chosen as the focus.

I noticed that you discussed what sounds like a very unique testing environment - difficult-to-access rural areas where communities have a range of previous experience with innovative technologies. Are any other ‘real-world’ tests planned in different rural communities without such experience with new technologies, and how do things progress after the demonstration steps if they are successful?

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Re: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - BMGF-DST Partnership

Hi Sarah,

My apologies for the delay in response, I was waiting till we had an exciting update to share. Currently we're at an exciting stage where there are some developments in progress.

The first shipment of units for demonstration units is in South Africa and is currently being transported to the rural municipality where the demonstrations are taking place. We're also currently covering all our bases and engaging in community work so we can hit the ground running in Feb 2016.

We'll have a proper update to share soon once things are finalised.

Are any other ‘real-world’ tests planned in different rural communities without such experience with new technologies, and how do things progress after the demonstration steps if they are successful?


Yes, after the initial demonstration of a few months, we'll see if the units need any further development or if they're suitable to proceed to a more widespread demonstration in other rural areas that don't have experience with similar programmes.

For technologies where the demonstrations are successful (w.r.t. performance, user acceptance and suitability) we will begin a process of developing a strategy for commercialisation, localisation of manufacturing, and otherwise stimulate the local private sectors for uptake of these technologies.

Thanks for your interest!

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Re: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - BMGF-DST Partnership

Update: The first units of the Earth Auger implemented in SASTEP Programme. Prefab units can be installed in under 30 min. Please see attachments.

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Re: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - BMGF-DST Partnership

The SASTEP EarthAuger implementation is well underway, and more than half of the 200 units are now on the ground!

The superstructure used in this demonstration is a prefabricated concrete superstructure, developed by Rocla, and takes approximately 20 minutes to erect.

Dr Chuck Henry and myself were documenting the implementation, and will have several videos demonstrating how accessible this dignified sanitation solution is to implement in rural areas. However, a rough video on the installation of the superstructure is already available:
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Dr. Chuck Henry, the developer of the Earth Auger, also discusses the unit here:
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Re: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - BMGF-DST Partnership

PROJECT UPDATE:


200 EarthAugers have been assembled and are ready for new homes in Ida, Easter Cape. (Pic attached)

Most of the EarthAuger superstructures have been installed, with the EarthAuger units themselves now being installed into the superstructures. One owner has become quite attached to the unit before the toilet has arrived, personalising it with a different coat of paint. (pics attached).

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Our project has been going on since two years and has another two years to go, so I think this is a good moment to provide this formal introduction and update for it:

Title of grant: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) – Reinvented Toilet Technology Demonstration and Roadmap to Commercialization

Name of lead organization: Water research commission (WRC); Department of Science and Technology (South Africa) (WRC is the lead organization in this case although our official designation in the project is ‘implementing agent’, and the project is a partnership between WRC, DST and BMGF)
  • Primary contact at lead organization: Jay Bhagwan / Stuart Woolley
  • Grantee location: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Developing country where the research is being tested: South Africa
  • Start and end date: 25 Nov 2014 to 30 Nov 2018
  • Grant type: Other
  • Grant size in USD: From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: 1 million USD (as per grant database: www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quic...s/2014/11/OPP1116992 ) plus funding by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST): The DST has committed ZAR 30 million (~US$ 3.0 million) over two years to fund the implementation and field-testing of innovative sanitation technologies and approaches in South Africa.
Goals:

(i) To test the latest in cutting-edge non-sewered sanitation technologies that eliminate faecal sludges and promote resource efficiency; ii) Assess and evaluate for feasibility of widespread use and commercialisation in South Africa; iii) Provide safe and adequate sanitation facilities, particularly in undeveloped rural areas which lack infrastructure.


Objectives of SASTEP:

i) Demonstrate technologies in phases; ii) Provide hard evidence on performance; iii) Provide hard evidence on impact; iv) Iterative feedback to technology developers; v) Catalyse and orient sanitation industry towards water saving and beneficiation systems.

Objectives of the RTTC (Reinvent the Toilet Challenge of the Gates Foundation):

• Disinfect human waste • Recover resources from human waste • Less than US$ 5 cents per user per day • ‘Off the grid’ • Self sufficient
For details see: www.susana.org/en/resources/library/details/1636


Short description of the project:

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) South Africa and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) recently announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) – “Partnership in the Demonstration of Sanitation Solutions in Rural and Peri-Urban South Africa” at The Reinvent the Toilet Challenge Fair in Delhi, India. The MoU outlines the cooperation between the two organisations towards achieving sanitation delivery through the implementation / application of innovative sanitation solutions.

The DST has committed ZAR 30 million (~US$ 3.0 million) over two years to fund the implementation and field-testing of innovative sanitation technologies and approaches in South Africa. The technologies to be demonstrated were developed through the BMGF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WSH) programme, in particular, those from the BMGF’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. The BMFG WSH programme is contributing US$1 million to support the testing of technologies selected. The lessons learnt through the demonstration of these solutions will be shared with the global community.

The South African Water Research Commission (WRC) will serve as the implementing agent for the demonstration programme. Enquiries of interest are welcomed to potential BMGF grantees who feel that their technologies are ready for demonstration.

Two technologies from the RTTC have been confirmed for installation in 2016:

1. Caltech: Self-contained, PV-powered domestic toilet and wastewater treatment system ( forum.susana.org/forum/categories/105-pr...te-of-technology-usa )

2. Critical Practices: EarthAuger urine-diverting dry toilet (UDDT), see here on the Forum: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/34-uri...-and-other-countries . Two-hundred units have been delivered to South Africa and will be ready for use by mid-2016.

Previous discussion on forum about EarthAuger toilet in Ecuador: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/106-us...on-in-terris-ecuador


SASTEP is not limited to these two technologies, as SASTEP aims to demonstrate up to five technologies over the duration of the programme. RTTC innovators* who have a near-final product or processing unit (back-end treatment system) are welcome to contact Mr.Stuart Woolley.


Research or implementation partners: The organizations whose technologies were selected for demonstration

Links, further readings – results to date: Current state of affairs:

The first technology to be demonstrated is the EarthAuger. 200 EarthAuger unitswere in South Africa and and transported to the a rural municipality where the demonstrations are taking place. SASTEP is engaging in community work in order to ensure the acceptance of the technology to aid the success of the demonstration programme.
After the initial demonstration of a few months, we'll see if the units need any further development or if they're suitable to proceed to a more widespread demonstration in other rural areas that don't have experience with similar programmes.

For technologies where the demonstrations are successful (w.r.t. performance, user acceptance and suitability) we will begin a process of developing a strategy for commercialisation, localisation of manufacturing, and otherwise stimulate the local private sectors for uptake of these technologies.


Biggest successes so far:

Mobilising rural communities to accept and support the demonstration programme, achieved through rigorous social interaction and facilitation.


Main challenges / frustration:

Importing of new technologies for demonstration which are not classifiable by national bureaus of customs and excise.


* "RTTC innovators" is defined here specifically as those developers that were a part of the original BMGF Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. Technology developers of similar technologies would be able to negotiate with us directly for opportunites to demonstrate under other programmes with other sources of funding.


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Re: South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP) - Reinvented Toilet Technology Demonstration and Roadmap to Commercialization

Dr Chuck Henry and Dr Ed Kellogg recently visited the implementation sites of the EarthAuger demonstration in Ida, South Africa.

To learn their thoughts on the visit, please visit a new thread Ed has established, which contains a trip report detailing their trip and observations:
Dr Edwin Kellogg's Trip Report

Should you also wish to visit any WRC demonstration sites to form an opinion on the functionality of a technology in the field, such as an EarthAuger, please feel free to get in touch.

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Hello Strwart,

Do you have any written documents, results, learned lessons from the technology you can share now?

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