Coordination for the – SANS 30500 Testing and Certification (Mark scheme) Pilot

The South African Sanitation Technology Enterprise Programme (SASTEP) aims to transform the South African sanitation landscape through fostering and facilitating the adoption of innovative sanitation technologies and solution that are appropriate in the South African context.

The SASTEP model involves working with commercial partners and other strategic stakeholders to remove barriers that hinder uptake and adoption of relevant technologies, creating a platform to demonstrate, commercialize and industrialize these technologies and solutions such that can address the country’s sanitation needs, create jobs and contribute to GDP.

Off-grid and non-sewer sanitation systems offer South Africa the opportunity to expand access to the marginalized and poorly served with improved and sustainable sanitation services. This approach will assist with addressing the current sanitation backlogs and meet the target for the Sustainable Developmental Goal 6 (SDG 6) – “ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.

The Water Research Commission (WRC) has championed non-sewered sanitation research, development, and innovation for over 20 years and in 2014 partnered with the Department of Science and Technology and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to focus efforts that brings about sanitation transformation in South Africa and Africa, a concept termed SANiTI (Sanitation Transformation Initiative).

Through the WRC and the South African Bureau of Standards partnership, South Africa was well represented on the international panel that supported the creation of the ISO 30500 standard which SABS went on to adopt as the national standard in South Africa, the 2nd country in Africa to do so. Such standards-based practices enhance competitive edge for nascent companies and industrial development and is also instrumental in facilitation of international trade.

The next key step will be to build a certification (mark) scheme inclusive of testing, laboratory readiness and a certification mark. This project seeks to coordinate a national platform to develop a cost efficient and functional certification / accreditation process for SANS 30500 that will enable innovators and manufacturers develop quality products in accordance with the standard.

Any technical queries should be directed to the SASTEP Programme Manager,

Mr Akin Akinsete on

Any submission and admin related queries should be directed to

Mr Alpheus Sebolaaneng on

Telephone: 065 889 1493

The terms of reference can be found on the WRC website:

The proposal must be submitted on the BMS portal no later than Friday, 10 December 2021 using the attached BMS guideline by the close of business (16h00). Late applications will not be considered.

For queries regarding the BMS upload you can contact the BMS support team on


Applicants should download the questionnaire from the WRC website (The Calls are on WRC Website under Proposals > Research Opportunities > Open and Special Calls, ) Completed questionnaire to be submitted to: by no later than Tuesday, 28th February 2023 by the close of business (16h00). Late applications will not be considered.


Email Submissions:
Queries: Akin Akinsete –