Jo Barnes speaks at Mensa

■ Dr Jo Barnes, epidemiologist and senior lecturer at the Stellenbosch University (SU) Faculty of Health Sciences, is the guest speaker at the Winelands Chapter of Mensa SA tomorrow, Thursday March 22, at 7.15pm in Somerset West. Dr Barnes endeavours to drive actions and create awareness about the growing problem of urban water pollution, sanitation and related health issues through her research and community interaction, and as speaker on many public forums. She will be exploring some aspects of the present drought versus the current water shortage in her presentation titled “Let’s not waste a good drought”. Dr Barnes holds degrees in mathematics, epidemiology and community health. Her major research interests are water-related diseases, water pollution, and sanitation, and she has extensive knowledge of the river water quality in the area, as well as pollution sources. Entry is free.