Workshop Overview

Our programme, extensively researched with utilities and municipalities across Africa, will provide you with practical experience and knowledge to make your job easier.

See below the techical workshop programmes:

Workshop 1

Maintenance & Asset management

Day 1: Tuesday 15 May

Maintenance solutions for the power sector

Facilitator: Jamiu Badmos, Head: Health, Safety & Environment, Ikeja Electric, Nigeria



Crevice corrosion at the ‘weakest link’ of all power equipment: O&M considerations for long-term protection

Daniel van der Westhuizen, Director, African Coating Enterprises, South Africa

Rick Noles, Director of Sales and Marketing, Watson Coatings, USA

Carl Havemann, Consultant: corrosion and coatings, Corrosion Enterprises, South Africa



Dangers and hazards of entry into live substations and enclosures

Barry Gass, Training Manager, High Voltage Training, South Africa



IFS applications for the energy and utilities industry

Thabang Seganye, Pre -Sales Solutions Consultant, IFS, South Africa



Employing Eskom Rotek technical knowhow 

Wiseman Musekiwa, HoD  Multi Axle/Lowbeds/Cranes , Eskom Rotek Industries, South Africa


Turbo generator repair facility 

Dr Amesh N Singh, Eskom Rotek Industries, South Africa



Pursue excellence, create more value

Meng Qiang, Shandong Electric Power Engineering Consulting Institute, China 


Numerical Modelling Applications in Utility Boiler Maintenance 

Warwick Ham, Process Engineering Group Leader, Steinmüller Africa, South Africa


EEP Africa Call for Proposals launch 

Launch of the first Call for Proposals of EEP Africa, a EUR 25 million trust fund to provide early stage grant and catalytic financing to innovative clean energy projects, technologies and business models. Energy and Environment Partnership Trust Fund (EEP Africa)

Day 2: Wednesday 16 May

Maintenance solutions for the power sector 



Crevice Corrosion at the ‘weakest link’ of all solar power equipment: O&M considerations for long-term protection

Daniel van der Westhuizen, Director, African Coating Enterprises, South Africa

Rick Noles, Director of Sales and Marketing, Watson Coatings, USA

Carl Havemann, Consultant: corrosion and coatings, Corrosion Enterprises cc.



Developments in theft deterrent power cables

Sam Kgosana , Key Accounts Manager , Aberdare Cables, South Africa



Increasing the capacity of existing transmission line by re-conductoring using ACSS HTLS conductors

Thomas Wilki, Director, International Sales & Development, Southwire Company, LLC, USA




Distribution Transformer Failures and Counter Measures

Dr. Katsutoshi Toda, Executive Chairman, Toshiba Transmission & Distribution Systems Pvt. Ltd., India



Embracing next generation telecommunications technologies enabling smart grids and substation automation

Francis Baestaens, Business Development Manager, OTN Systems, Belgium



Modular, decentralised gas-to-power solutions for the African market

Tobias Hobbach, Managing Director, Sustainable Power Generation (Pty) Ltd, South Africa


Day 3: Thursday 17 May

Asset management 

Facilitator: Compton Saunders, Globeleq SA Management Services, South Africa



The discipline of asset management – ISO 55000 as a leadership and boardroom tool

Compton Saunders, Operations Manager, Globeleq, South Africa



Risk: Leveraging risk – How managing risk supports strategy and asset management decision making 

Willie van Niekerk, Commercial Director, Globaleq, South Africa



Performance: Sustaining organisational performance through leveraging assets and human capital

Karl Nepgen, Partner, Pragma, South Africa



Cost: Informed decision making drives costs and optimisation 

Grahame Fogel, Managing Director, Gaussian Engineering, South Africa

Workshop 2

Metering Workshops

Tuesday 15 May 2018 

Strengthening your smart metering network device 



Metering solar power

Harold Hayes, Chief Technology Officer, Landis & Gyr, South Africa



Historical and future perspective of using PLC based communication technology for Smart Meter deployments in Africa

Imraan Mohamed, Business Development  Manager, Actom, South Africa


Harnessing emerging LPWA-IOT technologies to extend network capabilities 

Lawrence Juku, Executive Head Utilities Vodacom IoT, Vodacom, South Africa


Latest advances in strengthening the transmission range of electricity smart meters  

Mbae Ariel Mutegi, Chief Engineer: Network Audit, Kenya Power, Kenya


Utilising Near Field Communication (NFC) in smart metering devices 

Yackov Dar, Managing Director, Power-C Metering Africa


Understanding the features of the STS Edition 2 

Franco Pucci, Technical Consultant, STSA, SA

16:00 STSA closing networking drinks break stand number E16

Wednesday 16 May 2018 

Exploring technical specifications and performance requirements in smart meters



Meter To Cash Plus 

Abraham Ortega, Senior Consultant, Hexing Electrical, South Africa 


Distribution automation: AMI, LPU,DTM

Matsotso Vuso, Managing Director, Nyamezela Group, South Africa


Application of the DLMS/Cosem standard in the African Smart Metering/Smart Grid Context

Juan Camacho, Mnaaging Director, Andrea Informatique, France

Thursday 17 May 2018 

Energy Management



Software data management for customized report delivery 

Otavio Wieczorek, Electrical Engineer, Prolux, Brazil 


Effective utility data collection and management for large property portfolios – leading innovative solutions 

Ilse Swanepoel, Head of Utilities & Environmental Sustainability, Redefine Properties, South Africa


The value of data visualisation in reporting and managing utilities and operations for large companies operating across many sites – leading

Kevin James, CEO, GCX, South Africa

Workshop 3 

Water Technical Workshop Programme

Tuesday 15 May 2018 

How utilities and municipalities can harness effective solutions to meet with  competing demands of service delivery 

Chairperson: Sicelo Mashwama, SHEQ Manager, Swaziland Water Services Corporation, Swaziland


What does digital transformation mean for water utilities?

Brian Williams, Industry Advisor, SAP EMEA South, UAE 


The impact of technology on a utility company in transition

Richard Appiah Otoo, Chief Manager Technology, Ghana


Making smart metering intelligent

Gerardt P Viljoen, Managing Director, Sensus, South Africa


The enablement of smart water metering through the adoption of LPWAN technologies

Sean Laval, Innovations and Customer Solutions Executive, Sqwidnet, South Africa 

Smart and Resillient Cities

 Smart and resilient Buildings 

Tuesday 15 May

In collaboration with the Green Building Council South Africa



A smarter vision for future African cities

Carel Snyman, Energy and mobility consultant, South Africa


Do green buildings really matter? Hint: far more than you might think

Manfred Braune, Executive Director, Green Building Council, South Africa


Case study: Design vs actual performance –Two 6 Star green buildings, one rated for its design and the other for its performance

Andre Harms, Sustainability Engineer & Founder,  Ecolution, South Africa*


Energy autonomous campus programme

Peter Mukoma,  Principal Research Engineer - Energy Demand, CSIR, South Africa


Case studies: Sustainable, smart neighbourhoods – developing neighbourhoods of the future

Wolf Stinnes, Smart Buildings and Digital Cities Solutions Architect, Dimension Data, South Africa

Greg Veerasamy, Development Executive, Tongaat Hulett Developments, South Africa*

Marloes Reinink, Owner, Solid Green Consulting CC, South Africa*

Carel Snyman, Energy and mobility consultant, South Africa

Kevin Schlemmer, Managing Director, CoolCheck, South Africa

Denis Van Es, Professional Engineer - Energy Management, Measurement & Verification, South Africa *

Dr Peter Mukoma, Program Manager: Demand Response and Energy Efficiency, CSIR, South Africa*


What legislation exists to help support the growth of green building & sustainability?

Lesley Sibanda, C40 - SEA Technical Officer: Energy Efficiency in New Buildings

Sustainable Energy Markets Dept , City of Cape Town, South Africa

Wednesday 16 May 2018 

Water efficiency: Solutions for commercial water users to reduce consumption

Chairperson:Nora Hanke-Louw, Acting Sector Manager, EWSETA, South Africa



Innovative techniques on water storage sustainable solutions for commercial water users

James Preston, Marketing Manager, SBS Tanks, South Africa


Panel: What is the impact of water restrictions on commercial users?   What lessons have been learnt?

Feroz Koor, Head of Sustainability, Woolworths Holdings, South Africa

Jane Reddick, Water Sector Analyst: Drought Business Support, Green Cape, South Africa 

Nardo Snyman, Sustainability Specialist, Growthpoint Properties, South Africa


Achieving a net zero water rating using treated sewage water and onsite recycled water 

Kyle Hobbs, Mechanical Engineer, Sutherland Engineers, South Africa


Case study: Old Mutual net zero water implementation plan on onsite water sewage treatment 

Khiyam  Fredericks, National Technical Manager, Old Mutual, South Africa

Electric Mobility

Wednesday 16 May 

Moderator: Ashanti Mogosetsi, Low Carbon Transport- South Africa Project,

Energy Department, South Africa



Electric Vehicles - moving beyond Tesla

Wynand Goosen, Founder, WattEV2Buy, South Africa



Can Africa Leapfrog to Clean and Sustainable Mobility?

Maletlabo Handel,  National Project Coordinator Low-carbon Transport SA, Energy Department, UNIDO, South Africa



Sectorial report feedback

Khanyiselo Kumalo, Green Cape, South Africa


Smart-grid pilot project for resilient electric vehicle infrastructure

Hiten Parmar, Secretariat - Electric Vehicle Industry Association and Director, uYilo E-Mobility Programme, South Africa


Case studies: How are entrepreneurs offering sustainable transport solutions?

Amiene van der Merwe, Founder and Director, Green Cab, South Africa

Neil du Preez, Founder & CEO, Mellowcabs, South Africa

Andy le May, Founder, EWIZZ Electric Vehicles, South Africa

Hiten Parmar, Director, uYilo E-Mobility Programme, South Africa


Future public transport for urban cities

Andries Louw, Founder and Director, Futran System, South Africa

15:15 – 15:30

Electric vehicles: A utility’s perspective

Miles Jacobs, Network Optimisation Engineer, Eskom, South Africa


The impact of EVs on the liquid fuels sector

Anthony Dane, Director, Change Pathways, South Africa

Thursday 17 May 2018

Exploring best practices within water management

Chairperson: James Preston, Marketing Manager, SBS Tanks, South Africa


How can municipalities develop their workforce for operational success?

Reserved Presentation EWSETA


The Digital transformation journey for a Water Utility company

Nchidzi Malumbela, Information Services Manager, Water Utilities Corporation, Botswana



Water Crisis? What Water Crisis? Water Reuse for Sustainable IWRM 

Dave Shackleton, CEO,, Australia


Harnessing opportunities resultant from recurrent drought situations

Sicelo Mashwama, SHEQ Manager, Swaziland Water Services Corporation, Swaziland


The Danish Pavilion Talk: 

Do better with less using technology applications to improve water management and reduce water consumption:  

Mathias Poulsen, Product Specialist, Kamstrup, Denmark

Jason Hallowes ,CEO, EkoSource, South Africa 

Katrina Zlobich, Business Development Manager , Grundfos, South Africa

Workshop 4 

Tuesday 15 May 2017

Innovation Hub

Exhibition Floor

09:30-11:30 Keynote

Social Innovation: The Driving Force of Social Change


Social change: 

How cultural and community insight can help us innovate the future we want 

Chairperson: Alex Densmore, Founder, Activation Energy, South Africa 



An interactive showcase:

Presentations and demonstrations by innovators and entrepreneus whose transfer and adaptation of technologies tackle water and energy challenges in Africa


- Clement Mokoenene, Founder, Vehicle Energy Harvesting System (VEHS), South Africa

- Thomas Murphy, Founder, AfriSoul Life Systems, SA 

- Patrice Boyer, Civil Engineer and Project Manager, Turnkey Water Solutions, South Africa & Maxime                Therrillion, Export Manager, Mascara Renewable Water, France

- Kuda Mzembe, Co-founder, Advanced Power Technologies, Zimbabwe 

- Sandiswa Qayi, Managing Director, AET Africa, South Africa

- Peter Jordaan, CEO, Water Power 4all, South Africa 

- Jakob Andersen,CEO, Mash Biotech, Denmark

14:15 – 15:00

Investing in entrepreneurs:

Connecting innovators with investors and causes with contributors, ultimately supporting water and energy solutions


- Patrick Schofield, COO and Co-founder, ThundaFund and Uprise.Africa, South Africa – a presentation on the    benefits of crowdfuning

- Maximilian Pichulik, Partner, Impact Amplifier, South Africa

- Abraham Cambridge,CEO,The Sun Exchange, South Africa 

15:00 – 15:15

Ideation to implementation: 

Understanding the key to successful innovation by learning the implementation framework to get a product market ready  


Thabo Ramphore, Inovation Lead, Innovation Switch, South Africa




16:00 Innovative EU energy and environmental technologies: pitches by 15 European innovators 

Nuclear Power Africa

Africa’s Nuclear Agenda

Thursday 17 May 2018


Africa’s nuclear energy future

Chairmen introduction

09:30 – 09:40

A presentation on the government’s approach to Kenya's Future Energy Mix 

Speaker: Thuo Njoroge Daniel Butti, Lecturer, Karatina University, Kenya

09:40 – 09:50

A presentation on the nuclear industry’s readiness strategy for South Africa 

Speaker: Des Muller, Director, NuEnergy Developments, South Africa

 09:50 – 10:30

Panel discussion: South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) – how much nuclear energy should be included in the country’s future energy mix?


- The key issues that impact the timing and affordability of the South African Nuclear New Build  programme

- How ready is South Africa for a Nuclear New Build programme?

- How will South Africa avoid construction delays, which result in financial distress to technology venders?  


- Des Muller, Director, NuEnergy Developments, South Africa

- Loyiso Tyabashe, Senior Manager, Nuclear New Build Eskom, South Africa

Session 3.2

Financing methods for nuclear new builds 

10:30 – 10:45

A presentation on the current electricity status and long-term implications for South Africa’s economy

Speaker: Rob Jeffrey, Economic Risk Consultant, Econometrix, South Africa 

10:45– 11:30


Panel discussion: Options available for financing large capital intense projects, such as nuclear

- What is the appetite for investors to fund nuclear projects?

- How can stakeholders ensure there is little legacy debt?

- How will nuclear boost Africa’s economy?

- What insurance costs must be considered? 

- Convincing investors to invest in the nuclear energy sector, aside renewable energy independent programmes



- Rob Jeffrey, Economist, Econometrix, South Africa

- Thuo Njoroge Daniel Butti, Energy Economist, Karatina University, Kenya

- Anthonie Cilliers, Programme Manager: Nuclear Engineering, Wits University, South Africa

- Meike Wetsch, Programme Manager, Coega Development Corporation, South Africa


Public rebranding exercise for Nuclear energy

11:30 – 11:45

A presentation on global lessons learnt from recent nuclear construction projects 

Speaker: Greg Kaser, Senior Project Manager, World Nuclear Association, UK

11:45 – 12:30

Panel discussion: Recommendations for demystifying nuclear myths across Africa and address public perceptions through effective communication


How do you address the following questions and concerns:

- Lack of transparency  associated with mega-project procurements

- Capital costs and associated financing and affordability of mega-projects

- How will the transportation of radioactive materials affect the public?

- What is the strategy for educating press on nuclear to effectively inform its public? 

- What is the nuclear response to climate change?



- Greg Kaser, Senior Project Manager, World Nuclear Association, UK

- Des Muller, Director, NuEnergy Developments, South Africa

- Bravance Mashele, Integrated Plan Design (Koeberg) Manager, South Africa

- Gaopalelwe Santswere, Senior Scientist, Necsa, South Africa*


Chairman closes Nuclear Power Africa conference 

Energy Revolution Africa Workshops

Day 2: Wednesday 16 May

Solar SOS: 

Road map for commercial and industrial solar installation 

13:00 – 13:05

Moderator Introduction

13:05 – 13:35


Due diligence checklist: how to identify the dominant elements to pre-qualify your site for its solar potential 

Nic van der Westhuizen, Project Engineer, Tritec Energy, South Africa

 13:35 – 14:05

Quality and risk mitigation of material selection, ensuring long-term efficiency and performance of the plants  

Christopher Steinbach, Downstream Ambassador Photovoltics, DuPont, South Africa

14:05 – 14:50


Crevice Corrosion at the ‘weakest link’ of all solar power equipment: O&M considerations for long-term protection

Daniel van der Westhuizen, Director, Afrisun Coating Enterprises (Pty) Ltd, RSA

14:50 – 15:20


Storage Solutions: Combining short and long term storage to unlock the full potential of decentralised renewable energy production

Chris Prengels, Founder and CEO, Tiger Power, Belgium

15:20 – 15:50

Case study: Commercial and industrial micro-grids for Africa: Eaton’s Wadeville, South Africa Installation

Louis Shaffer, Distributed Energy Segment Leader EMEA, Eaton, South Africa

Sumaya Abdool, Head of Marketing – Africa, Eaton, South Africa

Marcel Buckner, Business Development Manager, Eaton, South Africa 

15:50 – 16:20

Ensuring Technical Bankability in solar projects

Kevin Robinson, Technical Sales Manager, Jinko Solar, South Africa

16:20 – 16:30

Moderator Close 

Day 3: Thursday 17 May

Putting wind and waste to work 

12.30 – 13:00


A closer look at the status of the wind industry in Africa

Tony Tiyou, Director, Renewables in Africa, UK

13:00 – 13:30


Generation of electricity and heat from biomass: what are the technological options and potential pitfalls?

Nick Ash, Principal Consultant, Ricardo, UK

13:30 – 14:00


Designing a sustainable renewable energy hybrid system for rural Africa 

Yats Gopaul, Director, CapeAfrica Renewable Energy, South Africa

14:00 – 14.30

What can biogas do for the environment and what are the benefit for municipalities and companies?

Horst Unterlechner, Technical Director, ibert, South Africa

14:30 – 15:00

Combined wind and solar PV feed-in to the grid– a case for generation to exceed grid and substation nominal capacity without curtailment 

Crescent Mushwana, Research Group Leader (Energy Systems), CSIR, South Africa

Helen Ganal, Fraunhofer IEE, Germany 

15:00 – 15:30

Panel discussion: putting wind and waste to work; a tool for improving life, livelihoods and health


- Morten Hald, Senior Trade Officer, Royal Embassy of Denmark, South Africa


- Klaus Poulsen, CEO, Wind and Solar Implement, South Africa 

- Jorgen Ballermann, CEO, Xergi, Denmark 

- Jakob Andersen, CEO, Mash Biotech, Denmark