24 - 26 November 2020
CTICC, Cape Town

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Strategic Conference

Connect with the who's who of the industry, learn from renowned experts and future-proof your organisation's strategy

African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa is the must-attend event for Africa's power, energy and water industry professionals. The event features the most sought-after African and international speakers and hottest strategic topics.

As a Conference Delegate, you will have access to seminars, briefings and panel discussions as well as exclusive networking opportunities with the people in the know across Africa's power, energy and water industries.

 

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World-class content

World-class content

With 5 tracks to choose from, and an elite group of over 300 expert speakers to share best practice and inspirational solutions, the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa Strategic Conference programme can help you achieve your business objectives.

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Unrivalled networking

Unrivalled networking

From the Welcome Party to exclusive networking lunches and partner events, you will have numerous opportunities to establish valuable business relationships. Gold Pass Delegates can also access the African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards.

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Exclusive connections

Exclusive connections

The Strategic Conference brings together key stakeholders from across the power, energy and water industries and is the perfect opportunity for you to connect with senior-level industry professionals from Africa and beyond.

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Strategic Conference Tracks

Finance and Investment Strategy 
The who’s who of the energy sector come together with financiers and investors to unpack today’s energy complexities and facilitate well considered decision making.

Smart Energy
This track will embrace the digitalisation of the utility distribution sector by encompassing metering, IOT, storage and the convergence of IT/OT. 

Water
This track will bring together experts from public and private sectors to support municipalities and utilities to become more responsive and efficient drivers in water security practices.

Energy Revolution Africa
Energy Revolution Africa is a dynamic meeting place for solution providers, consultants, renewable energy producers and energy leaders to develop alternative solutions and accelerate the sustainable electrification of Africa. Particular attention will be paid to the priorities of the Commercial & Industrial sector around security and stability of power supply. 

Future Cities 
This track explores solutions needed to confront Africa’s current urban living challenges to create the cities of tomorrow. The conference brings together city leaders, developers, regulators and the finance sector to explore best practices and high-tech solutions to make smart cities a reality for Africa. 

Strategic Conference Programme 2020

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09:00
  1. 120 mins
    Conference plenary High level speakers from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and Eskom will address today's challenges.    
11:00
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    90 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
      
13:30
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Presentation: Exploring the socio-economic status of water security and its impact on urbanisation  
  2. 90 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
    Translating the IRP into procurement and investment South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan 2019 an electricity infrastructure development plan based on least-cost electricity supply and demand balanc ...
  3. 90 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Smart Energy
    Combatting losses in the modern utility – best practise and considerations Technical vs non-technical losses Primary and secondary metering applications Other technology Processes and people   Panelli ...
  4. 15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Presentation: How are African cities adapting to climate change and rethinking the design of utilities Anton Cartwright, Researcher, African Centre for Cities, South Africa
13:45
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Energy Revolution Africa
    Case Study: Productive use of power in Nigeria Ifeoma Malo, Country CEO, Clean Tech Hub Innovation Services, Nigeria
  2. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    75 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
                                                  Building resilience in water management   Roundtable 1: Overcoming financial management hurdles: Billing and revenue collection Chair:   Roundtable 2: Und ...
14:00
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    60 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Energy Revolution Africa
    Panel: How do you unlock the benefits of following a productive use of power approach? Balancing people, investment and productivity to create a virtuous cycle; Impact of mini-grid developer as spearh ...
  2. 45 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Case Study: Cape Town Mary Haw, Manager: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Promotion and Facilitation, City of Cape Town, South Africa
14:30
  1. 30 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Roundtable Discussions: Break up into groups to discuss the specific city scenarios and how you would solve the problem and report back to room.
15:30
  1. 75 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Panel: What next: is waterless toilet technology the way of the future? What systems/policies does the utility of now have to adapt and put into place to cope with the waste management needs of the fu ...
  2. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Energy Revolution Africa
    Case Study: Secrets to scaling up a mini-grid project
  3. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Case study: Steps for protecting ecological infrastructure
  4. 20 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Smart Energy
  5. 75 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
    Guidelines developed by the International Labour Organisation recommend a number of considerations for a just energy transition. These include social dialogue, respectful policies, gender focus and co ...
15:45
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Case Study: Progress on water pipe replacement programmes
  2. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    60 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Energy Revolution Africa
    Panel: What business models exist for effective mini-grid rollout and scale up and what dictates which one to follow? Building flexibility into finance options for loan repayment terms and terms of co ...
15:50
  1. 55 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Smart Energy
    Grid resilience in Africa Technological applications Sensors and communications Climate change Distributed energy and storage Developing a fit-for-purpose solution.   Panellists: Kuda Mzembe, Co-found ...
16:00
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    45 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Panel Discussion: Effective management and monitoring of water and sanitation services and infrastructure   Developing projects and data foundation to support integrated water management Exploring dec ...
09:30
  1. 90 mins
    Conference plenary High level speakers from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and Eskom will address today's challenges.  
13:30
  1. 15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Case study: Introducing e-mobility in Rwanda (Siemens working with VW) Marco Rahner, Promotor for Smart Grid and Future Grids, Siemens, South Africa
  2. 90 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Panel: What are the key considerations for advancing Electric Vehicles (EV) and grid demand? Who is responsible for designing and maintaining the grid for EV charging? Setting up standards for EV adop ...
  3. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    10 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Case Study: Overview and findings of the Palmer Development Group Water Re-use Report
  4. 90 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Smart Energy
    Case study: Defending and recovery from a cyberattack Practical applications of security defence and recovery   This practical session will focus on defending from cyberattacks, recovery from data los ...
  5. 90 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
    Challenges, opportunities and best practise for promoting the productive use of energy in Africa. Panel: How are countries balancing energy security with energy trading? Challenges and opportunities R ...
13:40
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    20 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Case study: A review of the public perception of water reclamation in Windhoek, Namibia
14:00
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    60 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Debate: How do you positively change public perceptions on water reuse?   Shifting the public perception around potable water reuse Demystifying public health issues regarding the reuse of greywater   ...
15:30
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    10 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Dubai- The case of desalination offering lucrative opportunities for investors Abdul Qadir Jamaludin, General Manager: Middle East, Africa, Turkey, UAE
  2. 75 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
    A roundup of projects under development and the available capital for project development in Africa. Trends and forecasts of power sector investment The role of each stakeholder in this transition Inv ...
  3. 50 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Smart Energy
    Key considerations in smart grid and metering communication Communication options – hybrid systems Backhaul and security Interoperability   Panellists: Shawn Papi, Senior Advisor at Eskom - Eskom Rese ...
  4. 75 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Panel: How does embedded generation change the physical grid design? At what point do you have to physically reconfigure the municipal grid to accommodate more embedded generation? Gauging future need ...
15:40
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    10 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    South Africa- The impact of modernising sewers and waste water systems: a Danish Embassy report
15:50
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    10 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Zimbabwe- Assessing the response plan activities towards typhoid readiness and fighting cholera
16:00
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    10 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Ethiopia- Highlighting the impact of the state-of-the-art reverse osmosis water system in Serdo
16:10
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    35 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Audience Q&A
09:30
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    10 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Welcome Address: State of water in South Africa’s major cities
  2. 20 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Smart Energy
  3. 75 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
    Panellists: Programme under development
  4. 15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Case study: Biodigester at Johannesburg South school providing energy to cook food for pupils Prof Diane Hildebrandt, Director, Institute for the Development of Energy for African Sustainability, UNIS ...
09:40
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    20 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Keynote Address:  Framing the issues and promoting the opportinities of PPP’s
09:45
  1. 60 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Panel: Replicating small scale waste to energy project for the greater good of your bottom line Best practices for replicating small scale waste to energy projects; Waste and the circular economy; Ide ...
09:50
  1. 55 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Smart Energy
    Battery storage – applications and opportunities Pure energy storage Grid balancing, efficiency and power quality Technologies   Panellists:
10:00
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    45 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Panel Discussion: Municipal perspective- State of municipal water, needs and challenges   Highlighting the necessity of water reuse in line with the Ministry of water and sanitation action plan State ...
11:15
  1. Water - CTICC 1, Room 1.4
    75 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Water
    Panel Discussion: How can DFIs support the unlocking of water investments Exploring desalination investments How is infrastructure presenting bankable private investment?  Cutting the barriers for inv ...
  2. 75 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Smart Energy
    Planning for and financing your grid extension The push for energy access International cooperation and opportunities Funding models   Panellists: Jacob Deng, Director Planning and Projects, South Sud ...
11:30
  1. 60 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Panel: Gas: Game-changer for Africa or a lot of hot air? Infrastructure or product, what comes first? Market prospects and sustaining investor confidence; Innovations and technologies in the gas secto ...
11:45
  1. 45 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
    Panel: Are traditional reforms of the power sector appropriate for today’s transitioning energy sector? Discussions will focus around the following key elements: Stronger project implementation houses ...
14:00
  1. 45 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
14:15
  1. 15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
14:30
  1. 15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
14:45
  1. 15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
15:00
  1. 45 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy
    Working groups –and sharing personal experience to solve the following challenges: -How can Eskom build stronger implementation houses? -Advice for a monopoly to a liberalised market? -Does South Afri ...
  2. 45 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Future Cities
    Working groups –and sharing personal experience to solve the following challenges: -How can Eskom build stronger implementation houses? -Advice for a monopoly to a liberalised market? -Does South Afri ...
15:45
  1. 15 mins
    • Strategic Conference - Finance and Investment Strategy

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  • Access to full Strategic Conference programme
  • African Power, Energy and Water Industry Awards seat
  • Exclusive networking lunches and coffee breaks
  • Access to the expo with 360+ international exhibitors
  • Access to full Knowledge Hub programme
  • Networking and entertainment events
  • Access to matchmaking and connection platform


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  • Access to full Strategic Conference programme
  • Exclusive networking lunches and coffee breaks
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  • Networking and entertainment events
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FACTS AND FIGURES FROM AFRICAN UTILITY WEEK & POWERGEN AFRICA

  • 10000
    ATTENDEES
  • 82
    COUNTRIES
  • 82
    UTILITIES & MUNICIPALITIES
  • 360
    EXHIBITORS

 

 

Host Ministry

  • Ministry of Energy South Africa

Host Utility

  • Eskom

Municipal Leaders Forum Partners

  • SALGA
  • NTIYISO

Host City

  • Host City

Platinum Sponsor

  • Landis + Gyr
  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd

 

Silver Sponsor

  • Akilee
  • Nyamezela Metering (Pty) Ltd
  • Sqwidnet
  • Huawei Technologies Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Ntiyiso Consulting






 

CEO Forum Partners

  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Lucy Electric
  • Nyamazela
  • APUA
  • ALSF
  • Prime Alliance






 

Global Knowledge Partner

  • Enel Foundation

 

Host Publication

  • ESI Africa