The City of Cape Town will host the upcoming African Utility Week conference which takes place at the ICC from 15 – 17 March 2011.  The conference, which focuses on the role of electricity and water in the utility industry, will also have direct benefits for the City’s residents, as experts from across the globe gather in Cape Town to share experiences and highlight standards for improved service delivery, energy efficiency and water management among other things.

Says conference director, Claire Volkwyn “the utility industry is so vital to every aspect of our lives – without power or water we cease to operate as an effective society, health care suffers, our economy suffers – everything stops.  African Utility Week brings together some of the leading experts in the power and water sectors to discuss innovations that will directly improve the lives of the people living in Cape Town.  In addition, this is a chance for the City to highlight and showcase innovations which are already impacting the lives of its citizens.”  

Practical application highlighted
Delegates at the conference will be able to experience first-hand developments within the Western Cape that are improving the lives of people living in the ‘Mother City’.   These include:

  • The Mandalay Pressure Management project, an initiative of the City of Cape Town which aims to reduce leakage within the water system, thereby managing our precious water resources and saving money by reducing water losses.  
  • CPV solar demonstration plant:  South Africa’s first concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar demonstration plant of 60 kW is supplying the daytime power requirements for the Aquila safari lodge, near Touws River.  Besides powering the game reserve, the plant will become a training ground to develop solar skills in the area.  The 60-kW array consists of ten trackers and took about two weeks to install and commission.  
  • Klipheuwel Wind Energy Facility:  The Klipheuwel Wind Energy Facility has a total capaity of 3.16MW.  The electricity generated by the wind facility is fed directly into the regional distribution network.  The site forms part of a farm in a rural, agricultural area.

Speaker highlights include:
Challenges with electricity supply: The role of the City of Cape Town
Alderman Clive Justus, Executive Mayoral Committee Member: Utility Services, City of Cape Town, South Africa
Security of supply – an overview
Philemon Mashoko, Director of Water, City of Cape Town  
High-level representation @ African Utility Week
African Utility Week brings together power industry professionals from across the world, African Energy ministers or their representatives from countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia, Rwanda and DRC as well as the ‘who’s who’ of municipal, utility and government stakeholders who are shaping the future of the industry.

Event dates:  
Conference:  15-16 March
Site visits:  17 March   
Pre-conference workshops:  14 March   
Event location:  CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa
Event website:  www.african-utility-week.com

For media accreditation, assistance and interviews contact:
Communications manager:  Annemarie Roodbol
Tel:  +27 (0) 21 700 3558
Mobile:  +27 (0) 82 562 7844
Fax:  +27 (0) 21 700 3551
Email:  annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com