In the spirit of sentimentality, join us in properly acknowledging the changing face of the African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa (AUW & PGAF) conference and exhibition.
The article appeared in ESI Africa Issue 1-2021.
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Affectionately known as AUW & PGAF to many, the event underwent a rebrand to Enlit Africa in 2020, after 20 triumphant years of gathering energy, power and water professionals on the continent. Hosted mainly at the CTICC in Cape Town, the Mother City became a popular destination for partners, speakers and visitors. We pay homage to AUW & PGAF and welcome Enlit Africa, which will continue to be a trusted institution in the annual energy event calendar.
Zelda Weitz, COO of Symbion Power, shares: “AUW and now Enlit Africa is THE gathering place for African utilities and stakeholders in the power sector. Many clients and acquaintances have become friends over the years. It was and is the ultimate networking opportunity with the leadership in government, international stakeholders, private sector attendees and anyone could attend and take something home. [Enlit Africa] keep following the light!”
Phil Dingle, Marketing Director at Lucy Electric, a regular exhibitor and sponsor, comments: “In these times of COVID when we cannot meet our own family and friends, it reminds me how important AUW is as a multi-country meeting point enabling a greater understanding of the challenges we all face.”
Paul Yillia, Research Scholar, Water (WAT) Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and regular AUW water programme chairperson, says: “When we started the advocacy work on the water-energy nexus, we encouraged sector professionals in the two domains to engage and talk to one another under one roof. AUW provided that space and platform since the early years on nexus advocacy and continued to do so many years afterwards. Enlit Africa will continue as a truly nexus event.”
Adele Eloff, Business Development Manager: New Events Development and Exhibitions, CTICC, comments: “African Utility Week has always been one of THE flagship B2B expos and conferences that the CTICC has had the pleasure of hosting in the Mother City over the years. As the event grew, it eventually took over our facilities in both buildings, and with extensive media interest for the three days, there was always a special vibe and energy during the show. We look forward to welcoming back the rebranded live Enlit Africa and supporting its greater vision of guiding the continent’s energy transition.”
Chanelle Hingston, Group Director of Enlit Africa, shares: “As a reflection of the evolving landscape of Africa’s energy sector, we have taken the bold decision to develop our product offering while rebranding under a new name. This rebrand merges and combines the strengths of the two brands [AUW & PGAF], to unite the different audiences and deliver brand consistency across our global energy portfolio of events and media. Enlit Africa, our unified brand, delivers multiple channels to the energy markets of Africa, connecting the stakeholders in the industry, providing insight and intelligence to you. We are your guide to Africa’s energy transition.” ESI
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