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Executive education: Understanding power sector financing

Finance, Contracts and Risk Mitigation for Private Power Investment in Africa (Power Sector Financing) is a specialised short course presented at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB).

Applications close on the 9th of February 2020.

The course teaches the theory and practice of power sector financing.

This one-week course is offered by Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform and Regulation in Africa (MIRA), a centre of excellence at the UCT GSB aimed at building capacity in infrastructure investment, reform and regulation – in support of sustainable development.

Course dates: 9 – 13 March 2020

It is anchored by Daniel Gross, who teaches project finance at Yale and supported by a range of practitioner-experts from South Africa and the rest of the continent.

Prof Anton Eberhard’s Power Futures Lab at the UCT GSB is again presenting the annual “Finance, Contracts and Risk Mitigation for Private Power Investment in Africa” executive education short course during the week of 9 – 13 March 2020.

Content covered includes:

  • Understanding project finance fundamentals, incl. debt and equity structuring and pricing.
  • Understanding the roles, responsibilities and interests of all project finance parties.
  • Understanding the suite legal agreements (PPA, IA, DA etc.).
  • Basic financial modelling (debt sizing, sensitivity analysis, stress testing).
  • Effective risk mitigation strategies.

The course is anchored by Daniel Gross who teaches renewable energy project finance to oversubscribed classes at Yale and Columbia universities, and for which he has received numerous teaching awards.

Daniel is supported by a strong cohort of African and international practitioner-experts from the legal, technical and financial fields.

Practitioner-experts include:

  • Shingira Masanzu – Counsel: structured finance and guarantees, World Bank
  • Jay Govender – Head of Projects and Infrastructure Practice, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
  • Bernard Magoro – General Manager of System Operator, Eskom Transmission Division
  • Ulisha Singh – Principal, Metier Sustainable Capital
  • Grant Muller – Head: Generation Projects, NamPower

The programme consistently attracts full classes with participants from more than 20 countries.

For more details on the course, including online registration, please visit the course website or contact the course director.

Applications close on the 9th of February 2020.

Feedback from 2018/19 alumni:

  • “The organisers successfully pulled together the best expertise on each topic.”
  • “Well-structured, from basics to advanced finance.”
  • “Appreciated the hands-on approach, coupling theory with relevant practical examples from the African context.”

Register here for the course!

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.