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It is no secret that the current South African power sector is a dynamic and challenging space to be in with the changing regulatory framework, particularly from the perspective of local government. Enter the Municipal Leaders Forum: a peer-to-peer learning platform that will launch in November.

This article first appeared in ESI Africa Issue 2-2020.
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This gathering – hosted at the African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa at the CTICC in Cape Town on 24-26 November 2020 – will give municipal leaders an exclusive, by-invitation-only opportunity to have their questions answered on how best to manage their electricity departments going forward.

“New technologies, regulations and business models now mean municipalities are facing unprecedented disruption in their electricity revenue models,” says Evan Schiff, event director of African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa. “The Municipal Leaders Forum has been specifically developed to allow the leaders responsible in this crucial local government space to expand their skill set, equip them to be proactive rather than reactive and take advantage of the incredible opportunities created by this disruption.”

 Hosted over two days, the new Forum aims to support municipal leaders with expertise from thought leaders as well as the opportunity to have confidential in-depth discussions on pertinent topics, including:

• Exchange of best practice from other municipalities in South Africa as well as the African continent and internationally.

• Leadership and industry expertise so they can face the upcoming changes with confidence and with the right partners by their side.

• Tangible and practical solutions that municipal managers can feed back to their teams.

Discussions on revenue collection, changes in the regulatory environment, power purchase agreements and insight on leading for innovation will be explored and addressed over the two days.

Furthermore, the Future Cities sessions of the strategic conference at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa will include two sessions of particular interest to the Municipal Leaders Forum attendees, focusing on:

i. Climate Change: Designing Resilient African Cities; and

ii. Changing the grid to integrate wheeling and embedded generation.

Re-imagining a new local government landscape

The Municipal Leaders Forum also provides the unique opportunity for specialised organisations to become expert partners or facilitators on the forum.

Ntiyiso Consulting has already been confirmed as this year’s lead partner, a well-known and proven name in the municipal sector. “At the centre of our vision is to empower the institutions that enable Africa’s growth,” states Miyelani Holeni, Group Chief Advisor at Ntiyiso Consulting. He adds: “By collectively working towards improving the cash positions of large and medium sized municipalities and turning around and improving the revenue and profitability of our clients; we are enabling their ability to perform their social mandates and unlock economic opportunities on behalf for those communities and regions.”

“Our promise to clients is if there is money, we will find it for you… truth,” says Holeni, “and our message at the Municipal Leaders Forum in Cape Town in November will be that, by reimagining local government, municipal leaders have the capability to change the current trajectory of the local government landscape. This will require a pointed and deliberate move towards creative problem solving, efficient governance and institutional growth through multiple sustainable revenue sources. This is possible, and we are your partner in re-imagining a new local government
landscape.”

He continues: “Ntiyiso Consulting envisions a municipality with three traits:
a) An institution that attracts and retains the best talent to ensure organisational growth and sustainability. “The right people in the right positions”.
b) For municipalities to be at the epicentre of economic development through city and town-led economic development initiatives.

c. For municipalities to consistently deliver services to all citizens, in particular the most vulnerable and excluded within their jurisdictions.” More than 20 leaders of metros and cities are expected to attend the inaugural Municipal Leaders Forum. [Ed: read more on Ntiyiso Consulting on page 73 of the digital magazine.]

The annual CEO Forum

This new local government forum is modelled after the successful, long-running Utility CEO Forum, also organised by African Utility Week since 2012, and which had a record attendance of last year of 31 utility CEOs from 17 countries. The eighth edition of the Pan-African CEO Forum will take place again in November in Cape Town where the programmes for the power utility CEOs run in parallel and attendees come together for social and networking events.

Since inception, these high-level Utility CEO Forums are exclusive, by invitation only, gatherings of African utility and IPP CEOs within the power sector. The forums provide a unique, dynamic and safe space to discuss challenges, to network and to share best practices exclusively with peers in an environment both relaxed and challenging at the same time. This executive learning platform indeed challenges leaders to lead by example and to look at problems innovatively with a collective approach.

The Forum team engages with CEOs throughout the year to support them in their daily responsibilities with leadership and industry expertise through post-forum reports, monthly newsletters and tailored content developed with and for the members.

The CEO Forums have also expanded into a pan-African series across the continent with West-African, East-African and Central-African editions and since 2012, 64 utilities have attended these gatherings. ESI

Attendance

Both the Municipal Leaders Forum and Utility CEO Forum are by invitation only; however, you are welcome to register your interest to participate by contacting Nomvuyo Tena on +27 (0) 21 001 8749 or at nomvuyo.tena@clarionevents.com

Partnerships

Express your interest to partner with a Municipal Leaders Forum or Utility CEO Forum session by contacting Stephen Campbell on +27 (0) 21 700 3534 or at stephen.campbell2@clarionevents.com | www.african-utility-week.com/municipal-leadersforum | www.african-energy-elites.com |event-listing/aboutthe-utility-ceo-forum