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The year that was and the one that could be

With the fourth quarter of 2020 approaching, it’s almost time to sit back and reflect on the past year. Taking centre stage will be the global pandemic and how this has changed our worldview and captured economies.

Originally published in the ESI Africa weekly newsletter on 30/09/2020

While closing off the year, people across the globe will be looking to the US presidential elections and rising concern over civil unrest in a once peaceful nation. Will the pot finally boil over when the election results come through and how will this affect global markets?

In my view, the pandemic and US political unrest are black swans changing our collective response to threats and opportunities.

It’s already happening. Have you noticed how previously isolated issues—climate change, digitalisation, urbanisation, food supply chains, water resources, health services, education, and electrification—are now integral in mainstream conversations?

What we are witnessing is the nexus principle taking effect where solutions to challenges must consider multiple touchpoints or resulting impacts.

As such, the progressive popularity of a ’cause and effect’ approach to the energy transition will have positive outcomes in decades to come. Meanwhile, there are projects and people who are deserving of recognition to the progress we’ve made to date.

I urge you to put their names forward to the African Power & Energy Elites nominations, which close today [30 September]. It is your responsibility as a leading part of the nexus to help celebrate the pioneering leaders and projects of our time.

With under 100 days to the end of 2020, allow me to propose that before reflecting on this year, take time to hear from the experts who can provide keen insight on the path ahead.

To give you easy access to industry professionals, ESI Africa has partnered with an upcoming six-week online event.

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Three brands – African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa, Africa Energy Forum, and the Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly – have united under one nexus-type banner to host the Digital Energy Festival.

Each day has a fantastic line up of sessions covering trending topics in various formats such as digital dialogues, fireside chats, and country profiles.

The festival is your ultimate tool to nurture your roots in the African power and energy market and plan for the year ahead. I look forward to engaging with you there.

Until next week.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
Nicolette is the Editor of ESI Africa print journal, ESI-Africa.com and the annual African Power & Energy Elites. She is passionate about placing African countries on the international stage and is driven by the motto "The only way to predict the future is to create it". Join her in creating a sustainable future through articles and multimedia content.