Powering African Industry

Moving large businesses toward energy efficiency and reliability

 The upcoming Powering African Industry will address the energy concerns of Africa’s large industrial plants, mining houses and manufacturers. The conference will be co-located with the annual Electra Mining and ELENEX expos in Johannesburg this September.

“Whether one’s business is in mining, manufacturing, transport, retail, commercial or industrial, the challenges around rising energy costs and rolling blackouts are topmost on the list of risks”, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, programme director.

Charles Ntsele, Chairman of the Mining and Industrial Energy Optimisation Association in South Africa, says, “The lower than expected year-on-year electricity price increases coupled with the postponement on the introduction of the carbon tax has somewhat weakened the impetus of businesses towards energy efficiency.  Only if and when companies internalise energy efficiency as part of their business processes can they stand ready to capitalise on all opportunities when the inevitable happens.”

The purpose of Powering African Industry is to aid large businesses on the road to becoming more sustainable and achieving energy security. The event will showcase innovations and success stories in energy efficiency, energy management strategies, alternative energy sources and much more.

 Power African Industry speaker and chairmen line-up includes:

  • Andrew Etzinger, Senior General Manager, Eskom
  • Kaiser Nyatsumba, CEO, Steel and Engineering Industry Federation of Southern Africa
  • Seetsele Seetswane, Grid Access Unit: Technical & Engineering Manager, Eskom
  • Gerswynn McKuur, National Project Manager, Technology Innovation Agency
  • Willie Cronje, Professor of Electrical Machines and Drivers, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Wits University
  • Charles Ntsele, Chairperson, Mining and Industrial Energy Optimisation Association
  • Sheldon Bode, Environmental Engineer, Toyota South Africa
  • Barry Bredenkamp, COO, SANEDI

Event Dates and Venue:
Conference Sessions: 18-19 September 2014
Venue: Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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