Featured image: South African Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe. Source: eNCA

The South African Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, Eskom’s Interim Group CEO Phakamani Hadebe alongside the Indian Minister of Commerce, Shri C R Chaudhary, all form part of a stellar line-up, which will kick off the 18th edition of African Utility Week in Cape Town on Tuesday next week.

“The theme of the opening session is ‘Building a skilled and dynamic workforce’, says the event director Evan Schiff.

Schiff explains: “Africa is facing a critical shortage of hands-on tech and engineering skills, with a particular need for technicians to build and maintain power and water projects all over the subcontinent.

“The continent has also been haemorrhaging and exporting African talent to the rest of the world. This keynote session looks at the future of work and how organisations are reacting to the changes and shortages; after all, your organisation is only as good as your best employees.”

Addressing industry-related issues

The African Utility Week expo offers an extensive technical workshop programme that is CPD accredited, free to attend, and offers hands-on presentations that take place in designated areas on the exhibition floor.

Each session will discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations.

Delegates will also go on technical site visits, which inculde the solar farm on Robben Island and a well-known Cape Town bottling plant that has taken successful steps to cope with the current water challenges of the city.

Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event also boasts a six track conference with over 300 expert speakers, focusing on industry disciplines such as: generation, water, renewables, nuclear, transmission and distribution as well as project finance and investment.

The opening session on Tuesday 15 May line-up:

09:30– 09:35 Organiser’s Welcome Address
David Ashdown, Managing Director, Spintelligent, South Africa

09:35-09:40  European Union Welcome Address
Amb Dr Marcus Cornaro, EU Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa
“Given that SMEs contribute disproportionately to boosting job creation, GDP, and exports, African Utility Week should address such constraints by bringing all stakeholders together. The EU is certainly one of them.”
Amb Dr Marcus Cornaro: Read more here

09:40-09:45  Indian Chamber of Commerce Welcome Address and Introduction to the Honourable Minister
Rajeev Singh, Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce, India
“Indian energy companies are ready to do business at African Utility Week.”
– Rajeev Singh: Read more here

09:45-09:55  Ministry for Commerce and Industry, India, Welcome Address
Honourable Minister Shri C R Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, India

09:55-10:05  Host Utility Welcome Address
Phakamani Hadebe, Interim Group Chief Executive Officer, Eskom, South Africa

10:05-10:20 Host Ministry Address
Honourable Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy, Department of Energy, South Africa

10:20-10:50  Future of work and the disruptive forces that are shaping it
Graeme Codrington, Author, Futurist and Strategy Consultant, TomorrowToday, South Africa
“The rules for success and failure are being rewritten, and there’s no ‘business as usual’ anymore. This is true in every industry and every market. In this environment, the task of the leader must change.” – Graeme Codrington: Read more here

10:50– 11:30 Capacity building for Africa: Thought leader interviews
Moderator: Richard Poplak, Senior Reporter, Daily Maverick, South Africa

Graeme Codrington, Author, Futurist and Strategy Consultant, TomorrowToday, South Africa

Lawrence Jones, Vice President – International Programs, Edison Electric Institute and Project Director, Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, USA

Nelisewe Magubane, Chairperson, Matleng Energy Solutions, South Africa

Philip Dingle, Marketing Director, Lucy Electric, UK  – Read more here

Dates for African Utility Week:
Conference and expo: 15-17 May 2018
Awards gala dinner:  16 May 2018
Site visits: 18 May 2018
Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

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