Addressing the current landscape of energy and water projects across the subcontinent, African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa have set the stage for the 19th edition of this leading conference and exhibition, which is ready to welcome more than 10,000 industry professionals to Cape Town, South Africa.

This article first appeared in ESI Africa Edition 2, 2019. You can read the magazine’s articles here or subscribe here to receive a print copy.

The South African Minister of Energy, Honourable Jeff Radebe, will form part of the stellar line-up at the opening ministerial address on 14 May at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa. The minister also opened this flagship industry gathering last year.

An important theme of the opening session is ‘The impact of climate change on Africa’ and other confirmed keynote speakers and their presentation topics include:

• Advancing global efforts to address and manage the impacts and risks of climate change – Anton Eberhard, Professor: Management Programme in Infrastructure, Reform and Regulation, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is also chairing a team, appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, to advise on turning Eskom around and restructuring the power sector.

• The ripple effect of climate change towards the African City – Saliem Fakir, Head of Policy and Futures Unit, World Wide Fund, South Africa.

• Accelerating the shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy – Mark Swilling, Programme Coordinator, Sustainable Development Programme in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, and the Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, South Africa.

Conference sessions address the full value chain

The 2019 conference programme follows the industry trend of connecting the full value chain; attendees will find the content is not siloed by industry and reflects the many disciplines required for a modern, smart power industry. The conference sessions focus on core themes:

• The Future Cities conference will look at Africa’s current urban living challenges and ask what is needed for the cities of tomorrow and who will be leading the way.

• Learn about the finance and investment trends and forecasts for Africa’s power infrastructure in the Power Strategy Development conference, tailored to utilities and companies with an interest in finance and investment as well as generation options.

• The Smart Energy conference will combine metering based topics with the latest smart grid solutions to equip the sector’s leaders and innovators.

Energy Revolution Africa provides a dynamic meeting place for solution providers, consultants, renewable energy producers and the African and global energy minds to develop alternative solutions towards the acceleration of Africa’s sustainable electrification.

• The Water conference will bring together experts from public and private sectors to support municipalities as they become more responsive and efficient in their practices.

Sharing expert knowledge to advance Africa

ESI Africa, the longstanding host publication of the event, will host a media desk at the event where dozens of experts will be interviewed to share their knowledge. Says ESI Africa’s editor Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl: “This annual event ismarked in my diary as a ‘must-attend’ to meet with industry stalwarts and the up-and-coming young leaders.

“I’m keenly looking forward to three intense days of on-point conversations around what’s happening in the industry, what to expect in the coming year, and the solutions driving development. Also, as a moderator for one of the conference sessions, I’m excited by the prospect of debating risks and opportunities in a way that could very well deliver a prime solution to the attending delegates who have travelled from far and wide.” ESI

This article first appeared in ESI Africa Edition 2, 2019. You can read the magazine’s articles here or subscribe here to receive a print copy.

Mark these dates in your calendar

Conference and expo: 14-16 May 2019

Site visits: 17 May 2019

Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa | | #AUW2019 #PGAF19