crisis management
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Did you notice anything different about our logo on the front cover of this edition? It’s the first time in the journal’s long history that we have modified it. It’s our visual representation in support of the industry being tested in unprecedented ways by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This article first appeared in ESI Africa Issue 2-2020.
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The #HeartForTheSector initiative characterises the global Clarion Energy teams’ availability to support the power, energy and water sectors through good times and bad. At the core of this message is our absolute love for what we do and being able to connect you – our readers, clients and partners – with access to a global network of experts; this motivates us each day. It is also what stimulates professionals throughout Africa and abroad who have heart-for-the-sector.

It is with gratitude that we dedicate our front and back covers for this edition to these valued community members. You will find their names listed below after my sign-off. Among the collage of profiled faces, you will notice a few who appear in silhouette; demonstrating the unknown male and female field workers, technicians, engineers and officers who are working to keep the lights on and water flowing. These are the heroes and heroines of our time.

In our cover story on page 8, we unpack the dialogue that took place during a live webinar with four professionals who are currently experiencing lockdown conditions. I was privileged to moderate the discussion and was struck by the overwhelming urgency of this crisis as our audience posed compelling questions to the panel.

ESI Africa Issue 2 2020 Contents Pages

Allow me to share two points that you will find thought-provoking: First, even though the electricity supply industry has emergency plans in place already, no contingency plan could have anticipated the level of this crisis and the scale of the pandemic – yet utility companies have continued to rise to the challenge and deliver. At the time of writing, there has not been one reported case of a city or region in lockdown conditions having its essential electricity, water and waste management services interrupted.

Second is that the sector must anticipate an increase in force majeure claims, which are going to multiply as the crisis deepens. Force majeure has already been raised in South Africa where Eskom is proposing to curtail operational wind farms, citing reduced demand in relation to COVID-19.

These are just two of the Aha! moments that I’m sharing with you. What we do know is that conditions will get even tougher to keep services operational in this period of social distancing. However, utilities and stakeholders must also begin preparing for a post-lockdown phase.

In this issue of ESI Africa, we also delve into a few areas that must continue to stay on the industry’s radar, such as strategic energy planning. Too often, the available tools and resources are too general or are designed for developed countries, rather than the needs of developing ones.

As such, the article on page 26 looks into how five fundamental principles can loosen constraints and even push back on proposals that do not align with local objectives and plans.

Looking over the contents pages, you will notice an underlying theme arising that speaks to the need for decarbonisation and the use of smart technologies and systems to brace Africa’s utility market for the next wave of change. It’s now or never for Africa to lead the procession and paint a dramatic picture of localised, smart energy access for all in a post-pandemic market.

Until the next edition.
Nicolette #HeartForTheSector

Outside Front Cover, ESI Africa Issue 2 2020

Top row, from left to right

  • Logan Moodley, Chief Executive Officer, Conlog, South Africa
  • Dr Eng Joseph K Njoroge, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Kenya
  • Andre de Ruyter, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom, South Africa
  • Abel Didier Tella, Director General, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA),

2nd Row, from left to right

  • Ifeoma Malo, Country Director , Power for All, Nigeria
  • Paul Yillia, Guest Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
  • Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, Editor: ESI Africa, Clarion Energy, South Africa
  • Beck Awan Deng, Chairman & General Manager, South Sudan Electricity Corporation, South Sudan

3rd Row, from left to right

  • Jonathan Amaako-Baah, Chief Executive Officer, GRIDCo, Ghana
  • Olubunmi Abayomi Olukunle, Partner at Balogun Harold, Nigeria
  • Sivuyisiwe Kuse, Researcher: Power Futures Lab/MIRA, UCT GSB, South Africa
  • Mthokoisi Ncube, Water Sector Specialist: Investment Support Unit, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa

4th Row, from left to right

  • Andrew Herscowitz, Chief Development Officer at US International Development Finance Corporation, USA
  • Omar Vajeth, Investment Officer at African Development Bank Group, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Rose Osinde Alabaster, Co-Founder and Director, WEHDI Water Environment & Human Development Initiative, Switzerland
  • Dr Haiyan Song , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aberdare Cables
  • Prof Izael Pereira Da Silva, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation Strathmore University, Kenya
  • Mlungisi Mkhwanazi, Executive Director at Africa Utilities Technology Council, South Africa
  • Sanusi Ohiare, Executive Director, Rural Electrification Funds (REF) and Board Member Rural Electrification Agency, Nigeria
  • Franco Pucci, Technical Consultant for STSA and Director of LAP Systems, South Africa

5th Row, from left to right

  • Evan Schiff, Event Director, Clarion Events – Africa, South Africa
  • Damilola Ogunbiyi, Chief Executive Officer and UN SRSG for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy, Austria
  • Lolu Adubifa, Special Adviser (Energy) to the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Dr Silver Mugisha, Managing Director at National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
  • Haruperi Mumbengegw, Legal Counsel – Power Sector at the African Legal Support Facility (African Development Bank Group), Cote D’Ivoire
  • William Willoughby Liabunya, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Generation Company, Malawi
  • Crescent Mushwana ,Principal Engineer: Energy Systems at the CSIR, South Africa
  • Patrick Mwesige, Managing Director of Kanara Solutions and former Director Financial Services at Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda

6th Row, from left to right

  • Saleh Mamman, Honourable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Power, Nigeria
  • The heroes of the African energy, power and water sectors
  • Ifey Ikeonu, Energy Policy, Markets & Regulation Consultant and former acting Chairperson for ECOWAS, Ghana
  • Dan Klinck, Chief Executive Officer, East African Power, Rwanda
  • Wim Jonker Klunne, Programme Director, Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP), South Africa
  • Matthew Matimbwi, Executive Secretary, Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), Tanzania
  • Sariel Etwire, General Manager, Metering and Technical Services Division, Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana
  • Marco Rahner, Head of Technical Sales at Siemens, South Africa

7th Row, from left to right

  • Joan Chahenza, Renewable Energy Finance Expert – Chief Financial Analyst & Technical Assistant, KenGen, Kenya
  • John Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer,  Lucy Electric, UK
  • Seydou Kane, Managing Director – Africa at Eaton, South Africa
  • Lungile Mashele, Energy Specialist at Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa
  • Robert Mubiru, Senior Engineering Consultant at KERAM Enterprises, Uganda
  • Astria Fataki, Founder & President, Energy Generation, France
  • Mbae Ariel Mutegi, Chief Engineer – Network Audit, Kenya Power & Lighting, Kenya
  • Nelisiwe Magubane, Chairperson at Matleng Energy Solutions, South Africa and Eskom board member

Bottom row, from left to right

  • Adeoye Fadeyibi, MD & Chief Executive Officer, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Nigeria
  • Lawrence Jones, Vice President, International Programmes, Edison Electric Institute, USA
  • Ntombifuthi Ntuli, Chief Executive Officer, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), South Africa
  • Shawn Papi, Senior Advisor, Eskom, South Africa
  • Peter Twesigye, Economist, National Water & Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
  • David Birungi, Manager Stakeholder Relations at Umeme Ltd, Uganda
  • Prof Anton Eberhard, Professor and Energy Consultant, University of Cape Town and Graduate School of Business, South Africa
  • The heroines of the African energy, power and water sectors

Outside Back Cover, ESI Africa Issue 2 2020

Top row, from left to right

  • David Onyango, Managing Director, Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company, Kenya
  • Sy Gourrah, President of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), and General Manager, ACTOM, South Africa
  • Thava Govender, Chief Executive Officer, Ntuthuko Engineering, South Africa
  • Mike Mulcahy, Chief Executive Officer, GreenCape Sector Development Agency, South Africa
  • Aly Sicola Impija, Chief Executive Officer, Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM), Mozambique
  • Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, Chief Executive, Volta River Authority, Ghana
  • Gloria Sibusisiwe Magombo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy & Power Development, Zimbabwe
  • Davin Chown, past-Chairperson of SAPVIA, and Managing Director, Genesis Eco-Energy Developments, South Africa

2nd Row, from left to right

  • Rethabile Melamu, General Manager: Green Economy, The Innovation Hub, South Africa
  • Vika Di Panzu, General Manager of Katanga Energy, DRC
  • Anton Cartwright, Economist, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Chiedu Ugbo, Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited, Nigeria
  • Margaret Mkhosi, Director: Centre for Nuclear Safety & Security, National Nuclear Regulator, South Africa
  • Dave Nicholls, Chairperson, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa, RSA
  • Eric Wanjala, Chief Engineer: Telecoms Commercial Business, Kenya Power, Kenya
  • Jarrad Wright, Principal Engineer, CSIR, South Africa

3rd Row, from left to right

  • Usman Gur Mohammed, Interim Chief Executive Officer and MD, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Carter Brown, Energy Centre Head, CSIR, South Africa
  • Charity Wanjiku, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Strauss Energy Ltd., Kenya
  • Penny Herbst, Non-Executive Director, Greenco Africa, South Africa
  • Ahmed Zakari, Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, Nigeria
  • Natalie Bacon, Programme Director: African Utility Week, Clarion Events, South Africa
  • Anton Louis Olivier, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Renewable Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd, RSA
  • Jesse Burton, Researcher, Energy Systems, Economics and Policy Group, UCT, RSA

4th Row, from left to right

  • Justin Schmidt, Head: New Sector Development, Absa Group, RSA
  • Rose Kaggwa, Director, Business and Scientific Services, National Water & Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
  • Ravindra Joshi, former CDO KEDCo, Kano, Nigeria, and Team Lead, India and International at Tata Power DDL, India
  • The heroines of the African energy, power and water sectors
  • Shamshir Mukoon, Manager, Corporate Planning & Research, Central Electricity Board, Mauritius
  • Naniki Nzuza, Senior Operations Engineer, Renewable Grid Integration, Eskom, RSA
  • Zelda Weitz, Chief Executive Officer, Symbion Power, USA
  • Kahenge Simson Haulofu, Divisional Manager: NamPower, Namibia

5th Row, from left to right

  • Terje Osmundsen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Empower New Energy, Norway
  • Tobias Hobbach, Managing Director, SustainPower, RSA
  • Jodie Sherwin Hill, Director, Jomat Investments, South Africa
  • Maanda Ramutumbu, Professional Engineer, Consulting Executive and Senior Manager, Accenture, South Africa
  • Dhesigen Naidoo, Chief Executive Officer, Water Research Commission (WRC), South Africa
  • Dr Rebekah Shirley, Director of Research, Power For All, Kenya
  • Justin Friedman, Founder, For Love Of Water (FLOW). South Africa
  • Knox Msebenzi, Managing Director, Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa, RSA

6th Row, from left to right

  • Aaron Leopold, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), Kenya
  • The heroes of the African energy, power and water sectors
  • Refilwe Mokgosi, Executive Director for Public Works at Emfuleni Local Municipality, and President of the AMEU, South Africa
  • Hiten Parmar, Director, uYilo eMobility Programme, South Africa
  • Folake Soetan COO, Ikeja Distribution Company, Nigeria
  • Tarryn Bester, Advertising and Brand Specialist, Clarion Events – Africa, RSA
  • Liezl Harmse, Senior Engineer – African Development Bank, South Africa
  • Olusola Lawson, Investment Director and Head of West Africa ,AIIM, Nigeria

7th Row, from left to right

  • Doyin Fadipe, Chief Executive Officer, Central Electric & Utilities, Nigeria
  • Thozama Gangi, MD and Chief Executive Officer, Eskom Uganda Limited, Uganda
  • Ralph Nyakabwa-Atwoki, Technical Director, Sustnersol, Uganda
  • Babalwa Bungane, Content Editor, Clarion Events – Africa ,South Africa
  • Matsotso Vuso, Managing Director, Nyamezela Metering, South Africa
  • Chetan Goshalia, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, SqwidNet, South Africa
  • Esther Kabeya, Brand and Advertising Specialist ,Clarion Events- Africa, South Africa
  • Stephen Dihwa, Coordination Centre Executive Director, Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), Zimbabwe

Bottom row, from left to right

  • Anne Kiburi, Senior Economist & PPP Officer at KenGen, Kenya
  • Kadri Nasiep, Executive Director: Energy, City of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ziria Tibalwa Waako, Chief Executive Officer, Electricity Regulatory Authority, Uganda
  • Jitender Sachdeva, Group President, Skipper Limited, Nigeria
  • Olumide Fatoki, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Energy Access (Off-Grid), GIZ, Nigeria
  • Mercy Chelangat, Chairperson for the IEEE Smart Village East Africa, Kenya
  • Bobbi Harris, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Smart Water Smart City, USA
  • Rebecca Miano, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, KenGen, Kenya