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What caught the Ed’s eye in Issue 4-2020 of ESI Africa?

Anyone who has behind-the-scenes insight into the print publishing universe will understand how elated I’m feeling to announce that ESI Africa Issue 4-2020 launched yesterday, 13 October!

Originally published in the ESI Africa weekly newsletter on 14/10/2020

With every edition, and there have been many, the cover of the magazine always characterises the high-value of the content.

The editorial team has done an amazing job in delivering this final issue for 2020, where collaboration has set the tone.

Articles penned by industry experts address topics ranging from a country profile on Gabon, to a 2040 forecast on the ideal generation mix for the sub-Saharan Africa region.

In our cover story, Conlog addresses the shift to digital and the use of technology to alleviate the challenges in revenue collection for Africa’s utilities and municipalities.

It’s a shared challenge, where no utility – whether public or private – can say that revenue collection is not top of mind for their business. However, innovative solutions are available—it’s just a matter of making a choice on what will work best for your utility’s profile.

Being at the frontline of revenue management, Viven Perumal, Conlog’s marketing director, states: “The timing is perfect for utilities to embrace the shift to digital, to do more with less, to improve efficiencies and their financial situation at the same time.”

Paging further into the magazine, our collaborating experts address topics that I’ve not seen making news headlines. These include understanding why renewable energy executive boards need a technical person, and analysing what it takes to reach financial close on your projects.

There are also technical articles to engage the engineers among us. These address how to enable network resilience and how data analytics is key to grid modernisation, among others.

We also deliver a special feature that unpacks the agenda of the upcoming six-week Digital Energy Festival. Hosted by three remarkably steadfast brands – (in no particular order) African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa, Africa Energy Forum, and the Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly – united under one banner.

With ESI Africa as the official host publication to the Digital Energy Festival, we will be reporting on the action online and in the first edition of 2021.

Until next week.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
As the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention.