The 18th annual African Utility Week gathers over 7,000 decision makers from
more than 80 countries to discuss the challenges, solutions and successes in the
power, energy and water sectors on the continent.

Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event also boasts a seven track conference with over 300 expert speakers. The conference programme will address the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors: ranging from generation, T&D and metering to technology and water. The African Utility Week expo offers an extensive technical workshop programme that includes CPD
accredited, free to attend, hands-on presentations that take place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor. They 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.

Eye on water

Investment in water solutions is needed by the public and private sector to enable universal access, water security and resilient societies. African Utility Week will have a strong focus on water again this year from 15 to 17 May in Cape Town when the strategic water conference will showcase how partnerships, financial models and latest technological advances can make the greatest impact in meeting Africa’s water demand.
The organisers of African Utility Week have assured all stakeholders in this long running conference and exhibition that the event will go ahead as planned despite the City’s
current water restrictions.

“As a major event in the City, African Utility Week plays a crucial role in contributing towards the inward bound travel market,” says event director Evan Schiff. “By holding the
event as planned, African Utility Week will continue to support the Cape Town economy as we cannot allow there to be massive job losses on top of a water constrained situation.”
He adds: “At present, no events have been cancelled by the City, Provincial or National Government. Working together, we have ensured that each responsible party is doing what it can to ensure water savings and keeping events water-neutral. To this end, African Utility Week has engaged the City, venue, suppliers and all surrounding hotels to ensure that every opportunity has been taken to reduce water use and guarantee that attendees will have access to water.”

Best of the best!

African Utility Week has won its second and third AAXO ROAR Awards (Association of African Exhibition Organisers) when it was named Best Trade Exhibition in 2017 in the 12,000+ sqm category, as well as the Best Overall Exhibition for 2017. Says Chanelle Hingston, Power & Energy Portfolio Director at Spintelligent: “It is now more apparent than
ever that South Africa and indeed the entire continent’s economic future depends on the strength and sustainability of its energy and water sector. African Utility Week is proud to have been part of creating a relevant and groundbreaking industry platform for the last 18 years, creating a forum for the industry, by the industry.”

Why attend?

• Benchmark your own systems alongside the latest developments and technologies from 1,500 products and solutions
• Gain first hand insights from your industry peers during countless networking opportunities over three days
• Broaden your personal network by connecting with over 7,500 industry influencers gathered under one roof
• Discover the latest industry trends from a hand-picked selection of expert speakers from across the globe
• Improve everyday operations through hands-on CPD accredited technical workshops

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
Social media: #AUW2018
How do I register? At the registration desk at CTICC

This article first appeared in ESI Africa Edition 2, 2018. Read the full digital magazine here or subscribe here to receive a print copy.