In Southern Africa, Namibian vending solution provider netVend has signed an agreement with CENORED to bridge the electricity supply gap in the country's central regions.According to local media, the New Era, the collaboration is expected to provide efficient and convenient vending as well as revenue management solutions, enabling electricity users to purchase prepaid tokens via the internet, cellphone or at point of sale devices.
Commenting on the partnership, netVent managing director Hans Hamukoto said the system will be convenient for customers to purchase electricity from wherever they are located, emphasising on users living in rural communities.
Hamukoto said: “Our technology allows any person to sit anywhere where they have internet or cellphone access to purchase a token and have it delivered directly to someone at their home via email or cellphone.”
The New Era highlighted that the solution is web-based, which means all sales are in real time and reporting can be done to the last second. The platform is capable of handling the entire sales and revenue stream from generation of tokens and management of purchases, right through to bank switching.
In addition, this partnership is said to create opportunities for registered individuals or business to secure additional income by boosting community vendors.
[quote]Furthermore, the system is estimated to increase the vending footprint of supply authorities while proving convenience of services to customers.
CENORED is the third licensed regional electricity distribution company to be established in Namibia, following NORED and Erongo RED in 2002 and 2004 respectively.
AfDB date meetings
In other energy news, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its 2016 annual meeting dates for this year. The first meeting is scheduled to take place at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia from 23 - 27 May, reports eTN.
The theme for meetings this year is “Energy and Climate Change". This 2016 Annual Meetings' theme is aligned with two of the Sustainable Development Goals. SDG goal seven targets to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all".
While goal 13 aims to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”.