HomeResourcesConference PapersGeneration Africa: Conference Program 2008

Generation Africa: Conference Program 2008

African Utility Week

Generation Africa

20 May – 23 May 2008

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday 20 May 2008 

Session 0.1.1

Pre-conference workshop: Maintenance and refurbishment
Workshop leaders:
Deon Stans, Group Leader: Maintenance Engineering, Steinmuller, South Africa
Gerhard Holtshauzen, Group Leader: Field Services Engineering, Steinmuller, South Africa
Hannes Viljoen, Team Leader: Maintenance Engineering, Steinmuller, South Africa

09h00 – 12h00

By attending this workshop, you will take away knowledge and experience of how to approach and handle major plant refurbishments and the subsequent long-term maintenance thereof. You will gain insight into the challenges faced by projects. This is becoming a major challenge in the utility business, as demonstrated by the return to services of the mothballed plant and the ageing fleet of power stations beyond design life.

Session 0.1.2

Pre-conference workshop: African nuclear power in a decade
Workshop leaders:
Kelvin Kemm, Managing Director, Stratek, South Africa
Andrew Kenny, Independent Energy Consultant & Nuclear Expert, South Africa

14h00 – 17h00

This workshop will give an introduction to nuclear power and will debate whether small nuclear power plants are a viable option for African countries.  What does an ‘introduction of a nuclear system’ mean in terms of technology, the law and international regulation?  Where can reactor systems be placed and what about waste management?  These are just some of the major issues that will be discussed including staffing options for operations and maintenance. 

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 21 May 2008 

Session 1.0.1

Opening / Keynote session
Africa’s power master plan

Chairman: Smunda Mokoena, Chief Executive Officer, NERSA, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Welcome address
Minister Buyelwa Sonjica,  Ministry of Minerals and Energy, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Keynote address: A new era for Eskom
Andrew Etzinger, General Manager: Strategy, Eskom, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Financing power in Africa   
Anand Naidoo, Head: Power & Energy, Investment Banking Division, ABSA Capital, South Africa

10h30 – 11h00

Industry accolades: ESI Africa Awards Programme
ESI Africa and Metering International magazine is pleased to honour individuals who have demonstrated a consistent and exemplary level of excellence to Africa’s utility power industry. For each of the following awards the recipients will be judged on the long-term benefits, innovation and  leadership they have brought to their sectors:

  • Utility Chief Executive Officer of the Year award
  • Power Station Manager of the Year award (4th year)
  • Metering Excellence awards (7th year)

The accolades session will give you the opportunity to hear first-hand how award recipients has brought innovation and developments to the forefront at their organisations. 

Session 1.1.1

Challenges for the African generation industry
Chairman: Malcolm Fawkes, Senior Manager: Business Service, Generation Division, Eskom, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Power generation planning
Braam Conradie, General Manager: Project Development, Eskom Enterprises, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

The power crisis in Africa: Perspectives and figures
Jeannot Boussougouth, Energy Analyst, Frost & Sullivan, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

IPPs: A solution to alleviate energy supply issues? Coega, a case study
Peter Earl, Chief Executive Officer, IPSA Group PLC, UK

Session 1.1.2

Generation projects and practice
Chairman: Dion Govender, Group Managing Director, Siemens Power Southern Africa, South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

Concluding long-term commercial contracts for new generation facilities: a regional utility’s perspective
Margaret van der Merwe, Kudu Project Manager, Nampower, Namibia

16h00 – 16h30

Overview of the refurbishment projects in South Africa
Kobus Steyn, General Manager: Projects, Eskom Enterprises, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

An update on new generation projects in Ghana
Joseph Forson, Regional Engineer, Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 22 May 2008 

Session 2.1.1

New approaches for future generation
Chairman: John Davidson,  Head: Generation, City of Cape Town, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Going green
Len van Wyk, Chief Executive Officer, Amatola Green Power, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Solar renewable energy and international trends: The benefits for South Africa
Stuart Fredman, Manager Director, Cullinan Energy Solutions, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Using solar water-heating to assist with national demand side management control
Theresa Maree, Consultant, Eon Consulting, South Africa

Session 2.1.2

New generation technologies
Chairman: Kelvin Kemm, Managing Director, Stratek, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Eskom’s nuclear plans: Horizon 2020
Tony Stott, Senior Manager: Nuclear Stakeholder Management, Eskom, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Biofuels: Get the balance right
Jhill Johns, Research Analyst, Frost & Sullivan, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

Questions and answers:  New generation technologies

Session 2.0.1

Closing session
Where to from here? 

14h00 – 15h30

Moderator: Debora Patta, Editor-in-Chief, e.tv News, South Africa


  • Moses Duma, Energy Analyst, Frost and Sullivan, South Africa
  • Alison Chikova, Chief Engineer, The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), Zimbabwe
  • Charles Kadalie, Manager: Public Lighting, City of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Roland Hill, Technical Director, Appropriate Systems, South Africa
  • John Davidson,  Head: Generation, City of Cape Town, South Africa

Open session: Smart energy for the future

Panellists will report back on highlights and issues discussed during each track.  Discussion topics will also be tested through an Audio Response System and the moderator will then open the floor for discussion. Delegates will have the opportunity to participate and share their views on Smart energy solutions for the future.