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Metering, Billing/CRM Africa: Conference Program 2008

African Utility Week

Metering, Billing/CRM Africa

20 May – 23 May 2008 

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday 20 May 2008 

Session 0.2.2

Pre-conference workshop: Smart Metering MBA
Workshop leader: Philip Bane, Managing Editor, Smart Grid News, USA

14h00 – 17h00

Smart Metering MBA: An introduction on what Smart Metering is and what components are involved.  This workshop will give insight on why utilities are implementing Smart Metering and explain the benefits thereof.  An overview of vendor offerings and scenarios will be given and case studies on the deployment of Smart Metering projects will be showcased.

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 1.3.1

Billing and revenue collection
Chairman: Roland Hill, Technical Director, Appropriate Systems, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Why is prepayment still ideal in Africa?
Brian Mokgele, National Prepayment Manager, Eskom, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Synergies between Demand Side Management and tariff design: Residential time-of-use tariff (Homeflex) project
Vashna Singh, Project Manager: Pricing Product Development,  Eskom, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

Electricity prepaid vending and revenue recovery for the utilities in South Africa
Danny K Mabuse, Marketing & Sales Director, Eason Electricity, South Africa

Session 1.3.2

Metering today in Africa
Chairman: Franco Pucci, Technical Director, Conlog, South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

Energy-saving strategies at PGWC: Some concepts
Erik Kiderlen, Mechanical Project Engineer, Provincial Government Western Cape: Department of Transport and Public Works and Joos Roelofse, Head: Sub Directorate Operational Policy and Transversal Co-ordination, Provincial Government Western Cape: Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, South Africa

16h00 – 16h30

City Power smart metering project
Victor Phasha, Revenue Protection Manager, City Power, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

Metering from a customer perspective
Izak van Gass, Senior Consultant: Research & Innovation, Eskom, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 22 May 2008 

Session 2.3.1

Developing a Smart industry
Chairman: Charles Kadalie, Manager: Public Lighting, City of Cape Town, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Smart metering: A solution to alleviate the country’s growing energy crisis?
Edison Makwarela, Senior Consultant: Prepayment, Eskom, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Better utility management through AMR/AMI
Danny Padron , Strategic Accounts Manager, Datamatic, USA

10h00 – 10h30

Impact of Smart metering on prepaid metering and vending: A utility and customer perspective
Hoosain Essop, Programme Manager: Customer Services, City of Cape Town, South Africa

Session 2.3.2

Energy and metering trends
Chairman: Mike Sutcliffe, City Manager: eThekwini Municipality, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Advanced metering intelligence
William Erasmus, Managing Director, PM&D, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

MDM: Business intelligence for utilities
Chris Ing-Simmons, Senior Director: MDM Solutions, Oracle, UK

12h00 – 12h30

Enabling Smart grids for the future
Frits Bruggink, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Echelon, USA

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.