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Power Indaba: Conference Program 2008

Power Indaba Conference

20 May – 22 May 2008

 Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday  20 May 2008

 Session: 0.1.1

WORKSHOP 1: Maximising financial advantage and mitigating risk in African infrastructure projects
Workshop leader: Charles Marais, Director, Routledge Modise in association with Eversheds, South Africa/UK

Moderator:  Jon Marks, Director, Cross Border Intelligence Ltd, United Kingdom

09h00 – 10h00

This workshop is offering parties with an interest in the African power industry, infrastructure financing, project development and project management insight into maximizing financial investments while creating the ideal climate for minimizing risks.

Key themes will include:

  • Major political risk issues that concern corporates and financiers, with an emphasis on cross border complications
  • Global market turbulence
    • Impact on Africa
    • Pricing, currency and other issues
  • Trends in financing
    • What are the pressures on multilaterals, bilateral lenders and other more ‘conventional’ players?
    • Risk mitigation markets – what trends should project promoters be aware of?

10h30 – 12h00

The workshop give insight into international investment trends, gain the bankers/investors perspective, multilateral approaches and capital markets.

  • Interactive session – participants raise the issues of most concern to them for discussion and analysis. 

This presentation is only available to delegates who attended the workshop.  Please contact Claire Volkwyn if you have any queries.

 Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 21 May 2008 

 Opening session: 1.0.1

Africa’s power master plan
Chairman: Smunda Mokoena, Chief Executive Officer, NERSA, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

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

09h30 – 10h00

Keynote address: A new era for Eskom
Andrew Etzinger, General Manager, Demand Side Management, Eskom, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

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

10h30 – 11h00

Industry accolades: ESI Africa Awards Programme
ESI Africa and Metering International magazines are 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)
  • African Metering Innovation of the Year award (7th year)

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

Session 1.1.1

Africa’s Power investment portfolio – Ministers forum
Chairman: Smunda Mokoena, Chief Executive Officer, NERSA, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Opening Rwanda to international investment
Hon Eng. Albert Butare, Minister of State In charge of Energy, Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda 

14h00 – 14h30

A new era for Tanzanian electricity industry
Adam Ali Malima, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania 

14h30 – 15h00

Developments within the Central African Power Pool
Bruno Kapandji Kalala, Permanent Secretary, Central Africa Power Pool, Congo Brazzaville

(Presentation only available in French)

15h00 – 15h30

Opportunities in the new private power environment in Nigeria
Joseph Makoju, Special Adviser to the President on Electric Power, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Nigeria

Session 1.2.1

Financial models and legal frameworks
Chairman: Kabelo Mothobi, Director, Jay Mothobi Inc, South Africa

16h00 – 16h30

Legal frameworks for an “investor friendly” private power sector
Brigette Baillie, Partner, Weber Wentzel Bowens, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

Matching financial options to power projects
Jonathan Berman, Principal, Fieldstone Africa, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 22 May 2008 

Session 2.1.1

Financial Intelligence – exclusive look into accessing finance
Chairman: Jon Marks, Director, Cross Border Intelligence, United Kingdom

09h00 – 10h00

Fast tracking funding – Information accumulation and presentation
This paper will give African governments and the public sector the opportunity to receive real practical guidelines on the steps to take for accessing funding for power projects. This will enable delegates to go home with an efficient plan to enable the fast tracking of electricity, gas and other infrastructure projects including:

  • Feasibility study funding
  • Environmental impact assessments funding and guidelines – where to start and when to stop
  • Clear funding strategies on project finance

Doug Shuster, Business Development Manager:  Sub Saharan Africa, United States Trade and Development Agency, US

(Presentations not available – For further information please contact the web manager: natasha.johnson@spintelligent.com)

10h00 – 10h30

Funding renewable energy
Alistair Jaftha, Head – Project Finance Research, New Energy Finance Limited, United Kingdom/South Africa

Session 2.2.1

Money talks – Privatisation, tariffs and ROI
Chairman: Jonathan Berman, Principal, Fieldstone Africa, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

What investors look for when considering a power project?
Andrew Johnstone, Managing Director, African Infrastructure Investment Managers, South Africa 

11h30 – 12h00

Management contracts: The road to privatisation
Marius Du Preez, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NETGroup Solutions, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

Tariffs vs ROI
Cornelius van der Waal, Analyst, Frost and Sullivan, South Africa

Session 2.3.1

Bridging the gap between Africa and Developed world – an innovative approach
Chairman: Deborah Patta, Editor in Chief, e.TV News, South Africa

14h00 – 15h30

Smart energy for the future


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

Open session:

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