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Renewable Energy Africa: Conference Program 2010

African Utility Week

Renewable Energy Africa

22 – 25 February 2010

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 22 February 2010

Renewable Energy Africa

Technical Skills Africa

How wind generation can form a cost effective component of your energy mix

Session 0.3.1
Workshop chairman: 
H.E. Dan Frederiksen, Danish Ambassador, South Africa*

Workforce planning, development and retention

Session 0.1.1

Part 1:  Workforce planning

09h15 – 09h45

Steps in building a wind farm:

  • Your business case for wind energy
  • Understanding your wind resources
  • Assessment and access to grid infrastructure
  • Access to land

Andre Otto, Project Manager, South Africa Wind Energy Project, Department of Energy, South Africa

Workshop facilitator:
Yendor Felgate, Managing Partner, Emergence Consulting, Africa and Middle East, South Africa

  • The impact of economic growth on employment – planning for growth and constraint – the case for work force flexibility
  • Types of work force flexibility models and implications for employment patterns
  • How to plan, develop and maintain core competencies using a flexible workforce approach
  • Identifying measures to recognise future skills needs and production requirements in an environment of intensifying skills shortages
  • Using a talent pool approach to overcome skills shortages
  • Partnering with local training and higher education institutions to “breed” more skills
  • Strategic investment in skills development
  • Managing retention and restructuring at the same time
  • Long term career paths – when should you own or outplace skills


  • Examples from Africa and Middle East
  • Strategic case study
  • Capability Mapping toolkit demonstration

09h45 – 10h30

Financing your wind farm: An overview of the finance technical due diligence process

  • Preparing wind energy projects for optimum investment and financing in difficult times
  • Challenges affecting development and implementation including planning, grid connection and supply chain, sponsor experience, technology risk, contract structure and cost certainty
  • Risk identification and mitigation and how perception of risk differs between developers and lenders
  • The role of due diligence and how to be prepared

Ari Liddell, Engineering Team Manager, Wind Prospect, United Kingdom

11h00 – 11h45

Power Purchase Agreements and Renewable Feed-in Tariffs
Andile Gxasheka, Renewable Energy Expert,South African National Energy Regulator, South Africa

11h45 – 12h15

Blowing in the wind: Some answers to achieving effective wind turbine supply and service contracts’
Peter Mills, Senior Legal Council, Vestas, Australia

12h15 – 12h45

Theory in practise
Brian Jones, Head of Green Energy for the Electricity Services Directorate, City of Cape Town, South Africa

12h45 – 13h15

Technology Q&A
Erik Winther Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer, Suzlon, Denmark
Mo Siddiqui, Sales Manager, South Africa, Suzlon, Denmark

Renewable Energy Workshop: Integrating renewables into your energy mix

Session 0.3.3

Session 0.1.2

Part 2 –  People Management – A success factor for leadership in the workplace

Workshop facilitators:
Chris Moseki, Research Manager, Water Research Commission, South Africa
Wolsey Barnard,  Enbar Consluting, South Africa
Manoj Singh, Energy Officer, eThekwini Energy Office, South Africa*

Climate change may well be the defining issue of the 21st Century.  Combating climate change, while a global responsibility, will require local and regional solutions. 

The integration of renewable energy into your municipal energy offering is one of the ways in which municipalities can address this very real issue in practical ways.

This workshop will provide insight into the following considerations:

  • Assessing your community
  • Determination of energy requirements and local energy resources
  • The impact on climate change
  • Planning:
    • Development patterns
    • Infrastructure
    • Transport
    • Economic Development
    • Building and site design
    • Natural resources
  • Points of intervention
    • Planning
    • Policies and local by-laws
    • Investing public funds
    • Public awareness campaigns
Workshop facilitator:
Brian Makungo, Training Manager, Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre, Zambia

  • The magic of management – why managing people effectively is critical to management success
    • The benefits and value of managing people well
    • Understanding the risks of poor people management
    • Understanding the precepts of motivating staff in the workplace
  • The mind of the manager – managing emotions
    • Containing my own emotions: remaining calm and retaining composure
    • Understanding the emotions of others: why people behave the way they do
  • Taking the leap – from a technical whiz to a people expert
    • Growing ones own confidence: a manager’s experience that benefits others
    • Expanding one’s range of competence: walking the talk in skills development
  • Mastering conflict – dealing with personal and professional differences
    • The manager’s responsibility of guiding staff
    • Managing crises while retaining the business focus
  • Communicating for results – ensuring your words create the outcome you want
    • Building confidence and security in others: confident people perform better
    • The need and power of feedback: remaining positive for improved performance
  • Managing for the ultimate goal – creating powerful performance
    • Creating a team culture that yields success
    • Competence and commitment for high performance teams
  • Self assessment and projections into the future – ensuring good intentions last
    • A personal action plan for growth as a manager
    • The potential for improvement: leveraging strengths

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 23 February 2010

Session 1.0.1

Opening/Keynote session
Chairman: Nellie Magubane, Acting Director General, Department of Energy, South Africa

Nicholas McDiarmid, Publishing Editor, ESI Africa, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

The new Ministry of Energy’s vision for South Africa for the next 4 years
Honourable Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Powering Africa; creating opportunities; developing human capacity:  A recipe for African growth and integration into the global economy
Amb. Joseph C Wilson IV (ret), CEO, JC Wilson Investment Ventures, United States

10h00 – 11h15

Panel Discussion: Driving investment within the utility sector in Africa
Moderator: Freek Robinson, Manager: Public Affairs, SABC, South Africa


  • Honourable Minister Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa
  • Honourable Minister Barbara Hogan, Minister of Public Enterprises, South Africa
  • Honourable Minister Elias Mudzuri, Minister of Energy and Power Development, Zimbabwe
  • Victor Mathale, International Trade and Economic Development, NEPAD, South Africa
  • Steven Hayes, President, Corporate Council for Africa, United States
  • Admassu Tadesse, Group Executive: International Division, DBSA, South Africa

11h15 – 11h30

Industry accolades: Awards Programme

  • Industry Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award (3rd year)
  • Power Station of the Year Award (5th year)
  • Metering International Excellence Awards (8th year)
  • ESI Excellence Awards

Presented by Honourable Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

Session 1.4.1

A feasible solution for Africa?
Chairman: Andrew Barfour, Project Coordinator of the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project, Ministry of Energy, Ghana

13h30 – 14h00

The business case for renewable in Africa
Jonathan Curren, Associate Director, Camco Global, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Making it happen – the South African Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff
Andile Gxasheka, Renewable Energy Expert,South African National Energy Regulator, South Africa

Session 1.4.2

Wind Resources and technology
Chairman: Wim Klunne, Senior Researcher: Rural Energy and Development, CSIR, South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

The Potential for Wind Energy in Africa
Mo Siddiqui, Sales Manager, South Africa, Suzlon, Denmark

16h00 – 16h30

Wind Resource: Prospecting for Good Sites
Ari Liddell, Engineering Team Manager, Wind Prospect, United Kingdom

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 24 February 2010

Session 2.4.2

Commercial and industrial applications for renewable energy
Chairman: Kevin Nassiep, CEO, South African National Research Institute, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Mondi’s 7 fuel boiler – the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere
Mark Miller, Head of Energy And Utilities, Mondi, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

How to make landfill gas pay for itself
Roy Weinand, eThekwini Electricity, South Africa

Session 2.4.1

The future is now:  Project and technology briefing
Chairman: Glynn Morris, Managing Director, Agama Energy, South Africa

Session 2.0.1
Closing session

Service delivery: Changing people’s lives
Chairman: Derek Naidoo, Deputy City Manager, eThekwini Metro, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Working together for 2010: How local and regional co-operation will ensure a successful Fifa World cup
Ayanda Noah, Managing Director, 2010, Eskom, South Africa

This presentation will be given by the host utility to present the reality of the World cup 2010 and its effect on our resources and power. We need to prepare the industry, the nation and countries bordering South Africa for the increased pressure South Africa will be under with regard to power, water and infrastructure.

14h30 – 15h20

Feedback on sessions
Feedback on the highlights of the two days of conference sessions.  The feedback will be provided by our expert panel. 

After, there will be an opportunity for you to share your views or comments on the industry and any of the discussions that have taken place during African Utility Week with the audience.

  • Renewable Energy: Roy Weinand, eThewkini Electricity, South Africa
  • Metering, Billing/CRM Africa: Roland Hill, R&D Manager, Landis+Gyr, South Africa
  • Generation Africa: Malcolm Fawkes, Senior Manager, Generation Business Learning Faculty, Generation Business, Eskom, South Africa
  • Smart Grids, T&D Africa: Deon Louw, Regional General Manager, EDI Holdings, South Africa
  • Water Utilities Africa: Frank Stevens, Technical Director, eThekwini Water, South Africa

15h20 – 15h30

Closing remarks