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Transmission & Distribution Africa: Conference Program 2008

African Utility Week

Transmission & Distribution Africa

20 May – 23 May 2008 

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday 20 May 2008 

Session 0.2.2

Pre-conference workshop: The Smart Grid economy: Emerging business models and opportunities
Workshop leader: Philip Bane, Managing Editor, Smart Grid News, USA

14h00 – 17h00

Smart Grid economy: A review of new models that is already apparent including retail electricity, negaWatts (demand response), micro-grids and grid independence.  Trends still on the horizon, including advanced command and control, consumer portals/dashboards and "designer electricity" will also be addressed.  All attendees will be provided with a Smart Grid checklist. 

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 1.2.1

Restructuring and energy trading in Africa
Chairman: Gideon Louw, Regional General Manager: RED 1, EDI Holdings, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Making the best of unbundling: The Nigerian example
Uzoma Achinanya, Market Operator, Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Nigeria

14h00 – 14h30

Are the REDs dead?
Willie de Beer, Chief Operating Officer, EDI Holdings, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

Progressive utility-correct pricing in Africa
Haliru Dikko, Assistant General Manager: Tariff & Rates, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigeria

Session 1.2.2

Transmission plans update
Chairman: Alison Chikova, Chief Engineer, The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), Zimbabwe

15h30 – 16h00

Cross-border electrification
Andrew Barfour, Director of Operations,  Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana

16h00 – 16h30

What drives the need to increase Eskom’s generating capacity?
Philip Lloyd, Honorary Research Fellow: Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

Eskom’s KV 765 super grid
Ronald Marais, Chief Engineer: Grid Planning, Eskom, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 22 May 2008 

Session 2.2.1

T&D transformation
Chairman: Rui Da Silva, Africa Area Manager, Sergi, France

09h00 – 09h30

The latest in distribution automation
Trevor Reddy, Applications Engineer, Nu-Lec Africa, South Africa

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

09h30 – 10h00

Eskom’s Virtual Power Station: Generating negaWatts
Rob Surtees, Managing Director, Enerweb, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Concentric anti-robbery cable: Product development and social concern
Sidnei Ueda, OHL Competence Group Manager, Nexans, Brazil

Session 2.2.2

T&D future options
Chairman: Rob Harrington, Regional Director, Nexans, South East Africa, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Moving towards a Smart transmission grid
Tevfik Sezi, Principal Expert Protection & Power Quality, AG Power, Transmission and Distribution, Siemens, Germany

11h30 – 12h00

Electrification with GIS data
Adri de la Rey, GIS Manager, Eskom, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

An update on the BPL project  in Tshwane
Vincent Baloyi, Chief Engineer: Metering, City of Tshwane, South Africa

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.