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Transmission & Distribution Africa: Conference Program 2009

African Utility Week

Transmission & Distribution Africa

18 May – 21 May 2009

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Session 0.3.1

Pre-conference workshop: “Smart Grid” as an Enabler for Distributed Generation and the Development of Renewable Energy
Workshop Leader: Shane Pospisil, President and CEO, Ontario Energy Association, Canada

09h00 – 12h00

Governments around the world have realised that one With a population of over 13 million people and a landmass equal to that of France, Germany and the United Kingdom combined, the Canadian province of Ontario has long been a major player in the North American economy, a success story largely made possible by its access to plentiful electricity from diverse sources.

In this workshop, Shane Pospisil, President and CEO of the 210-member Ontario Energy Association, the premier energy industry association in the province, will offer his insights into how Ontario’s strategy to use renewable energy policy will drive the province’s transformation to a “green economy,” and give examples of Ontario’s leadership in renewables.

Delegates will learn how employing a “smart grid” can enable more use of distributed generation in Ontario, which in turn will lead to more extensive use of renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar power, geothermal power, biogas and biomass.  Coupled with the already-intensive province-wide deployment of smart meters, this strategy will ultimately empower consumers to control their energy bills much more effectively.

Session 0.3.2

Pre-conference workshop: Practical power distribution
Workshop Leader: Jerry Walker, IDC Technologies, Australia/South Africa

14h00 – 17h00

A practical course in Power Distribution, focussing on medium voltage (1 kV– 36 kV) power considerations, switchgear, power cables, transformers, power factor correction, grounding, earthing, lightning protection and network studies.

You will gain technical know-how in these areas not covered by university or college programmes.


  • Understand practical power distribution fundamentals
  • Determine short-circuit ratings quickly and effectively
  • Assess the influence of fault levers on switchgear ratings
  • Confidently use computer simulation software to solve and predict power network problems

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Session 1.0.1

Opening / Keynote session
Chairman: Smunda Mokoena, CEO, NERSA, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Welcome address
Minister Dipou Peters,  Ministry of Energy, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Keynote address:  How utilities can prosper in the current economic climate
Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends, United States

10h00 – 11h00

Panel discussion:  Africa’s ‘big 5’ economies – South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and the DRC – and the energy future
Over the last 10 years, the African continent has enjoyed an uninterrupted period of economic growth with rates in the past five years exceeding 5% and Foreign investment has grown to US$53 billion in the last year but if Africa is to move forward in the next few years, Africa needs to address the shortage of energy and infrastructure which is a serious ‘brick wall’ to development in Africa. The big five economies on the international radar need to be the leaders in infrastructure and energy development.

Country, energy leaders, economists, experts and energy stakeholders will debate the path that these “economies of Africa” need to walk in the next decade to join the rest of the global energy market.


  • Minister Charles Keter, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Affairs, Kenya
  • Braam Conradie, Managing Director, Enterprises Division, Eskom, South Africa
  • Jean Kavese, Director of Energy, Ministère de l’Energie, DRC
  • Munzila Jackson, Director General Energy, Ministry of Energy, Angola
  • Uzoma Achinanya, Director Market Operations, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Nigeria

11h00 – 11h30

Industry accolades:  Awards Programme
ESI Africa and Metering International magazine 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 (2nd year)
  • Power Station Manager of the Year award (4th year)
  • Metering International Excellence awards (7th year)
  • ESI Africa 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

Grid management and technology
Chairman:  Shane Pospisil, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Energy Association, Canada

13h30 – 14h00

Transmission Line Construction, Live Line Maintenance and Fibre Optic Cable Installations
Dirk van der Westhuizen, Technical Director, Optic 1, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

The importance of power pools in ensuring T&D stability in sub-Saharan Africa
Cornelis van der Waal, Energy Programme Manager, Frost & Sullivan, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

Distribution asset management
Willie de Beer, Chief Operating Officer, EDI Holdings, South Africa

Session 1.2.2

Tariffs and reform
Chairman:  Thembani Bukula, Regulatory Member, NERSA, South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

Can utilities sufficiently mitigate against financial risk under the current market and financial world turmoil and remain sustainable?
Morgan Sithole, Chief Advisor, Eskom, South Africa

16h30 – 17h00

Utility sustainability…Business essentials
At van der Merwe, Principal Consultant, NETGroup Solutions, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 21 May 2009

Session 2.2.1

Energy efficiency in the face of increasing demand
Chairman:  Kadri Nassiep, CEO, National Energy Efficiency Agency, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Sustainable buildings
Mike Barker, Managing Director, Mike Barker and Associates, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

DSM strategies
Barry Bredenkamp, National Energy Efficiency Agency, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Energy efficiency in Kenya
David Mwangi, Chief Manager, Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC), Kenya

Session 2.2.2

The future utility
Chairman: Uzoma Achinanya, Director Market Operations, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Nigeria*

11h00 – 11h30

Energy Trading Africa:  Integrating and optimising energy trading across Africa
Riaan du Toit, Senior Consultant, Powertech IST Data, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Connecting the African grid : endless potential
Morgan Sithole, Senior Advisor, Eskom, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

The Power of 10%
Will the “fifth fuel” save South Africa from a long term structural Electricity crisis?

Christophe Viarnaud, Managing Director, Actaris, South Africa

Session 2.0.1
Closing session – Will we be ready for 2010?

14h00 – 14h30

Eskom’s 2010 preparations
Johnny Dladla, Eskom Project 2010 unit MD, Eskom, South Africa

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14h30 – 15h30

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 will have the opportunity to participate and share their views on the preparedness of the South African electricity industry to face the challenges of increased demand during the World Cup in 2010.

Moderator:  Nicholas McDiarmid, Publishing Editor, ESI Africa, South Africa


  • Johnny Dladla, Eskom Project 2010 unit MD, Eskom, South Africa
  • Mike Hyde, Head:  Engineering, Electricity Services Department, City Of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Silas Zimu, Chief Executive Officer, City Power, South Africa