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Focus Days: Monday 12 May 2014


09:30 – 09:45
Welcome and Introduction on the aims of the Focus Day
Michael Rhode, Director, Technical Services, Knysna Municipality, South Africa

09:45 – 10:30
Panel Discussion: Unpack what metering communication technologies mean for the utility sector, how they can be integrated and what impact it has on your utility operations

  • Faisal Hoosen, Chief Executive Officer, FX Energy, South Africa
  • Harold Hayes, Chief Technical Officer, Landis+Gyr, South Africa
  • Sicelo Xulu, Managing Director, City Power

Harold John Hayes presentationAudio: Harold Hayes presentation11:30 – 11:45
Smart metering: functionality, applications and customer acceptance
Harold Hayes, Chief Technical Officer, Landis+Gyr, South Africa

11:45 – 12:15
Panel Discussion: Interactive Q &A

Imraan Mohammed presentationAudio: Imraan Mohammed presentation14:00 – 14:15
Prepayment metering: Economics and evolution of meters into Africa
Imraan Mohammed, Marketing Manager, Itron, South Africa

Jodie Sherwin Hill presentationAudio: Jody Sherwin Hill presentation14:15 – 14:30
Managing the change:  steps to consider when moving to smart metering
Jodie Sherwin Hill, Executive Director, Jomat Investment, South Africa

14:30 – 15:00
Panel Discussion: Interactive Q & A

Bouke Spoelstra presentation15:45 – 16:00
Holistic smart metering:  communication technologies to inform smart cities
Bouke Spoelstra, Director, Vetasi, South Africa

16:00 – 16:30
Panel Discussion: interactive Q &A


Day 1: Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The vision for a sustainable African utility sector
Chairperson: Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination Centre Manager, Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe

Mongezi Ntsokolo presentation09:30 – 09:50
Welcome address
Mongezi Ntsokolo, Group Executive Transmission, Eskom, South Africa

Frans Vreeswijk presentationAudio: Frans Vreeswijk presentation09:50 – 10:10
Keynote address: Developing the standards toward a smart energy future and sustainable energy for all
Frans Vreeswijk, Secretary General & Chief Executive Officer, IEC, Switzerland

Agnes Dasewitz presentationAudio: Agnes Dasewitz presentation10:10 – 10:30
Power Africa: US engagement into the African power sector and a $7 billion commitment
Agnes Dasewicz, Director, USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa, USA

Sarah Tibatemwa presentationAudio: Sarah Tibatemwa presentation10:30  – 10:50
The utility drivers of development: Power, water and economic growth
Sarah Tibatemwa, Director: Africa, International Water Association, Netherlands

Ayanda Nakedi presentationAudio: Ayanda Nakedi presentation10:50  – 11:20
Scene setting – an Eskom perspective
Ayanda Nakedi, Senior General Manager, Renewables Business Unit, Eskom, South Africa

11:20 – 12:00
Panel discussion: The changing African utility landscape – adaptation for longevity

  • Agnes Dasewicz, Director of USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa. USA
  • Sarah Tibatemwa, Director: Africa, International Water Association, Netherlands
  • Phindile Baleni, Chief Executive Officer, National Energy Regulator South Africa, South Africa
  • Ayanda Nakedi, Senior General Manager, Renewables Business Unit, Eskom, South Africa

Exchange of lessons learnt from leading smart metering rollouts
Chairperson: Kobus van den Berg, Principal Engineer, Aurecon, South Africa

Franco Pucci presentationAudio: Franco Pucci presentation13:30 – 13:50
STS Developments within the IEC Framework
Franco Pucci, STS Technical Consultant, STS Association, South Africa

Pim Spierenberg presentationAudio: Pim Spierenberg presentation13:50 – 14:10
The digitally enabled grid – a smart evolution
Pim Spierenburg, Senior Manager, Accenture Smart Grid Services EALA, Netherlands

Mohlomi Seitlheko presentationAudio: Mohlomi Seitlheko presentation14:10 – 14:30
Lessons learnt from Lesotho’s roll out
Mohlomi Seitlheko, Metering Manager, Lesotho Electricity Company, Lesotho

Demand Management – facilitating meter management and demand reduction

Harold John Hayes presentationAudio: Harold John Hayes presentation15:45 – 16:05
Interoperability in the African meter trade environment
Harold Hayes, Chief Technical Officer and Dave Tarr, Product Manager, Landis+Gyr, South Africa

Robert Mubiru presentationAudio: Robert Mubiru presentation16:05 – 16:25
Case study: reduce non-technical losses with ABC re-conducting
Robert Mubiru, Projects Manager, UMEME, Uganda

Cornelius Malan presentationAudio: Cornelius Malan presentation16:25 – 16:45
Complex tariff structures for load shifting
Cornelius Malan, Metering Manager, City of Cape Town, South Africa

Christo Nicholls presentation16:45 – 17:00
Implementation of effective demand site management with pre-paid meters
Christo Nicholls, Senior Project Manager, Edison Power Group


Day 2: Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Dynamic data management practices to boost utility operations
Chairperson: Rogeema Kenny, Energy Trading Advisory, Eskom, South Africa

Imraan Mohamed presentationAudio: Imraan Mohamed presentation09:00 – 09:20
Revealing the Hidden Value of Metering Data
Imraan Mohamed, Marketing Manager Sub Saharan Africa, Itron, South Africa

Khaled Fouad Homssy presentationAudio: Khaled Fouad Homssy presentation09:20 – 09:40
The future of electricity distribution in Lebanon
Khaled Fouad Homssy, CEO & Managing Director, El Sewedy Electrometer Group, Egypt

Viven and Antonio presentationAudio: Viven and Antonio presentation09:40 – 10:00
Smart meters for Africa
Viven Perumal, Marketing Manager, Conlog
Antonio Tortolero, Smart Metering Solution Architect, Telvent, Spain

Maboe Maphaka presentationAudio: Maboe Maphaka presentation10:00 – 10:30
Dwindling foreign investment into Africa underscores importance of revenue protection
Maboe Maphaka, Energy Trading and Sales Forecasting, Eskom, South Africa

The business case for effective revenue mobilisation in Africa

Isaac Abu Botchway presentationAudio: Isaac Abu Botchway presentation11:15 – 11:35
Using metering infrastructure as income and revenue protection tool
Isaac Adu-Botchway, Regional Commercial Manager, Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana

Petrus van Heerden presentationAudio: Petrus van Heerden presentation11:35 – 12:00
Experiences from smart metering roll-out in Europe and transformation of these learnings to South African projects
Petrus Van Heerden, Country Manager, Kamstrup, South Africa

Building an accountable and profitable utility landscape
Chairperson: Ifeoma Malo, Special Assistant on Energy Policy, Office of the Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Power, Nigeria

Rob Graham presentationAudio: Robert Graham presentation14:00 – 14:20
Utility structure: Nigerian case study. Restructuring and privatisation of the Nigerian power sector
Robert Graham, Senior Consultant, CPCS, Canada

Rose Kaggwa presentationAudio: Rose Kaggwa presentation14:20 – 14:45
Improving performance and service delivery in the African utility sector: The Ugandan case study
Rose Kaggwa, Chief Manager: Institutional Development, National Water & Sewerage Corporation, Uganda

14:45 – 15:20
Discussion panel: What will the African utility sector look like in 25 years’ time?

  • Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination Centre Manager, Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe – Opening statement
  • Rose Kaggwa, Chief Manager: Institutional Development, National Water & Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
  • Robert Graham, Senior Consultant, CPCS, Canada – Opening statement
  • Knox Msebenzi, Executive Director, Power Institute for East and Southern Africa, South Africa – Opening statement