African Utility Week


21 – 24 May 2012 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 21 May 2012

Session 0.1.1

09h00 – 12h30

The challenge to adapt revenue protection and loss management processes to fit in with the new technological era
Rens Bindeman, Technical Advisor, South African Revenue Protection Association, South Africa

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14h00 – 15h00

Expert led tour of the exhibition floor
Tour leader: Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst Advisors, United States of America

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 22 May 2012

Session 1.0.1
Opening/Keynote session

Chairman: Thembani Bukula, Regulatory member, NERSA, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Welcome address
Brian Dames, CEO, Eskom Holdings, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Keynote address
Minister Dipuo Peters, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

10h30 – 11h00

Keynote address: Africa Cities of the Future
Ger Bergkamp, Regional Group and Programmes Director Executive Director, International Water Association, The Hague

11h00 – 11h30

The future of M2M communications in Africa: what the opportunities are for utilities, governments and other stakeholders
Kevin Jacobsen, General Manager, MTN, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

African Utility Week Awards

Session 1.1.1
Evolving and implementing AMI deployments

13h00 – 13h25

Exploring the Electricity Company of Ghana’s prepaid AMI deployment in Accra: Customer relations, operations and rollout
Joseph Forson, District Manager, Electricity Company of
Ghana, Ghana

13h25 – 13h55

From smart meter to smart grid to smart market
Antonio Briguglio, EMEA Industries Business Development Manager, Dubai

13h55 – 14h15

Exploring how smart your smart solution is
Tom Phillips, Product Manager, Conlog, South Africa

14h15 – 14h35

Balancing electricity tariffs, the cost of metering and new technology with the current economic situation in South Africa
George Ferreira, Ex-ED, Electricity and Energy, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa

14h35 – 15h00

Exploring key insights into Eskom’s AMI project and Time of Use (TOU) tariff implementation
Kennedy Subramoney, Senior Research Consultant ICT, Eskom, South Africa
Lerato Legoete, Senior Pricing Advisor, Eskom, South Africa

Session 1.1.2
Metering: commercial, industrial and prepaid

15h30 – 16h00

AMI Solutions
Imraan Mohamed, Marketing Manager II, Product & Systems, Itron, South Africa

16h00 – 16h30

Role of IT and intelligent metering system in loss reduction and theft control: A BSES Delhi case study
Arvind Gujral, Head of Operations, BSES Reliance Energy, India

16h30 – 17h15

Taking The Leap: from Standalone to Smart Metering
Ihab Mokhles, M.Sc, PM regional Manager, MEA, ISKRAEMECO

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Session 2.1.1
Business case for AMI and loss protection strategies

09h00 – 09h30

Working out the feasibility of split metering installation for prepaid (PPU) meters in Eskom Western Region
Rogeema Kenny, Senior Advisor: Energy Trading, Eskom Distribution, Western Region, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Building a smart grid project integrating AMI, automation and operation
Ricardo Van Erven, Technology Director, AES Eletropaulo, Brazil

10h00 – 10h30

Exploring Eskom’s load management project: Leveraging this technology to evolve to smart metering capabilities
Raj Chetty, Senior Engineer, Eskom, South Africa

Session 2.1.2
Radically improving the customer experience

11h00 – 11h20

Building a robust, user-friendly customer interface as part of your AMI module: Providing your users with real time access to billing data
Andrew Strachan, Industry Principal: Service Industries, SAP, South Africa

11h20 – 11h40

Smart metering and 3rd generation load management solutions
Harold Hayes, Chief Technical Officer, Landis+Gyr (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

11h40 – 12h10

Nigerian energy landscape: Understanding the metering climate
Sam Amadi, Chairman & CEO, Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission, Nigeria

12h10 – 12h30

Addressing Privacy Enhancing Technology (PET) for smart grid
Simon Dart, General Manager – Electricity Division, Elster Kent Metering, South Africa

Session 2.0.1

Closing session: Thought leaders: insights into 2012
Chairperson: David Mwangi, Consultant, Mwangi and Associates, Kenya

14h00 – 14h30

Nelson Mandela Bay mentorship programme
Adriaan Vermaak, Projects Mentor, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa

14h30 – 15h30

Panel discussion: Thought leaders of today share their vision of Africa in 2012


  • Carlos Pone, Managing Director, ABB, South Africa
  • Shamal Sivasanker, Director, Deloittes, South Africa
  • Neside Tas Anvaripour, Head of Infratructure Finance, Private Sector Department, African Development Bank
  • Kevin Jacobsen, General Manager, MTN, South Africa