African Utility Week


 21 – 24 May 2012

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 21 May 2012

Session 0.2.1

09h30 – 12h00

Carbon financing for renewable energy projects
JD Symington, Head of Waste to Energy Carbon Finance, Nedbank Capital, South Africa
Akani Mathebula, Carbon Transactor, Nedbank Capital, South Africa

Session 0.2.2

14h00 – 16h00

Empowering Africa’s development through renewable energy
Peter Weissferdt, Desertec Coordinator, The Gambia
Mokgadi Modise, Chief Director: Clean Energy, Department of Energy, South Africa

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

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 1.2.1
Integrated resource planning and maximising renewable resources

13h00 – 14h00

Deliverables of the IPR 2010 – How far have we come?
Lucky Njidi, National Energy Regulator of South Africa, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

What Renewable Energy Means to Sappi – A Case Study
Henry Coppens, Technical Specialist – Energy & Emissions, Sappi, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

Regulatory status and road map for renewable energy in Namibia
Rojas Manyame, General Manager: Regulation, Electricity Control Board (ECB), Namibia

Session 1.2.2
IPP procurement and tariff negotiation

15h30 – 16h00

Negotiating PPAs for renewable energy – a Kenyan perspective
David Mwangi, CEO, Mwangi and Associates, Kenya

16h00 – 16h30

IPP procurement programme update
Senior representative, National Treasury, South Africa

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

16h30 – 17h15

Policy mechanisms governing renewable energy
Gregory Woodsworth, Energy Policy Advisor, UNDP, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

 Wednesday 23 May 2012

Session 2.2.1
Renewable energy as part of Africa’s energy mix and its economic drivers

09h00 – 09h20

Renewable energy and grid connectivity
Riaan Smit, Chief Engineer, Eskom, South Africa

09h20 – 09h40

Addressing Africa’s distribution challenges
Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination Centre Manager, Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe

09h40 – 10h10

Global trends of a green economy
Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga, Head, UNEP Liaison Office, South Africa

10h10 – 10h30

Renewable Energy as part of Africa’s energy mix
Alexander Bradley, Managing Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, First Solar, Germany

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

Session 2.2.2
Renewable energy project update – How far is Africa?

11h00 – 11h30

Solar Projects – Desertec
Peter Weissferdt, Co-ordinator, Desertec Foundation, The Gambia

11h30 – 12h30

Expert led tour of the exhibition floor
Tour leader: Peter Weissferdt, Co-ordinator, Desertec Foundation, The Gambia

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