African Utility Week

Water 2

21 – 24 May 2012

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 21 May 2012

Session 0.4.1

10h00 – 16h00

Organisational capacity and tools for equitable and sustainable water services delivery
Prof Maarten W. Blokland, Associate Professor, Water Services Management, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands

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 1.4.1
Funding water projects

13h30 – 14h00

Overcoming challenges in securing funding for infrastructure development
Peter Twesigye, Economist, National Water & Sewerage Corporation, Uganda

14h00 – 14h30

Financing water and sanitation infrastructure at the decentralised level in South Africa
Abri Vermeulen, Water Management Expert representing the Netherlands International Water and Sanitation Centre, South Africa

14h30 – 15h00

Expert led exhibition tour
Tour leader: Steve Mwale, Development Advisor, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Zambia

Session 1.4.2
Water as a commodity – managing public perceptions

15h30 – 16h00

An enabling environment for billing and revenue collection
Carl Stroud, LG Specialist, National Treasury, South Africa

16h00 – 16h30

Service delivery – using community satisfaction surveys
Neil Macleod, Head of Water and Sanitation, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa

16h30 – 17h15

Making sense of municipal accounts
Sarah Slabbert representing the Water Research Commission of South Africa, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Session 2.4.1
Strategic planning of water resources

09h00 – 09h30

Utility approaches to informal settlements
David Schaub-Jones, Co-founder, SeeSaw, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Intelligent water metering – a water loss management & revenue collection mechanism for WSAs
Wout Otte, Chief Executive Officer & Frank den Ridder, Managing Director, WEG-Wise, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Building ecosystems not empires
Bernelle Verster, Water Maverick, Merah Mas Industrial Biotech, South Africa

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

Session 2.4.2
Panel Discussion: Private public partnerships and the African water vision for 2025

11h00 – 12h45

Private public partnerships and the African water vision for 2025


  • Sylvain Usher, General Secretary, African Water Association, Ivory Coast
  • Jones Mnisi, Managing Director, Johannesburg Water, South Africa
  • Debbie Roets, Executive Secretary, African Forum for Utility Regulators, South Africa
  • Mike Muller, Infrastructure Specialist, Development Planning Division, Development Bank of Southern Africa
  • Dr Slavco Velickov, Water Industry Sales Director EMEA, Bentley Systems International 
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