African Utility Week 2010 (AUW 2010)

Venue: Durban ICC

Location: Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Feb 22, 2010 End Date/Time: Feb 25, 2010
Registration Date: Feb 23, 2010
Early Registration Date: Jan 15, 2010
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African Utility Week 2010

Join 2000 of Africa’s most influential utility decision makers and learn how to optimize the revenue potential of YOUR utility.

The African Development Bank has estimated that $29 billion is needed annually over the next 10 years for the African power sector. While financing these projects can be a challenge, initiatives such as the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), and the introduction of renewable feed-in tariffs are making the African markets more and more attractive to private investment. In Kenya, development has started on the largest wind farm in Africa, and South Africa continues its large $34 billion capital expansion programme. Strategies are being put in place for a cohesive plan for development between African power pools, while recognition is being given to the importance of skills development and retention within utilities and the power sector generally.

Now in its 10th year, African Utility Week will bring real insight into how to optimise the revenue potential of your utility through smart metering and revenue protection; the realities of running your utility as a commercial enterprise and strategies to get the most out of your existing infrastructure through rehabilitation, maintenance and increased efficiency.

The role of renewable energy is examined as part of a comprehensive energy mix and rural electrification and access to water will be debated by industry visionaries. The expanded programme includes the following insight-packed breakout sessions:

Generation Africa

Cost effective strategies to meet your generation capacity requirements - balancing state and private participation, existing and new build projects and optimising your energy mix.

Smart Grids Africa/Transmission & Distribution Africa

Smart Grids/Transmission and Distribution Africa will examine private participation and unbundling, power pools and the development of the smart grid in Africa. Efficient transmission, distribution and a well planned grid are vital to economic development.

Metering, Billing/CRM

Established as the industry’s foremost event, the 11th Metering, Billing/CRM Africa conference enables you to develop a smart metering plan to meet your utility’s needs, learn from practical experience of managing meter assets, meter data management, AMR and AMI programmes, and smart billing options.

Renewable Energy Africa

Assess the role of renewable energy in your energy mix. Africa’s sustainable energy experts explain the implications for increased access to energy and risk reduction, and address your concerns about the cost effectiveness and financing of renewable energy infrastructure investments.

Water Utilities Africa

Showcasing best practises in revenue management, reducing losses from unaccounted for water, public private participation and how to develop a comprehensive water security plan. Realise the full financial potential of your water utility.

The unique executive education, networking and discussion platforms will demonstrate how utilities can optimise their performance, while offering cost effective services through improved infrastructure maintenance, load management, delivery and revenue management choices.

Whether you are an industry veteran or a newcomer to this exciting field, interaction with other attendees at African Utility Week will reveal market proven best practises, learning from over 2000 of your peers. With a record attendance this year, African Utility Week 2010 promises to be even bigger and better! We look forward to welcoming you to Durban in February. Book now as space is limited!

Featuring over 100 of the industry’s most influential speakers, including:

Thembani Bukula, Regulatory Member, National Energy Regulator of South Africa, South Africa

Thembani Bukula is the Regulator, Member primarily responsible for electricity at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). He obtained his B.Sc. Engineering from the University of Natal and a post graduate diploma in Engineering Business Management from Warwick University. He was seconded to KEMA-The Netherlands as a High Voltage engineer during 1995/6. He has been the Managing Director of various companies including the NETFA, SABS – Testing and Conformity Services, National Data Systems – Specialised Services and Ijanga Consulting Services.

Mosad Elmissiry, Energy Expert, NEPAD Secretariat, South Africa

Mosad Elmissiry is currently contracted by the African Development Bank (AFDB) as an energy expert seconded to NEPAD Head Office in Midrand, South Africa facilitating, coordinating and developing regional energy projects

in Africa. He has been occupying leadership positions in institutions of higher learning and research Centers across Africa developing both undergraduate and post graduate degree programs in electrical engineering and supervising a number of research projects.

Lucien Ruterana

Commercial Director, RECO, RWASCO, Rwanda

Lucien Ruterana is commercial Director of RECO-RWASCO since March 2009. Before the new position, he was working for the same organization as Branch Manager. In 2002 after his university studies in Management at national University of Rwanda, he joined a Canadian International NGO, Peace and Development, to empower rural women projects in the southern Province of the country. He was coordinator of these projects. In his current position, he is responsible for new products and services development. He is currently introducing a new system of Pre-metering for medium and special customers with the objective of timely billing and revenue collection.

Erica Johnson, Chief Officer, Customer Network Business, Eskom, South Africa

Erica Johnson joined Eskom in 1994 in the Distributor Division of Eskom. In 2002 she was promoted to head the system operations business unit After major power system failures were experienced in January 2008 she was assigned the responsibility of Recovery Program Manager for ESKOM. The main focus of the recovery program is to re-establish a secure supply of electricity in the country by bringing the power system back in to balance and containing the risks that the company faces. She was subsequently appointed as Chief Officer accountable for the Network and Customer Services business of Eskom in February 2008.

Nobert Matarutse, Technical Director, Eskom Uganda Limited, Uganda

Nobert Matarutse is an electrical engineer by profession. He did his Electrical Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe and graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (Honours) Electrical Engineering Degree in 1992. In 2004 he became Acting Managing Director Zimbabwe Power Company (a power generation subsidiary of ZESA Holdings) and was appointed Managing Director in June 2006 - a position which he held until 31 December 2008 when he left Zimbabwe Power Company to Join Eskom Uganda Limited from 1 January 2009 as Technical Director.

Doug Kuni, Managing Director, Independent Power producers’ Association, South Africa

Doug Kuni has twenty six years’ broad based power industry experience. In May 2006 he joined Independent Power Southern Africa (IPSA) as its General Manager for South Africa. There he engaged the tough regulatory environment in South Africa to assist the licensing and related startup functions for IPSA’s first Greenfield CHP ( Combined Heat and Power) plant located in Newcastle to become the first Independent Power Producer in South Africa. He currently is the MD of the newly formed SA Independent Power Producers Association which he is getting up and operational.

Emma Munzenze Baku

SNEL, Director and Head, Department of Sales Development, Democratic Republic of Congo

After completing a Master in Economy at the University of Kinshasa in 1981, Emma Munzenze began his professional career at the Congolese Foreign Trade Bank, BCCE, before joining the National Electricity Company, SNEL, in February 1982. At present, he is the Director, Head of Sales Development Division since March, 2008 and also acts as Secretary Reporter of the “Clean Water and Electricity Prices and Rates Follow-up Committee”, COSU.

Hani Nokraschy

Administrative Board member, Desertec Foundation, Germany

Born in 1935 in Cairo, Egypt, Hani Nokraschy studied Engineering at Cairo University, and then at the Technical University Darmstadt/Germany. Since 2005 he has been the Managing Director and owner partner of “Egyptian solar Research Center” (SOLAREC). He is the owner and CEO of Nokraschy Engineering GmbH in Holm (Hamburg). He is a member of the Executive Committee for MENAREC 4 in Damascus, a consulting member to the German Expert Team for renewable energies in the frame of the German Egyptian year of science and technology 2006- 2007 and a member of AQUA-CSP study team. “Seawater Desalination with Concentrating Solar Power”

Minister Dipuo Peters to highlight energy needs for 2010

Only a few days after the opening of Parliament next year, Minister Dipuo Peters will waste no time in highlighting the Department of Energy’s 2010 goals, milestones, challenges and plans for the crucial year ahead for South Africa. The Honourable Minister means business and will be speaking and engaging with her peers from other African ministries, neighbouring utilities, the private sector, potential investors and South African municipalities, at the Power Indaba and African Utility Week conference and exhibition to be held at the ICC in Durban from 22-25 February 2010.

The Minister’s top priority remains to ensure access to electricity by the poorer communities – a goal she is passionate about and which is sure rub off on all the South African utilities and municipalities in order for them to stay on course during 2010, despite the possible distraction that the World Cup might provide.

The Minister recently drove the approval of the energy feed-tariff (Refit), which will create incentives to the increased implementation of renewable energy and ultimately enabling a diverse energy mix. She has remained realistic about the capacity challenges facing South Africa and will be appealing to the industry to assist in improving the mindset of consumers on energy efficiency measures in order to meet the ambitious targets. Says Minister Peters: “These targets and the diversification of the energy mix can only be met if all stakeholders within the energy sector are working together, it cannot be done by legislation alone.”

Minister Dipuo Peters will be lobbying, informing and encouraging the sector and neighbouring countries for assistance, dedication and cooperation during the 2010 World Cup as this will be a challenging time for South Africa’s under-resourced electricity infrastructure.

If the initial signs are correct, 2010 will be a year of global economic upturn and there will be no stopping the Minister implementing the Department of Energy’s ambitious five year road map.

African Utility Week/Power Indaba unites 2000 senior power industry executives and decision makers from over 40 countries, representing the key stakeholders from the entire power utility eco-system, focusing on power infrastructure investment, renewable energy and new industry technologies.


Durban ICC
International Convention Centre 45 Ordnance Road,
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa

Additional Information

Attendee profile Metering Billing /CRM Africa Utility CEOs Billing directors and managers CIOs, CTOs Customer service managers/directors Distribution managers/directors Metering managers/directors Business development managers Prepayment managers Regulators Financial officers Municipal managers Facility managers Technical managers Water Utilities Africa Utility CEOs Network managers Sales managers Regulators Financial officers Investment managers Consultants Procurement managers Renewable Energy Africa Utility CEOs Power station managers, engineers, operators Sales managers Regulators Financial officers Investment managers Renewable energy consultants Cogeneration managers, planners and consultants Electrical and civil engineers Procurement managers Commercial and industrial: Financial directors/managers, Operations directors/managers, Energy managers Generation Africa Generation directors and managers Power station managers, engineers, operators Financial officers Investment professionals Procurement managers Power station automation engineers and implementers Transmission & Distribution Utility CEOs Transmission and distribution managers Network managers Sales managers Regulators Financial officers Investment managers Power plant consultants Electrical and civil engineers Procurement managers