R/€ = 15.26Change: -0.01
R/$ = 14.41Change: -0.03
Au 1057.95 $/ozChange: 0.07
Pt 835.50 $/ozChange: 0.00
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?

And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters About Us
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
Nov 05, 2012

Africa urged to invest in engineering skills to meet energy demands

Engineering|Johannesburg|Africa|Alstom|Education|Resources|Sustainable|Water|Africa|Electricity|Energy|Energy Demands|Energy Needs|Railways Solutions|Solutions|Lawrence Jones
© Reuse this

Education should be prioritised in Africa to produce the skills needed to meet the continent’s growing energy demands, French energy and railways solutions group Alstom VP for regulatory affairs, policy and industry relations, Lawrence Jones, said on Monday.

African countries needed more human capacity in the form of engineers, hydrologists and geologists, as well as mechanical, electrical and material scientists.

“There is a whole range of engineering professions that we would need to cover to meet energy needs on the continent,” he said at a French Energy Forum event in Johannesburg.

Jones pointed out that almost 580-million people, or around 58% of the continent’s population, were still without access to electricity in residential areas. “This implies massive needs for infrastructural development, requiring appropriate standards and skills development.”

With more than 50% of Africa’s population under the age of 25, Jones stressed the importance of investing in proper education.

“This needs vision and leadership, to realise that investing in these young people is investing in the future. It’s a prioritisation issue.

“What is the education budget of every African government today? If education is your future, more than anything else, if that budget makes up only 5% of your total budget, there is a misalignment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jones said that there needed to be a balance between increasing access to energy and managing resources in a sustainable way, while, at the same time, reducing climate change impacts.

“This could be achieved through developing integrated climate change mitigation strategies in energy policies and regulatory frameworks, while also developing an integrated climate change adaptation strategy,” he said.

Jones pointed out that climate change was the most important international developmental challenge of the twenty-first century, and while African countries contributed the least to this phenomenon, they were the most vulnerable.

Another challenge highlighted was the scarcity of water on the continent. “Currently, water constraint is definitely an issue and will become even more of an issue as the population grows. I am most worried about population growth that is developing faster than other sectors.”

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Electricity News
Ratings firms Moody's and Standard and Poor's kept South African utility Eskom's credit status unchanged, saying recent cash injections by government had eased a funding crunch, the power firm said on Friday. Moody's affirmed the Ba1, or speculative grade, rating of...
Fund management firm Gaia Infrastructure Partners has concluded a landmark equity transaction in the Dorper wind farm project, a preferred bidder under Round 1 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) run by the Department of...
JSE-listed investment holding company Labat Africa has concluded a R560-million subscription and buy-back agreement for the acquisition of a 100% interest in Reinhardt Transport Group (RTG) and its Chrome Carriers subsidiary. The acquisition, which would see...
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
Article contains comments
Latest News
French conglomerate Bollore may have to halt work on the Niger to Benin section of its giant West Africa rail project after a rival company won a court order to stop it going ahead. The dispute concerns rival rail schemes in the area.
A week ahead of the second annual gathering of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (Focac), in Johannesburg, the JSE is rolling out the proverbial red carpet for Chinese investors looking to Africa’s largest bourse for possible investment opportunities, calling...
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) applied for leave to appeal on Friday against the Western Cape High Court judgment that set aside the approvals that would enable it to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town. This prompted the...
Recent Research Reports
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
Road and Rail 2015: A review of South Africa's road and rail sectors (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2015 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail infrastructure and network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and...
Defence 2015: A review of South Africa's defence sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Coal 2015 report examines South Africa’s coal industry with regards to the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local demand, export sales and coal logistics, projects being undertaken by the large and smaller participants in the...
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
This Week's Magazine
The BMW Group will invest R6-billion at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant to produce the next-generation X3 sports-activity vehicle (SAV) for the local and export markets. Rosslyn will continue production of the current 3 Series through its lifecycle,...
The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on...
City of Ekurhuleni executive mayor Mondli Gungubele earlier this month officially named the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee.
NICK CHRISTODOULOU As about 58% of data stored by organisations is dark, they must identify this dark data to expose risks and valuable information
About 58% of unstructured data stored by companies is dark data, which means that the value or regulatory importance of the data has not been determined. Subsequently, most of the stored data add costs, rather than increasing revenue or reduce regulatory risks, says...
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says...
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96