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African Utility Week

PowerGen, AUW co-location brings more conversation and connection

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 This year’s African Utility Week (AUW) will welcome the generation sector through the co-location of the electricity industry forum PowerGen Africa for complete discussions ranging from the power sector planning to smart city delivery. “With the concentration of senior decision-makers... 

Possible solution to SA’s power challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, in combination with energy storage products, can offer solutions to some of South Africa’s challenges, which include load-shedding, rising power prices and no grid availability in certain areas, says solar PV and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South... 

Possible solution to  SA’s power challenges
SUPPORT SYSTEM Solar photovoltaic in combination with storage products can provide a reliable energy source

South African-Danish partnership to launch Phase 2 of water project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Phase 2 of the Strategic Water Sector Cooperation partnership between Denmark and South Africa will be launched at this year’s African Utility Week, which will be held from May 14 to 16 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The partnership will host an exhibition stand and the water... 

South African-Danish  partnership to launch Phase 2 of water project
ASSESSMENTS EQUAL SAVINGS Water assessments can often bring about unplanned energy savings

Slimline battery pack announced

3rd May 2019 Smart water metering company Utility Systems is one of the platinum sponsors at this year's African Utility Week (AUW) exhibition that is taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 14 to 16. 

Slimline battery pack announced
CHOP AND CHANGE New replaceable battery pack for its water management device

Company to focus on hydropower at AUW

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 South Africa-based independent power producer Renewable Energy Holdings (REH) aims to focus on the role hydropower plays in the Southern Africa power sector at this year’s African Utility Week (AUW). “Hydropower is a very stable resource to add to the grid, especilly when compared with solar... 

Company to focus on  hydropower at AUW
STABILITY Hydropower is a very stable resource to add to the grid compared to solar power

New locking devices on show at AUW

3rd May 2019 Power management company Eaton announces a new line of colour-coded Arrow Hart locking devices for use in commercial and industrial applications. This solution brings the 6 V rating colours from the International Electrical Code (IEC) 60309 standard to locking devices, which then enhances safety... 

New locking devices  on show at AUW
PERFECT PAIR Full locking device offering matches the IEC colour standard for voltage rating to easily identify circuit ratings

Collaboration a solution for the water sector

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd May 2019 Government and individuals can contribute to solutions for the water sector by creating awareness on unlicensed dumping at manholes, and through better collaboration among industry bodies, says wastewater treatment utility East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) MD Tumelo Gopane. “Inadequate... 

Collaboration a solution for the water sector
ENERGY SAVVY ERWAT implements more energy efficient technologies to improve the quality of the receiving surface waters

Trafo Power Solutions

29th April 2019 Trafo Power Solutions was established to cater for the growing appetite and scope for the application of dry-type transformers in Africa. These power solutions are suitable across a wide range of industry including mining. The company offers a wide range of cast resin transformers from 160 kVA to... 

Trafo Power Solutions

New funding triggers open call for project proposals

4th May 2018 Multi-donor fund, the Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) will launch an open call for proposals on innovative clean energy projects, technologies, and business models that require funding during the African Utility Week (AUW) to be held in Cape Town... 

New funding triggers open call for project proposals
Photo by EEP
SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED The financial commitment was signed at the at Nordic Development Fund (NDF) in Finland

Development agendas to curb power woes

4th May 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa is burdened with a complex and persistent electricity gap that is difficult to bridge in the medium to long-term owing to population growth, says intergovernmental partnership Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) programme officer Grania Rubomboras. To address the increasing population... 

Development agendas  to curb power woes
Photo by Bloomberg
TRANSMISSION DISCUSSIONS The transmission and distribution programme at African Utility Week will focus on Africa’s electricity business models

Initiative brings more German companies to AUW

4th May 2018 The German Energy Solutions Initiative which is coordinated and financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will be bringing seven German companies to African Utility Week (AUW) for the German pavilion. According to the German Energy Solutions Initiative head of division... 

Initiative brings more German companies to AUW
RENEWABLE ENERGY The initiative supports the implementation of flagship energy projects

Industry body pioneers awareness programme to upgrade vending systems

4th May 2018 The South African metering standards industry body Standard Transfer Specification Association (STSA) will hold a workshop presentation and take part in the strategic conference during the African Utility Week (AUW) to urge the utilities industry to upgrade electricity meters to STS600. STSA is a... 

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 CEOs from Africa will meet at the Pan-African Utility CEO Forum to discuss pertinent issues affecting the power, energy and water sectors. The Forum at African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from 15 to 17 May, is the largest of the five forums and is the meeting place for CEOs from across the... 

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW
UTILITY CEOs About 40 CEOs from the continent are expected to attend the forum

Company to address water investment and tech advances at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 State-owned Ghana Water Company chief technology and innovation manager Richard Otoo will highlight the importance of water management as well as the impact of technology on a utility company in transition during African Utility Week (AUW). The conference will focus on the increasing need for... 

Company to address  water investment and  tech advances at AUW
RICHARD OTOO Once people understand the economic value of water, willingness to pay for the long-run marginal cost of water may not be a problem

Latest LED luminaire range to be showcased at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 Luminaires manufacturer BEKA Schréder will showcase its latest light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire range at African Utility Week (AUW), which will be held in Cape Town from May 15 to 17. The range – designed and manufactured in South Africa – includes the Ziya LED street light, the Kazelle... 

Latest LED luminaire range to be showcased at AUW
THE OPTIWAY A low-power LED bulkhead luminaire that can be mounted on any structure

Local company targets mechanical tube cleaning opportunities at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services says the African Utility Week (AUW) is the ideal platform to introduce energy companies and utilities to lesser known but an efficient mechanical tube cleaning system. The event is an opportunity to meet... 

Local company targets mechanical tube cleaning opportunities at AUW
SHANE PEREIRA AUW is an opportunity to meet companies and energy professionals in the African market

Wastewater company aims to attract new clients at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 South African wastewater management company East Rand Water Care Company (Erwat) returns to African Utility Week (AUW) for the second time to showcase its “vital” energy and water services.   

Wastewater company  aims to attract new  clients at AUW
WATER TREATMENT EXPERTISE Erwat has the expert skills and capabilities to be a key player in the water and energy sectors

Zest WEG Group

4th May 2018 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Zest WEG Group

African Utility Week organisers clinch four awards

5th May 2017 Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, which owns and organises the African Utility Week, has won four major awards at the Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition (Roar) Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which took place in Johannesburg on January 26. The... 

African Utility Week  organisers clinch  four awards
AWARD WINNING EVENT African Utility Week is the joint winner in the Best Trade Exhibition 6 001 m2 to 12 000 m2 category

Drought has exposed SA’s poor water management

5th May 2017 The drought, which has impacted many regions within South Africa for a considerable length of time, has exposed the poor – or in some cases lack of – water management ability of many water institutions, as well as the difficulties and inability of municipalities and their consumers to reduce... 

Drought has exposed SA’s poor water management
Photo by Duane Daws
HARSH TRUTHS Drinking water and wastewater utilities in Africa are struggling to cope with the increasing demand for services

Internship academy launches young professionals platform

5th May 2017 In response to the youth unemployment epidemic on the African continent, internship facilitators  Africa Internship Academy (AIA), will be launching its Young Energy and Power Professionals (YEPP) platform at the 2017 African Utility Week, which takes place at the  Cape Town International... 

Internship academy launches young professionals platform
NURTURING POTENTIAL The launch intends to establish a network of graduates attempting to solve Africa’s power and energy issues

Telecommunications giant sponsors African Utility Week

5th May 2017 Telecommunication provider Huawei has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week (AUW), which is the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from May 16 to 18 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Telecommunications giant sponsors  African Utility Week
JERRY JI Green sustainable development can enrich lives in the era of energy intelligence

Awards to recognise innovation and efficiency at utility event

5th May 2017 The fourth edition of the yearly African Utility Week (AUW) Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent during the AUW event, on May 17, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.  

Awards to recognise  innovation and efficiency at utility event
RECOGNITION Being a finalist verifies excellence in the nominee’s business and proves leadership in either the energy or water industry

PPP promising for water industry

5th May 2017 Water management forms an important part of African Utility Week and this year, the conference will focus on how private-public partnerships (PPPs) can assist water utilities to become more responsive and efficient in their practices. During the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May,... 

Energy management to improve

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Attending this year’s African Utility Week taking place from May 16 to 18, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes that the implementation of energy management systems (EnMSes) can be beneficial for energy producers in Africa. Referring to the Industrial Energy... 

Need for partnerships in water sector emphasised

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 With South Africa’s water infrastructure in need of an upgrade, advisory firm KPMG says utilities and the private sector need to form partnerships that will ensure that these upgrades take place. “The main challenge in the water sector is not only the provision of infrastructure but its... 

Need for partnerships in water sector emphasised
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE South Africa’s water wastage is at between 37% and 39%

South Africa’s junk status problematic for power sector

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 South Africa’s recent demotion to credit rating junk status is immediately and directly affecting the country’s power supply. South Africans should not “bluff themselves” as the country’s newfound status can become a huge problem says audit, tax and advisory services company KPMG advisory head De... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement

5th May 2017 German conglomerate company and silver sponsor at this year’s African Utility Week, Siemens, and business analytics company and gold sponsor at the event SAP, have signed a global reseller agreement through which SAP will globally resell Siemens’ market-leading meter data management solution... 

Gold and silver sponsors sign global reseller agreement
SIEMENS AND SAP The effort is to address multiple digital end-to-end business scenarios for energy and utility clients globally

Alternative connectivity available for utilities

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 Wireless solutions company Comsol Networks will raise awareness about alternative connection at this year’s Africa Utility Week conference, which will take place from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town. After rolling out its national layer 2 open-access wireless network in South Africa in 2016, a part of... 

Alternative connectivity available for utilities
WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY After rolling out its 2 open-acces wireless network, Comsol has introduced its to a new LPWAN

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event

5th May 2017 Conference and exhibition African Utility Week, held in Cape Town from May 16 to 18, will showcase how the continent is coming up with innovative, home-grown solutions to its energy and water challenges and how these are creating exciting and lucrative opportunities for utilities and industry... 

Innovation, home-grown solutions to be showcased at event
COMMUNITY ENERGY PROJECTS Community-scale projects are an important emerging trend in the sector

Business networking at Africa’s biggest trade event

5th May 2017 By participating in business to business (B2B) meetings at the renowned African Utility Week, small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the water and power utility sector that benefit from European Union (EU) support will be better able to expand business abroad. Business Beyond... 

Business networking  at Africa’s biggest  trade event
BUSINESS BEYOND BORDERS The next BBB business connections event will take place at African Utility Week

Challenged renewable energy sector growing rapidly in Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     5th May 2017 The renewable energy sector has grown rapidly in the last four years and has delivered over 5 000 MW in South Africa alone, owing to the completion of about 80 renewable energy projects, says financial services company Thomson Reuters. “Renewables will receive considerable attention at African... 

Challenged renewable  energy sector growing  rapidly in Africa
RENEWABLE ENERGY Renewables will receive considerable attention at African Utility Week and in Africa’s energy sector in the future

Platinum sponsor returns to African Utility Week

5th May 2017 Conference and trade exhibition African Utility Week has welcomed back a long-standing supporter - global energy giant Shell. The oil company will again be a platinum sponsor at the conference and exhibition from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town. 

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution

By: Nadine James     5th May 2017 Self-sustaining renewable microgrids could foreseeably drive the development of Africa’s power system, resulting in quick, cost-effective electrification that enhances power security, says South African national research institution, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). CSIR... 

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution
SUBSISTENCE POWER A power system based on renewable technologies would be vastly different to the current system as an individual wind turbine could be used to generate cheap electricity for a microgrid in a remote village

Current Electric

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th May 2017 Established in February 1982 and acquired by electrical engineering group Actom Group in June 2008, current and transformers manufacturers Current Electric has been in the forefront of supplying ISO9001 accredited products globally.  

Current Electric

Private–public partnership could improve service delivery

6th May 2016 The lack of capacity, both financial and human, in municipal departments remains a challenge according to strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations solutions provider Accenture resources MD Melusi Maposa, who says that the private sector should be allowed to take part in utility... 

Lubricants to aid equipment life span

6th May 2016 International oil and gas industries company and platinum sponsors at this year’s African Utility Week, Shell, will be focusing on the promotion of its commercial lubricant products at the event, which can aid in maintaining equipment used in renewable energy generation. 

Lubricants to  aid equipment  life span
Photo by Duane Daws
DECREASING MAINTENANCE COSTS Shell’s range of commercial lubricants can prolong the lifespan of various equipment, including wind farm turbines, used to generate renewable energy

Honouring key projects in utilities supply industry

6th May 2016 This year’s African Utility Week Industry Awards will once again honour pioneering projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent. The third edition of the awards takes place on May 18, during the annual African Utility Week exhibition and conference in Cape Town. 

Honouring key projects in utilities supply industry
BOKPOORT CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER PLANT Winners of last year’s African Community Project of the Year
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