South Africa's energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will participate in the opening session of African Utility Week, taking place in Cape Town in May, as part of a partnership between the event and the Department of Energy (DOE).
The DOE has committed to a three-year partnership with the conference and exhibition that annually attracts more than 5,000 power professionals from around the world and takes place from 12-14 May in Cape Town.
Commenting on the agreement, Evan Schiff, event director at African Utility Week, said: “We take this official host ministry partnership with the Department as seriously as they do.
“Not only will the Honourable Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson address our opening session, she will attend our unique CEO Forum, that brings together utility leaders from across the continent.
"Moreover, as a member of our Advisory Board, the department is helping to shape the conference programme and set the debate agenda. This fits seamlessly with our aim to remain relevant and be an event for and by the industry.
Mr Schiff added: "We have similar partnerships with various integral industry bodies such as Eskom, Power Africa, SAEEC, SAAMA and the City of Cape Town.”
Sustainable solutions to energy demand
Every year African Utility Week gathers the industry to learn, share knowledge and debate the key topics that will secure the future development of Africa’s power and water industries. Topics will range from regional collaboration in the power sector to the untapped potential of renewable energy and investment challenges, said Schiff.
He adds: “We look forward to the department engaging with the industry and to join the debate to find creative and sustainable solutions to the energy challenges we all face. We are excited to have the department as an official partner of such a long-standing event as African Utility Week that has become an important fixture and meeting place on the energy calendar for the continent.”
About African Utility Week
The 15th African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees and feature 250 exhibitors, 190 speakers, eight conferences, free technical workshops on the expo floor, site visits, three high-profile plenary sessions and an industry awards gala dinner.
DNV-GL has already confirmed its exclusive diamond sponsorship of the event while Accenture, Building Energy, MarelliMotori, Rubbytad and Edison Power Group are the platinum sponsors.
African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa are organised by Spintelligent, a Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events, based in the UK.