Cape Town, South Africa --- (METERING.COM) --- May 13, 2013 - The 13th African Utility Week 2013 gets under way in Cape Town today – bigger and more comprehensive than previously and with more than 5,000 energy and water professionals from across Africa and beyond expected during the week.

The event comprises no less than seven major topic areas – metering, smart grids/T&D, clean power, water, large power users, investment and finance, and generation – with pre-conference workshops today, and parallel tracks over the two conference days (May 14 and 15). In addition African utility CEOs will meet at the CEO Forum to discuss and plan areas of common interest. A comprehensive indoor and outdoor exhibition will feature more than 250 companies and a selection of site visits are offered on May 16.

The metering track will focus on the smart metering challenge and leveraging AMI technology as well as the benefits of prepaid metering in Africa. Laying the foundation for a smart grid future and technology enablers will feature in the smart grid track.

Other highlights include the opening session, with a welcome keynote from Eskom CEO Brian Dames and a focus on meeting Africa’s power needs. The joint closing session will focus on practicalities including combating vandalism and maintenance.

“The operative word this year is definitely ‘practical’ and there simply is no substitute for onsite experience”, says event director Russell Hughes. “We have had extensive consultations with the utility industry, associations, and the leading solution providers, and it is clear there is a real need for practical information and hands on training, based on real life projects, case studies, development and research.”