Enlit Africa confirms sit-down with Eskom GCE André de Ruyter in October

Cape Town, South Africa, September 11, 2021 – (PR.com) – Organizers of Enlit Africa have confirmed that Eskom Group Managing Director André de Ruyter will once again attend the opening session of the event Tuesday morning, October 26. The main platform and discussion forum for the electricity and energy sector on the continent will focus specifically on how the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), to be held in November, could serve as a springboard for Africa’s energy transition.

Formerly known as African Utility Week, Enlit Africa unveils what the continent needs to focus on to decarbonize the electricity sector. From October 26th to 28th, Enlit Africa will provide practical solutions to prepare the continent for a NetZero reality. The program examines various ways of doing this; LNG as a source of transitional energy, municipal energy independence, e-mobility, and how Africa is preparing and what it expects from the COP26 summit.

During Mr de Ruyter’s main intervention at a previous edition of the event, he shared Eskom’s long-term strategy, discussed the utility’s plans for the decommissioning of existing coal-fired power plants and the reallocation of infrastructure, as well as the switch to renewable energies. During the main session in October this year, Eskom GCE will give more information on Eskom’s journey to COP26 and the expected results.

Other senior industry experts appearing in Enlit Africa sessions are:

– Meike Wetsch, Program Manager, Coega Development Corporation, South Africa
– Dhevan Govender, Senior Commercial and Commercial Director, Municipality of eThekwini, South Africa
– Adrian Strydom, Executive Director, SA Oil and Gas Alliance
– Frédéric Verdol, senior energy expert: energy & extractives, World Bank
– Vally Padayachee, Special Advisor, Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities
– Jessica Stephens, CEO, AMDA, Kenya
– Roland Nkwain Ngam, program manager: climate justice and socio-ecological transformation, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, South Africa
– Patrick K. Tonui, Head of Regional Policy and Strategy, GOGLA, The Netherlands

Highlights of the Enlit Africa session will include:

· Opening session: How COP26 could serve as a springboard for Africa’s energy transition.
· To LNG or not: is that the question?
· Municipal energy resilience in South Africa – helping local government take advantage of new energy regulations, including purchasing energy directly from PPIs.
· Electric mobility: create a regulatory and policy environment to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.
· Prepayment as a precursor to improved energy and financial efficiency.
· Digital equity: ensuring that digital advances are fair and just.
· Energy storage: Production, transmission or distribution asset?
· Finance, investment and strategy: Is there an oversupply of financing and an insufficient supply of projects?
Roundtable: On the road to COP26: Have the COVID-19 crises derailed the climate finance agenda?
· Don’t waste, don’t want to: reuse, recycle and recover your wastewater.
· Water Security 2.0: A look at the Durban experience in meeting the monumental water challenges.

Bringing the industry together
Formerly known on the continent as African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, Enlit Africa has connected the utility industry on the continent for more than two decades and, in the next edition, will also bring back its popular water track. The October digital edition is a precursor to the hybrid event in Cape Town in June of next year.

In line with this year’s theme, ESI Africa, a leading energy and events media partner, will highlight the leaders and projects nominated for the annual publication African Power & Energy Elites. At the Enlit Africa digital event in October, the finalists who will appear in the 2022 edition of the Elites publication will be announced.

Enlit Africa’s successful transition to digital
The rapidly growing number of attendees and feedback from attendees and partners fully support the remarkable and successful transition that event organizers have made from live events to providing a digital forum for the industry to connect via live online events at Enlit Africa. Connection platform.

The June edition of the event, the third in the past 18 months, drew more than 5,000 registered participants, representing more than 70 countries and featuring 50 speakers.

All previous Enlit Africa sessions remain available on demand on the event platform. To access it, register on the Enlit Africa-Connect platform.

Industry support
Eskom, the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy and the City of Cape Town have been official partners of the event for many years and 2021 is no exception.

ESI Africa, the continent’s leading provider of electricity and energy information, is the official host publication.

Enlit Africa is organized by Clarion Events Africa, a Cape Town-based multi-award winning exhibition and conference producer across the continent in the infrastructure, energy and mining sectors. Other well-known events include Nigeria Mining Week, Africa Mining Forum, and DRC Mining Week.

Enlit Africa dates and locations:
Digital event: October 26-28, 2021
Next conference and live exhibition: June 7-9, 2022
Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

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