Exclusive interview with Lungile Mginqi, Managing Director – Utilities Practice, Accenture South Africa. Accenture is a platinum sponsor for this year’s African Utility Week.
What Accenture projects are you currently most excited about?
Accenture is very excited with the momentum that is beginning to take shape in the industry; utilities are transitioning from pilots to full implementation.
What makes Accenture competitive in this market?
Accenture has put significant investments on smart grid assets at a global scale, and what makes Accenture competitive is the availability of relevant local skills to contextualize the global experience.
What do you see as the major challenges in the utility sphere?
The utilities’ challenges will remain their ability to convert good strategy or strategic intents to real tangible outcomes. Lack of excellent execution is going to cause major project delays.
What is your vision for the energy industry?
The industry needs to narrow down focus areas to few strategy areas – generation capacity backlog, distribution maintenance backlog, and debt collection backlog.
What opportunities do you see in South Africa/Africa?
The key opportunities in South Africa are to contextualize the smart grid agenda and make it relevant to the realization of South Africa specific business benefits.
Why did you decide to partner with African Utility Week?
African Utility Week is the premium utility event in South Africa, and Accenture is the market leader in smart grid implementation – African Utility Week presents an opportunity to showcase this capability that has made Accenture the market leader.
What will be your specific message at the event?
Accenture can assist utilities to translate strategy to specific tangible business outcomes. Narrow down the focus to the three top priorities I mentioned above – generation capacity backlog, distribution maintenance backlog, and debt collection backlog.
What are you most looking forward to at AUW?
The interaction with the industry players.