The project, started in July 2003, is expected to be completed in June 2008 and includes a range of technical and social interventions to reduce the high levels of unaccounted for water (one third of Johannesburg Water’s purchases from Rand Water are pumped into Soweto, 70% of which is unbilled) and to improve service delivery. A total of 170,000 properties will benefit from this project. Operation Gcin’amanzi (OGA) is designed to address issues including metering and billing of customers, network rehabilitation, water leaks, and water usage habits.
2007 marks the 21st anniversary of the first commercial solid state prepayment meter – the work of two South African entrepreneurial engineers, Don Taylor and Rudi Coetzee. The development took place in their homes over the course of a year as they held down their jobs at the time, and in the subsequent years the technology has found increasing application across the world.
The economic, social and health benefits of electricity are well documented. However, less than 25% of people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity.
Electricity demand is particularly strong in developing countries, where it is expected to increase by 4% per year on average. Unless concerted efforts are made to meet this demand, the number of people without access to electricity will increase to more than 500 million in the region.
Grinpal]Centurion, South Africa --- (METERING.COM) --- February 26, 2007 – The market for prepayment meters continues to grow, and South African manufacturer Grinpal has been awarded contracts worth about R690m (US$97.3 million) to supply prepaid electricity metering systems to India and the Dominican Republic.
Name: Ahmed Samir Gheith
Position: Independent Consultant
Has B.Sc. In Mechanical engineering from the university of Mansoura, Egypt;
Registered member of the Syndicate of Engineers
Worked for Chemonics Int. as an IT and smart meters specialist and has three years experience in AMR and water utility metering systems using PLC
Name: Michele Marzola
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Digital Networks Plc
2006 – Founder and Chief Executive Officer Digital Networks PLC (Milan)
Started a new entrepreneurial activities together with the leadership team of the AMM unit of IBM
and the exCOO of Enel.
Name: Henk Fourie
Position: Operations Manager
Country: South Africa
Company: Kelman Africa
Hendrik Christoffel Fourie has many years of experience in the electrical industry.
Henk was with the Eskom utility for twenty one years, initially as an Apprentice Electrician and later occupied the Condition Monitoring Services Manager position in the electrical
maintenance environment with Rotek Engineering (Pty) Ltd, a member of the Eskom Group.
Name: Dr Maher CHEBBO
Position: Vice President
Company: SAP AG
Dr Maher Chebbo, 18 years of business experience, is currently Vice President of Utilities Industry for Europe Middle East and Africa at SAP AG, the worldwide leader of Business Software Applications.