Johannesburg Water’s prepayment system

Johannesburg Water, the water and sanitation service provider for the City of Johannesburg in South Africa, has embarked on a large-scale intervention project in Soweto, currently in its third phase. The project named ‘Operation Gcin’amanzi’ (‘Operation Conserve Water’) aims to address the severe water supply problems experienced in the area.

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.

Prepayment metering reaches 21

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.

Increasing electricity access in developing nations

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.

Prepayment meter market continues to expand

[img:Phumudzo%20Magidi_0.jpg|Phumudzo Magidi,
]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.

Water losses cost South Africa millions

[img:Lindiwe%20resize_0.jpg|Lindiwe Hendricks,
South African Minister,
of Water Affairs

Award focuses on optimizing energy use


[img:Thumb_SheikhAhmedHR.thumbnail.jpg|HH Sheikh Mohamed

Ahmed Samir Gheith

Name: Ahmed Samir Gheith
Position: Independent Consultant
Country: Egypt

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

Michele Marzola

Name: Michele Marzola
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Country: Italy
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.

Henk Fourie

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.

Dr Maher Chebbo

Dr Maher Chebbo

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.

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