Metering, Billing/CRM Africa: Conference Program 2009


African Utility Week

Metering, Billing/CRM Africa

18 May – 21 May 2009

Pre-Conference Workshop

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Session 0.2.1

Smart metering workshop – what now?  Part 1
Workshop leader:  Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst Advisors, United States

09h00 – 12h00

Governments around the world have realised that one way out of the worldwide economic crisis is to invest in infrastructure.  Building new roads, water treatment plants and school buildings are all part of the normal solution. 

But this year they have a new option – electric utility infrastructure.  Smart Grids!  Reducing energy costs through energy efficiency… And you can’t run a Smart Grid without first having Smart Metering! 

This Workshop will address a wide variety of topics relating to metering, from basic introductory material to advanced subjects on the evolution of the electric utility plant.

Session 0.2.2

Smart metering workshop – what now? Part 2
Workshop leader:  Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst Advisors, United States

14h00 – 17h00

Continuation of the workshop above. 

Learn more about Smart metering, including basic introductory material right through to the evolution of the utility.

Conference Program Day 1

Wednesday 20 May 2009

Session 1.0.1

Opening / Keynote session
Chairman: Smunda Mokoena, CEO, NERSA, South Africa

09h00 – 09h30

Welcome address
Minister Dipou Peters,  Ministry of Energy, South Africa

09h30 – 10h00

Keynote address:  How utilities can prosper in the current economic climate
Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends, United States 

10h00 – 11h00

Panel discussion:  Africa’s ‘big 5’ economies – South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and the DRC – and the energy future
Over the last 10 years, the African continent has enjoyed an uninterrupted period of economic growth with rates in the past five years exceeding 5% and Foreign investment has grown to US$53 billion in the last year but if Africa is to move forward in the next few years, Africa needs to address the shortage of energy and infrastructure which is a serious ‘brick wall’ to development in Africa. The big five economies on the international radar need to be the leaders in infrastructure and energy development.

Country, energy leaders, economists, experts and energy stakeholders will debate the path that these “economies of Africa” need to walk in the next decade to join the rest of the global energy market.


  • Minister Charles Keter, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Affairs, Kenya
  • Braam Conradie, Managing Director, Enterprises Division, Eskom, South Africa
  • Jean Kavese, Director of Energy, Ministère de l’Energie, DRC
  • Munzila Jackson, Director General Energy, Ministry of Energy, Angola
  • Uzoma Achinanya, Director Market Operations, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Nigeria

11h00 – 11h30

Industry accolades:  Awards Programme
ESI Africa and Smart Energy International magazine are pleased to honour individuals who have demonstrated a consistent and exemplary level of excellence to Africa’s utility power industry. For each of the following awards the recipients will be judged on the long-term benefits, innovation and  leadership they have brought to their sectors:

  • Utility Chief Executive Officer of the Year award (2nd year)
  • Power Station Manager of the Year award (4th year)
  • Smart Energy International Excellence awards (7th year)
  • ESI Africa Excellence Awards (7th year)

The accolades session will give you the opportunity to hear first-hand how award recipients has brought innovation and developments to the forefront at their organisations.

Session 1.3.1

Smart metering strategy
Chairman:  Silas Zimu, Chief Executive Officer, City Power, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Standards for smart metering in Africa
Roland Hill, R&D Manager, Landis+Gyr, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

The development of smart metering in South Africa
Jeannot Boussougouth, Energy Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan, South Africa

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14h30 – 15h00

The smart experience in Egypt
Maher Matta, Egyptian Distribution Company, Egypt

Session 1.3.2

Vending and prepayment metering
Chairman:  Hoosain Essop, Programme Manager: Customer Services, City of Cape Town Electricity Department, South Africa

15h30 – 16h00

Reducing non-technical losses in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Emma Munzenze Baku, Director and Head, Department  of Sales Development, SNEL, Democratic Republic of Congo

16h00 – 16h30

Kenya’s national prepayment metering and billing pilot programme
Johnson Ole Nchoe, Chief Manager, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, Kenya

Conference Program Day 2

Thursday 21 May 2009

Session 2.3.1

Metering technologies and innovations
Chairman:  Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst Analysts, United States

09h00 – 09h30

Meter Data Management
Rudi Strubbe, Marketing Director Industry & Public Sector Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent,  Belgium

09h30 – 10h00

City Power’s roll-out of smart meters
Silas Zimu, CEO, City Power, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Utilities and Power Communications in Transition: Migration to IP Services and Networks with Minimum Disruptions and Costs
Illy Sarid, Sales Director for Utility Accounts, RAD Data Communications, Israel

Session 2.3.2

The future utility
Chairman:  Silas Zimu, Chief Executive Officer, City Power, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Interoperability – the key to success
Franco Pucci, Technical Director, Conlog, South Africa

11h30 – 12h00

Overview of the City of Cape Town’s AMR pilot project
Jaco de Bruyn, Project Manager, City of Cape Town, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

Incorporating MDM into your AMI/Metering strategy – an update on Ontario’s Smart Meter initiative
Shane Pospisil, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Energy Association, Canada

12h30 – 13h00

The European Way towards Smart Grids and SAPs contribution to it
Fritz Schwarzlaender, Utilities EMEA, SAP, Germany

Session 2.0.1
Closing session – Will we be ready for 2010?

14h00 – 14h30

Eskom’s 2010 preparations
Johnny Dladla, Eskom Project 2010 unit MD, Eskom, South Africa

14h30 – 15h30

Open session:

Panellists will report back on highlights and issues discussed during each track.  Discussion topics will also be debated and the moderator will then open the floor for discussion.

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate and share their views on the preparedness of the South African electricity industry to face the challenges of increased demand during the World Cup in 2010.

Moderator:  Nicholas McDiarmid, Publishing Editor, ESI Africa, South Africa


  • Johnny Dladla, Eskom Project 2010 unit MD, Eskom, South Africa
  • Mike Hyde, Head:  Engineering, Electricity Services Department, City Of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Silas Zimu, Chief Executive Officer, City Power, South Africa