African Utility Week

Metering, Billing/CRM Africa

14 – 17 March 2011

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday 14 March 2011

09h00 – 12h00

AMI for utility metering management
Howard Scott, Cognyst Advisors, United States

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries.

14h00 – 16h00

Utilizing economic loss principles as a tool to combat revenue losses and recover lost revenue
Rens Bindeman, Managing Director, Revenue Investigations, South Africa 

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 15 March 2011

Session 2.1

Chairman: Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom, South Africa

09h00 – 09h15

Welcome
Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom, South Africa

09h15 – 09h45

South Africa: Lighting the way
Honourable Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

No presentation

09h45 – 10h15

Keynote address
Bastian Fischer, VP and GM EMEA region, Oracle, Spain

10h15 – 10h45

Keynote address: Understanding the role of advanced technology in securing Africa’s economic future
Guido Bartels, Chairman, Gridwise Alliance, United States

No presentation

10h45 – 11h30

Panel discussion: What will it take for cross border projects to get off the ground?

Panellists:

  • Jasper Odour, Executive Secretary, East African Power Pool, Ethiopia
  • Lawrence Musaba, Co-ordination Centre Manager, Southern African Power Pool, Zimbabwe
  • Guido Bartels, Chairman, Gridwise Alliance, United States
  • Bastian Fischer, VP and GM EMEA region, Oracle, Spain
  • Lungile Dhlamini, Executive Director: Utilities, City of Cape Town, South Africa

11h30 – 11h45

Industry accolades: Awards Programme

  • Industry Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award (5th year)
  • Power Station of the Year Award (7th year)
  • Smart Energy International Excellence Awards (10th year)

Presented by Honourable Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Ministry of Energy, South Africa

Session 1.1.1

Pre-payment metering
Brian Mokgele, National Value Chain Manager: Prepayment Operations, Eskom, South Africa

13h30 – 14h00

Last mile communications
Roland Hill, R&D Manager, Landis+Gyr, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Ghana’s roll out of pre-paid meters for Ministries, Departments and Agencies
Nicholas Smart-Yeboah, Director of Customer Service, Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana

14h30 – 15h00

Challenges and opportunities in changing from credit to prepaid meters: A case study of KPLC
Eng. Benson Muriithi , Chief Manager, Distribution, KPLC, South Africa

Session 1.1.2

Technology in action
Chairman: Howard Scott, Cognyst Advisors, United States

15h30 – 16h00

Making use of – online prepayment technology to improve revenue collection
Imraan Mohamed, Marketing Manager and Dean Villet, Professional Services Manager, Itron Southern & Eastern Africa, South Africa

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 16 March 2011

Session 2.1.1

Smart metering
Chairman: Howard Scott, Managing Director, Cognyst Advisors, United States

09h00 – 09h30

Smart Grid Ready AMI – The challenge of future-proof deployment
Rudi Strubbe,  Regional Vice President, Energy Services EMEA, Alcatel Lucent, Belgium

09h30 – 10h00

Smart metering experiences in Botswana
Leon de Nysschen, Sales Manager, Actom Protection and Control, South Africa

10h00 – 10h30

Smart metering: Case study from Egypt
Khaled Fouad, Executive Director, El Sewedy Electrometer, Egypt

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

Session 2.1.2

Revenue and demand management
Chairman: Hoosain Essop, Vending Manager, City of Cape Town, South Africa

11h00 – 11h30

Revenue protection strategy and planning to combat losses
Rens Bindeman, Managing Director, Revenue Investigations, South Africa

Presentation not yet available. Contact Kim Jansen for further queries. 

11h30 – 12h00

How implementing online meter monitoring and feedback has helped Ekurhuleni Metro manage both revenue and demand
Stephen Delport, Chief Eng. Metering, Vending and Tariffs,  Ekurhuleni Metro, South Africa

12h00 – 12h30

The impact of AMR System on revenue collection and loss reduction – TANESCO Case Study
Felchesmi Mramba, General Manager Marketing, Tanesco, Tanzania

Session 2.0.1

Closing session
Chairman: Lungile Dhlamini, Executive Director: Utilities, City of Cape Town, South Africa

14h00 – 14h30

Shared services:  A solution for African utilities?
Andreas Flick, Head of SAP-Strategy, ENBW (Energie Baden-Württemberg), Germany

14h30 – 15h00

Successful skills transfer within a utility environment, enabling better service delivery
Michelle Clark, Strategic Skills Management Specialist, Equanimity, South Africa

15h00 – 15h45

Panel discussion:  Great Transformers
Countries and institutions which are at the forefront of encouraging change within the utility sector in Africa.  Hear from the experts who are developing regulatory frameworks, who are financing the projects and implementing the projects

Panel discussion moderated by Bob Bellemare, Utilipoint, United States of America