Energy & Environment

Sunday, 24 July 2011 22:26

Bold Solutions to the Energy Shortage

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Every South African is aware of the impact which the ongoing power interruptions have had on daily life, international investor perceptions and most pressingly - for the nation as a whole - business productivity. South Africa’s economy has for years been dynamic, thriving and consistently growing. It cannot be allowed to stall the vital progress made since 1994 must continue to flourish.
It is for this reason that Topco Media has engineered a groundbreaking meeting of the most committed minds in business, with the aim of assisting the government and Eskom to combat the energy crisis effectively.

The summit is aimed at creating viable solutions to assist Eskom and all stakeholders to quickly minimise the impact of the current power challenges. Initiated by Topco Media, the summit will seek to cement private/public partnerships, to help manage this emergency now and in the future. Delegates will work out how to implement long-term, cost effective and sustainable energy efficiency strategies, while mindful of environmental and safety compliancy aspects.

Speakers include:

· Barry Bredenkamp, Operations Manager, National Energy Efficiency
· Silus Zimu, CEO, City Power
· Bill Lacy, SACCI
· Sarah Leach, Cape Town Partnership
· Jeannot Boussougouth, Energy Power Systems Analyst, Frost & Sullivan SA
· Dawie Roodt, Economist, Efficiency Group

Topics to be discussed include:

· Cost of energy versus cost of not having energy versus the cost/benefits of being energy efficient
· How can we fast track the energy regime?
· The energy infrastructure development plan
· How has load shedding impacted business trade
· What assistance can be provided in turning around this crisis?
· Green with energy: trading energy from renewable resources, generating more power, meeting government targets, the status of the existing market, how to create a market for green power trading and the challenges of funding of the renewable energy project
· South Africa Electricity Conundrum: which mitigating strategies?
· Financing Energy Projects: how current interest rates are affecting energy finance and what are the future predictions?
· IPP’s: what is their role, now and in the future
· Identify key challenges in executing Power Projects, and how to overcome these obstacles

Topco Media will record, transcribe, edit and compile a document reflecting the formal addresses, discussions and recommendations of delegates to the Africa Energy Summit, which will be published as a White Paper and presented to Government and all key stakeholders, as a timeous call to action. Topco Media will make selective use of this material in the various annual business-to-business publications which it publishes.

Date: 23 & 24 April 2008
Venue: The Forum | The Campus, Bryanston, Johannesburg

To book your seat, or for more information, please visit Alternatively, you can contact Marjory Salaam on (+27) 021 441 2500 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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