A year ago South Africa was in the grip of a crippling electricity crisis as demand outstripped power utility Eskom’s ability to provide. Siyenza Management says the current global economic emergency has given SA more time to get its house in order, though the financial mess that caused the market downturn has made raising the capital to do so more difficult.
Spokeswoman Michelle Bartkunsky says Africa remains in dire need of practical, viable and implementable solutions that use the abundant resources locally available and to harness these for the benefit of the continent.
“These may include the exploration of renewable and alternate energy resources,” she says, adding the matter will be discussed at the first Energy Solutions for Africa Conference and Exhibition to be hosted by Siyenza Management in partnership with the Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg next Wednesday and Thursday.
Bartkunsky says the conference will seek to provide a platform for both the African public and private sectors to debate and develop solutions as well as collaborate with one another in order to share best practices.
She adds that confirmed speakers include
· Brian Statham, Chairman, South African National Energy Association;
· Reynold Duncan, Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank
· Arthur Hanna, Industry Managing Director of Accenture’s Energy Practice