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29/09/2015: Forthcoming AMEU conference to tackle crucial issues facing electricity sector
29 September 2015
The Association of Electrical Municipality Undertakings of Southern Africa (AMEU) will be hosting its centenary convention at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, between 4 and 7 October 2015, guided by a programme that promises to address the pertinent issues facing the electricity sector in South Africa.

This historic conference, which will be hosted by the City of Johannesburg and City Power, will attract over 6 000 delegates and key stakeholders in the electricity generation and distribution sector across the country under the conference theme: Alternative trajectories towards the SA electricity regime.

The panellists will include the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Minister of Energy, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI), energy analyst Chris Yelland, EON Consulting Managing Director Bertha Dlamini and a representative from the National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA).

On October 6, the highlight of the conference will be a CEO/ City Managers roundtable discussion. A new feature in the AMEU programme will see municipal managers deliberate and discuss a range of topical issues affecting municipalities and ratepayers, including load shedding mitigation plans, impact of planned outages on the economy, smart cities and governance-enabling smart solutions.

The panellists will comprise of City Managers from the City of Johannesburg, Tshwane, EThekwini, the Energy Advisor in the Office of the Presidency, CEOs of affiliate organisations to AMEU and representatives from the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

Says Sicelo Xulu, President of the AMEU: “We are excited to be hosting this important conference which signifies a historic event in the history of the AMEU and the electricity industry in South Africa. We are proud of the strides the Association has made in charting the course of the industry and lobbying on behalf of municipalities and the industry.

The issues that are discussed at these sessions materialise into tangible outcomes. For example, the panel discussion last year discussed whether cable theft should be classified as economic sabotage. A year later, a Bill has been tabled that is calling for harsher sentences against cable theft. We look forward to once again grappling with the topical issues that spur the development of the industry and improving the quality of service to municipalities and our ratepayers.”

The conference will also mark the launch of the first-ever women development initiative called Women in Electricity (WIE).

The WIE initiative seeks to increase the number of women engineers, particularly those of African descent, in the electricity industry and to also increase the number of new engineering graduates joining the AMEU.

“Women representation in the electricity sector is negligible and through the WIE initiative we plan to make engineering an appealing career choice for female graduates and to also remove barriers that constrain the development of women in the sector. We believe that women’s participation in the sector should not only be limited to offering support services, but they should be at the nucleus of the industry and help to chart the development of this important sector of the economy," says Xulu.

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Last Updated on 29 September 2015