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City of Cape Town makes access to clean water a digital priority

As one of the largest metros in South Africa, the City of Cape Town is tasked with providing an annual average of around 880 million litres of clean, safe drinking water daily to residents, businesses and industry, as well as effectively collecting and treating wastewater from the city. This requires world-class management of water catchment areas […]


The Winch Hub launched to help energy and Internet access in Uganda

Winch Energy and iWayAfrica are to launch The Winch Hub to accelerate energy and Internet access into rural areas of Uganda. Under a pilot programme, global off-grid renewable energy operator Winch Energy and iWayAfrica, a leading African ISP, will deploy a remote solar kiosk, The Winch Hub, with integrated VSAT equipment to provide high-quality and […]


Mainstream Renewable Power secure two wind farms in South Africa

Global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power has completed financial close for the Kangnas and Perdekraal East Wind Farms in South Africa, which have a combined capacity of 250 megawatts (MW). A consortium led by Mainstream was awarded the contracts for the wind farms by the Department of Energy under the fourth round of the Renewable […]


‘The connected, information-enabled utility of the future’

Joanne Shields, Managing Director at BT in Africa, asks if utility companies are ready for changes brought on by digital disruption? Utility companies currently operate in one of the most complex, high profile, regulated and politically charged sectors. But, and even by these standards, the next decade is set to be the most testing yet. […]


Siemens wins Digital Solutions of the Year Award at Africa Utility Week

Siemens has won the Digital Solutions of the Year Award for its South Africa headquarters microgrid project at the Africa Utility Week Industry Awards that took place in Cape Town. The traditional power grid provides reliable power most of the time, but when natural disasters or security breaches threaten the grid, the ensuring blackouts can […]


Mobile tools to unlock productivity of African utilities’ workforces

Colin Beaney, Global Industry Director for Asset-intensive and Energy and Utilities at IFS, says Africa’s abundant natural resources and urgent need for power mean that it is one of the most exciting and innovative energy markets. Power systems are evolving from centralised, top-down systems as interest in off-grid technology grows among African businesses and consumers. […]


‘Liberate economic development for renewable energy companies’

With government refreshing its drive to build renewable energy capacity, Waldo Adams, Executive Director for Projects at Economic Development Solutions, says it’s time for companies to renew their focus on economic development outputs. Licences were first issued in 2011 and the communities around these plants are growing. With the sector being revitalised, now is the […]


Predictive maintenance can unlock lower costs for African utilities

 Colin Beaney, Global Industry Director for Asset-intensive and Energy and Utilities at IFS, says African power utilities need to find ways to optimise their business. African power utilities are evolving as they are unbundled into separate generation, transmission and distribution companies and as they come under growing pressure to service unserved communities as well as […]


Opinion: ‘Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities’

Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor, Utilities at SAP Africa, says the true empowerment of the energy utility lies with the interplay between consumers, utilities, connected devices and the software that links it all together in a cohesive whole. Sustainable energy consumption and ‘green’ energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today’s hyperconnected consumer expects […]


Massdiscounters adopts Trackmatic’s Driver-Led Visibility solution

Massdiscounters, a leading distribution chain, has adopted Trackmatic’s Driver-Led Visibility solution. The solution, paired with Trackmatic’s detailed business analytics, has transformed key performance indicators, with objective, empirically based driver performance KPIs improving by 14% and significant savings on fuel, productivity and time. Massdiscounters heads up the two retail chains Game and DionWired and is a […]


GSMA Global Mobile Award for Eseye connected IoT solution

Eseye has announced that eWATERpay’s IoT deployment has won the Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in this year’s Global Mobile Awards (GLOMOs). Presented at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by hosts Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley, the GLOMOs showcase companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly […]


ALTEN Africa Completes Financing of Solar PV Plant in Namibia

ALTEN Africa has completed the financing of what will be one of the biggest photovoltaic solar power plants in Namibia and Sub Sahara Africa. Located in the area around Mariental, the installed capacity will be 45.5 MWp for an output of 37 MWac, an investment forecast of US$70 million and a useful life of over 25 years. […]


Commodity reporting agency Argus opens new Africa office in Cape Town

International commodity price reporting agency Argus has opened a new office in Cape Town, South Africa. The African energy sector is experiencing dramatic change. International asset holders are no longer the sole producers of oil and gas as more local participants add to diversity of supply. And downstream marketing and trading companies are entering and […]


Mastercard and M-KOPA join forces to light up homes and businesses

Mastercard and M-KOPA are to provide Africans living without electricity a simple way to light up their homes and businesses. M-KOPA, which already provides affordable, safe and clean energy to three million people in East Africa, will pilot Mastercard’s Quick Response (QR) payment technology in Uganda to extend the reach of its pioneering pay-as-you-go solar […]


GE Nigeria releases latest report in ‘Future of Work’ series

General Electric (GE) Nigeria, has released a White Paper titled The Future of Work in Nigeria. Bridging the Skills Gap: The Key to Unlocking Nigeria’s Inherent Potential as part of the company’s global ‘The Future of Work’ series to highlight the need for investment in sustainable skills development. In this 2017 issue, GE commissioned a […]


GE increases efficiency and output at Ivory Coast’s Azito Power Plant

To improve performance and provide valuable insights and visibility into plant and turbine operations, GE’s Power Services business has announced it has signed an agreement with Azito Energie S.A. to upgrade two gas turbines at the company’s combined cycle power plant. GE’s hardware upgrade and Operations Optimization digital solutions will help increase power output by […]


SONATRACH and BHGE collaborate to meet manufacturing demand

In a signing ceremony hosted by SONATRACH in Algiers, and in the presence of the Minister of Energy, Mustapha Guitouni, SONATRACH and Baker Hughes, a GE company, have announced the creation of a 20,000 Sq m manufacturing facility in Arzew Industrial Zone. The facility aims to strengthen Algeria’s position in the upstream oil and gas […]


ETELM showcases the latest solutions required for safe cities in Africa

ETELM, a leading manufacturer of advanced mission critical communications infrastructures, is using this week’s Mission Critical Africa to discuss how its 4GLinked solution is meeting the growing demand for safe cities across Africa and beyond. ETELM’s 4GLinked solution has been designed with mission critical users in mind, allowing a balance between cost, service, and coverage. […]


Comment on Redline Communications and IT Max Global’s partnership

Redline Communications Group Inc., a leading provider of wide-area wireless networks for the most challenging applications and locations, has signed a distribution agreement with IT Max Global to offer its complete range of mission critical communications solutions across Africa. IT Max Global helps customers design, plan, integrate, deploy, and service all IT and telecom environments […]


ENGIE and Fenix accelerate off-grid energy market development

ENGIE and Fenix have announced that they have agreed on a transaction in which ENGIE will acquire 100% of Fenix International, a next generation energy company, offering solar home systems (SHS) in Africa. Founded in 2009, Fenix employs over 350 people and has its main activities in Uganda where it is the leading SHS player […]