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A webinar organised by The Power & Electricity World Africa, entitled “Achieving Energy Security: Encouraging Healthy Competition And Regulation For IPPs”, took place on the morning of July 14th, 2020.

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The attending virtual panel consisted of:

  • Dr. Clinton Carter-Brown, Energy Centre Head, CSIR, South Africa – Moderator
  • Vitor Marquez da Cruz, Managing Director, MC&A Advogados
  • Eng. Julius Riungu, CEO, Tsavo Power, Kenya

The topic of African Energy security and the challenges ahead was debated in a little over an hour, with very insightful contributions from all parties involved being brought to the forefront.

The imbalance of supply and demand for electricity in Africa curbs its potential for economic development. IPPs (Independent Power Producers), though, align very well with the national energy security agenda and are a definite solution to meeting Africa’s growing electricity needs.

Africa currently accounts for …

South Africa’s power cuts cost the national economy up to $8.3 billion, South Africa Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) research findings reveal.

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According to a report by Reuters, CSIR highlighted that the power crisis which escalated last year is predicted to persist for the coming two to three years.

The state-owned utility Eskom which supplies 95 per cent of the nation’s power was forced to implement intense power cuts across the country in 2019 when its vital power plants were devastated by floods.

The state power utility cut 6,000 megawatts from the national grid, disrupting power supply to businesses and households.

Further, the power cuts are one of the biggest challenges facing President Cyril Ramaphosa as he tries to revive investor confidence in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

According to Reuters, Ramaphosa has promised to break up Eskom to …