African Utility Week Awards celebrate innovative energy projects


The the 2016 African Utility Week Industry Awards will honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent.

The third edition of the awards takes place on 18 May 2016 during the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa at the CTICC in Cape Town.

The main categories vary from Power Utility of the Year Award, Clean Energy Project of the Year to the Future Leader Award and Power or Water Woman of the Year.

These prestigious industry awards will be presented during a gala dinner welcoming 700 of Africa’s most distinguished power and water industry professionals to recognise those that represent a benchmark of excellence for the industry.

Entries for nominations for the awards close on 11 March 2016 and the public is invited to nominate themselves or colleagues and projects that have made outstanding contributions to the sector.

The 2014 winners included City Power’s Sicelo Xulu, who was named Utility Executive of the Year, eThekwini won Municipality of the Year while retailing giant Ackermans won the award for the Clean Energy Project of the Year.

The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr Lawrence Musaba, Coordination Centre Manager, Southern African Power Pool in Zimbabwe.

Awards focus on achievements

Lucy Electric South Africa, experts in secondary distribution solutions, are platinum sponsors for African Utility Week and are also returning award sponsors.

Rick St John, Regional Director for Lucy Electric says I am looking forward to personally presenting the Power Utility of the Year Award during the evening.

Another returning sponsor for the awards is silver sponsor Kamstrup.

“The African Utility Week Industry Awards focus on achievements and how utilities are part of the solutions to the challenges the communities in Africa are facing,” says Petrus Van Heerden, Kamstrup South Africa Country Manager.

“We have sponsored the event for several years, and find that we get optimum exposure and improved awareness to our brand. Of course, Kamstrup is proud to be associated with a best in class award, but just as important is that we send an important message to the stakeholders on what is required to be world class,” he adds.

The panel of judges that will decide on the winners includes:

Charles A. Hemba, Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Niger Delta Support Programme, Water and Sanitation Component, Nigeria

Wim Jonker-Klunne, Programme Director, Energy & Environment Partnership (EEP) Programme, South Africa

Carl Kachale, Director, Trade Finance in Sub-Sahara Africa, CITI, Malawi

Ronoh Kibet, Geothermal Project Engineer, KenGen, Kenya

Lungile Mashele, Energy Specialist, Development Bank of Southern Africa, South Africa

Nathan T. Moore, Advisor, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), Tanzania

Joseph Ndegeya, Business Development Manager, National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda

Paul T. Yillia, Program Manager (Water-Energy Nexus), UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Austria

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, Editor, ESI Africa, South Africa

African Utility Week Industry Award 2016 categories:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Power Utility Executive of the Year

Water Utility Executive of the Year

Power Utility of the Year

Water Utility of the Year

Clean Energy Project of the Year

Pioneer in Project Finance – NEW CATEGORY

Community Development Project of the Year

Future Leader Award – NEW CATEGORY

Energy/Water Efficiency Project of the Year

Power/Water Woman of the Year

For more information log on African Utility Week Awards

Dates for African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa 2016:

Conference and expo: 17 to 19 May 2016
Awards gala dinner:  18 May 2016
Site visits: 20 May 2016
Location: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa



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