Cigrè SA regional conference, 2017

March 25th, 2017, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize


The 8th Cigrè SA regional conference, which is to be held at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town, from 14 to 17 November 2017, aims to provide an international platform to share information between electric utilities, system operators, regulators, manufacturers and suppliers, universities, standardising bodies, research laboratories and authorities on the selected topics in the field of enabling the supply of electricity to Africa and developing economies.

Background and scope

Sub-Saharan Africa is a region of historical paradox and full of promise for the future, particularly in the domain of electricity where many opportunities exist.

  • About 20% of the population has access to electricity, but in rural areas this figure drops to 8%.

  • Certain countries have adopted successful electrification programmes, where electricity penetration reaches more than 80% of the population. It should be possible to learn from such cases.

  • Only a small percentage of the huge energy resources have been put into use; a significant portion of hydro capacity and other resource types can still be exploited.

  • Distributed generation and micro-grid technologies have advanced significantly in recent years. Case studies of successful projects that have been implemented will assist with the learning process.

  • Network losses (both technical and non-technical) are very high; long transmission distances and inefficient metering and revenue collection methods contribute to this state of affairs.

  • Economic growth and electricity infrastructure growth does not always happen in tandem.

  • Frequent load shedding events and poor network reliability often exacerbate the generation/load balance.

The aim of this conference is to provide a unique forum for the exchange of ideas to contribute to the future vision for the development of electrical systems in sub-Saharan Africa.


The conference will be held as a four-day session. The first day will be dedicated to a tutorial session that will be hosted by a variety of industry experts. It will include the classical sessions with presentations and discussions of reports that have been prepared in advance, but will also feature panel discussions on selected topics. Days 2 and 3 will be conference days, while Day 4 will be dedicated to technical tours.

Contact Anelja de Bok, Cigrè, Tel 82 902-4606,