Nedbank / EE seminar: ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future

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Nedbank and EE Publishers are hosting a morning seminar on:

ICT infrastructure to support an effective ICT ecosystem in SA for utilities of the future

This is the 5th in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank & EE Publishers

DATE: Tuesday 26 November 2019
TIME: 09h00 to 14h30 (see detailed programme below)
VENUE: Nedbank Main Auditorium, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg
PARKING: Ample parking is available
COST: R150 pp (inc VAT) payable at the door (cash or credit card)

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As the world moves into the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), the electricity supply industry, involving the generation, transmission, distribution, application and sustainable use of power and energy, is facing momentous technology disruption, driven also by the need to transition to a cleaner, lower carbon future.

In the new world, the old approach of centralised generation with long high-voltage transmission lines to reach consumers at the end, changes to become a meshed network of large, medium and literally thousands of relatively small, distributed generators embedded “behind the meter” on customers’ premises.

The old paradigm of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. The distinction between producers and consumers of electricity is also set to become blurred, as customers shift from being consumers to becoming both producers and consumers of electricity, or “prosumers”.

Utilities of the future will have to place customers and customer choice at the very centre of their new business processes, as they change from being traditional generation, transmission and distribution asset-based businesses, to “platforms” that connect buyers and sellers of electricity.

At the very heart of this revolution is the need for effective ICT bandwidth, spectrum and infrastructure, together with a sound ICT policy, legal, regulatory and planning framework in South Africa, to facilitate universal affordable broadband access, e-business and Industry 4.0 for inclusive economic growth.

This seminar explores the need, role and value of effective ICT infrastructure that can facilitate and support this revolutionary change in the business of electricity supply, incorporating the so-called “smart grid” and associated “prosumer” services in South Africa.

Chairperson of the seminar:
Thabang Chiloane

Presenters at the seminar:

Prof Barry Dwolatzky
Dr Rob Stephen
Dr Minnesh Bipath
Tim Ohlsen

Thabang Chiloane

Thabang Chiloane is currently the divisional executive for the Nedbank Group Strategic Relations & Public Affairs division. Between 2006 and 2008, Thabang was in charge of communications for the deputy president of South Africa. Earlier, he headed up communications for the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Government, the National Department of Housing and the Kwazulu-Natal Department of Transport. He also spent two years as director, news service at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS). A graduate of the Argus School of Journalism, Thabang also has a Bachelor of Communications degree from the Charles Sturt University in Australia, and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg.


Prof Barry Dwolatzky

Prof Barry Dwolatzky is an Emeritus Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Electrical and Information Engineering. He has spent most of the past 25 years driving initiatives in the ICT sector with an aim to nurture and grow this critical part of the economy. Barry launched the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University in 2005. In 2013 he was the joint winner of “South African IT Personality of the Year” award. In 2014 he established the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. In 2016 Barry received an award for “Distinguished Service to IT” from the Institute of IT Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA), and Wits University presented him with the “Vice Chancellor’s Award for Academic Citizenship”.



Dr Rob Stephen

Dr Rob Stephen is the International President of Cigre, a global collaborative community based in Paris, France, committed to knowledge development for the creation and sharing of power system expertise. Rob holds BSc, MSc and MBA degrees, as well as a PhD in overhead line design. He has held various positions in Cigre, including chairman of Cigre sub-committee B2 on overhead lines, special rapporteur, and working group chairman. He has authored over 100 technical papers, and is a Fellow of the SAIEE. In 2016, Rob received the SAIEE President’s award for exceptional service to the electrical engineering sector and profession. He is currently the Master Specialist in the Technology Group at Eskom, and is responsible for distribution and transmission technologies of all voltages, covering both AC and DC, and was responsible for the smart grid strategy for Eskom.


Dr Minnesh Bipath

Dr Minnesh Bipath is the acting chief information officer and general manager for the smart grids, data and knowledge management, and cleaner mobility programmes, at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). Smart Grid is a flag-ship programme within SANEDI dedicated to applied research projects to test and deploy smart grids concepts within the electricity distribution industry (EDI). Minnesh holds a BSc in electronic engineering and a doctorate in business leadership. In 1990, he started as a control and automation engineer working for Hartmann and Braun and Honeywell Southern Africa. In 1996, Minnesh joined the Eskom Technology Strategy Group, where he worked on several technology areas related to Eskom’s distribution business. In 2001, he was appointed as the research manager for the Eskom Distribution Business.


Tim Ohlsen

Tim Ohlsen holds a BSc degree from UCT and a post graduate degree in finance and economics. He has spent 11 years in the energy sector, in generation, distribution, demand side management, rooftop solar PV,  IPPs, smart metering and energy trading. Tim is co-founder and CEO of ELDO Energy, a tech company building a Smart Grid ecosystem with innovative software platforms and solutions for utility infrastructure, which helps generators, municipalities and consumers understand, align and manage electricity, water and gas network resources. His business manages data for over R1-billion of utility payments. Concurrently, Tim is working in the block-chain sector, and in 2017 he co-founded Blockstarters, South Africa’s first block-chain incubator and co-working space. This technology enables a more open, secure and trusted utility transactional platform.


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09h00 – 10h00: Registration, breakfast
10h00 – 10h10: Welcome & introduction
10h10 – 11h30: Sector leaders present
11h30 – 11h45: Comfort break
11h45 – 13h00: Audience interaction
13h00 – 13h20: Summing up
13h20 – 13h30: Conclusion and thanks
13h30 – 14h30: Lunch and networking

Sponsorship opportunities

For R6000 + VAT per seminar, your company may have:

  • Five complimentary free tickets
  • One trestle table for hand-outs
  • Two pull-up banners at your table
  • Two slides in the rolling slideshow
  • Your logo on the event web-page
  • Public thanks & acknowledgement

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