Managing power regulation and reform in Africa

August 18th, 2016, Published in Articles: Energize


The University of Cape Town’s graduate school of business (GSB) offers a course on power sector reform each October. The course seeks to answer the question “How do we reform the power sector and deliver sustainable, affordable services to everyone, while still accelerating economic growth?”

Prof. Anton Eberhard, the programme director for GSB’s “Managing power regulation and reform in Africa” course, says infrastructure utilities around the world are facing far-reaching changes. State-owned, vertically integrated, monopoly electricity industries are all being restructured to improve performance. Private sector participation is frequently on the agenda, including the introduction of Independent Power Producers (IPPs). New regulatory regimes are being put in place and reformed utilities need to deliver expanded and affordable services for the poor, while underpinning and supporting economic growth.

Leaders and managers in these sectors face complex new challenges. This short course on power sector reform and regulation is focused on Africa’s needs and exposes participants to the frontiers of international experience and to best practice in managing these changes and the new regulatory environment effectively. There is a strong emphasis in the course on economic regulation.

This course is offered by the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation (MIR) at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) at the University of Cape Town, and runs in Cape Town on the GSB campus from 10 to 14 October 2016. Deadline for applications is 2 September 2016.

Contact Executive Education, UCT Graduate School of Business, Tel 086 082-8472,


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