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ESI Africa Podcast
34 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
How far can we electrify our buses and minibus taxis in Africa? What is the timeline?
Fleet operators constitute the bulk of brand-new motor vehicle purchases across the continent. Fleet operators will play a pivotal role in the electrification of fleets because they are repeat customers – require consistent maintenance and service as well as car renewals. Is Africa running behind or ahead of the timeline to electrify its fleets? A comparison between two cities A strategy to go fully electric Shaping policy and the government’s role in early electric vehicle adoption Understanding the resistance shown by the informal public transport sector How data is the key to Africa’s EV evolution Speakers: Simisola Elegba, Bus System Engineer at LAMATA (Nigeria) Vuyisile Majola, CEO at Ubunye Capital (South Africa)
26 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
How do we integrate walking into urban transport and infrastructure development planning?
70-90% of African cities are walking but without adequate infrastructure It causes huge fatalities and risk of safety How city planners can develop a safe zone for pedestrians? Which cities and countries are trying to do things differently? What challenges are city planners faced with in trying to change infrastructure for walking? How can cities overcome these challenges? Speaker: Chris Kost, Africa Program Director at Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) Africa (Kenya)
24 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Collaborating to deliver energy to underserved communities
Wim Jonker Klunne speaks to Enlit Africa's Claire Volkwyn about the Household Solar Funders Group, an initiative which brings together 36 funders active in the field of household solar in Africa. The aim is to accelerate access to energy (SDG7) through collaboration on activities which address market barriers and benefit from a collective approach. “Collaboration will help in providing energy access to currently unserved populations and is needed to protect and expand the impact achieved to date by the sector,” said Wim Jonker Klunne, HSFG coordinator. “We have identified a number of key priority areas where its members can work together to amplify impact.” This episode is brought to you by ESI Africa in conjunction with Enlit Africa.
28 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Women in Energy: An interview with Mandy Rambharos
We spoke with Mandy Rambharos, General Manager: Just Energy Transition office, Eskom about the energy transition in Africa, and the role that women leaders in the sector can play in ensuring a just, reliable, inclusive and sustainable energy transition for South Africa and for the greater African continent. She shared with us the mandate of her office, the opportunities and challenges the energy transition presents, as well as some more personal insight into the woman behind the title.
52 minutes | May 4, 2020
Renewables vs. Coal
Does coal have a place in Southern Africa's future energy mix? Listen to the engaging debate around a question at the heart of Africa's industrial economic growth. Should investors be putting money into coal mines? Can coal and renewable energy be complementary? Is clean coal a reality? Is renewable energy infrastructure affordable enough to discard coal? Listen to the panel debate. The webinar is moderated by ESI-Africa editor Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl and Mining Review Africa editor Laura Cornish - who will also be chairing a session on this topic at Investing in African Mining Indaba. Speakers: Silas Zimu, former energy adviser in the presidency, South Africa Silas Mzingeli Zimu started his energy career at Eskom in 1992 where he worked as an engineer in the generation group and joined City Power as a general manager - planning and technology thereafter. Silas has extensive experience in both business and strategic management. He holds a B. Eng. Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an Msc in Engineering Management. Vuslat Bayoglu, Managing Director, Menar Capital Vuslat Bayoglu is the founder and managing director of Menar Capital, which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Zululand Anthracite Colliery, Sitatunga Resources and Kangra Coal. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering and over 16 years’ experience in the mining industry. Vuslat is a hands-on investor and his investment company focuses on developing mines through exploring greenfield/brownfield projects and acquiring operational assets. Ted Blom, Mining & Energy Advisor, South Africa Ted Blom is a senior energy and mining and commodities strategist and tactician with a master's degree in Business from Wits Business School, Commercial and Law degrees from the University of Port Elizabeth, and a PMD from Harvard Business School. In addition, Ted completed his Mineral Economics qualification under the auspices of Professor Dennis Buchanan from Imperial College of Mining, London. Ted has over 27 years’ experience in management, mining, commodities and strategy execution and has led numerous investigations and projects in both the mining and energy spheres. He advises, lectures and consults worldwide to companies, sovereign funds, hedge funds, investment banks, government mining ministries, investors and stakeholders.
58 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Financing onsite power for the C&I market.
Don’t let finance hinder you from generating your own power. It is a fact that businesses take a hard knock when power cuts become persistent. Admittedly the solution, backup power, is costly. So how do C&I firms stay clear of rolling blackouts. It is high time businesses consider generating their own power! However, funding resources for self-generating onsite projects are often a challenge for small enterprise. Download this webcast, which presents available options on funding and regulation for onsite power generation to support businesses. This webinar unpacks: Financing trendsRisk analysis & opportunitiesRegulation Speakers: Peter Page, Investment Associate at responsAbility Investments AG, SwitzerlandJack Radmore, Energy Programme Manager at GreenCape, South AfricaNiveshen Govender, Chief Operating Officer at SAPVIA, South Africa
61 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Can hydro power mines?
Is hydropower a viable option to support mining operations’ energy needs? Whether pumped hydroelectric, run-of-river, or small hydropower systems there is a growing need to use Africa’s vast hydro potential to boost reliability of power in remote areas, and specifically for the mining industry. The potential is there, however, it’s not without its financial, operational and environmental challenges. This webinar, moderated by ESI Africa editor Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl and Mining Review Africa editor Laura Cornish looks at the commercial and operational value of hydropower at Africa’s mines. 1. How can hydropower development benefit new and existing mining projects in remote parts of Africa? 2. Weighing in on the financial benefits – capex vs. opex vs. traditional diesel power supply. 3. How to incorporate hydropower into organisational corporate social responsibility for communities 4. A view on environmental impact assessment best practices for hydropower projects 5. How can hydropower projects mitigate the effects of climate change to remain a relevant source of power for mining operations? Panelists: Robert Greyling, Dams Engineer, PrENG, Knight Piésold Robert specialises in dams and hydropower engineering. With a decade post graduate experience, he has designed all types of dams, ranging between 5m to 260m in height. His fields of expertise include flood hydrology, hydraulic design, reinforced concrete design and detailed structural dam design and analysis. He has detailed understanding in non-linear static and dynamic finite element analysis of arch, arch/gravity and arch-buttress dams and has performed a number of thermal studies for major RCC structures. He is actively engaged in hydropower and has worked on mini to large hydro installations. This includes due diligence assessments of existing installations, detailed design, transient analyses, energy simulations, economic evaluations and construction supervision of HEPP schemes in Southern and Central Africa. Sam Mottram, Managing Principal, Knight Piésold Sam has over 25 years of experience in management, design and development of hydroelectric and mining infrastructure projects around the world. Sam specialises in project concept development and optimisation, including project identification, planning, environmental baseline studies, feasibility studies, contractual arrangements, permitting, impact assessments, risk assessments, design and financial viability. He has direct hydropower and mining project involvement on more than 100 projects in North, Central and South America, Africa, Europe and SE Asia. Rudo Sanyanga, Africa Programme Director, International Rivers Dr Rudo Angela Sanyanga has more than twenty years’ experience in freshwater ecology, water and sanitation field. She previously worked as an aquatic researcher on Lake Kariba, a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, Bindura and later at Whitman College (US); a research manager for the Institute of Water and Sanitation and a senior partner for Water & Environment Consulting Company in Zimbabwe. Her work over the years has included advocacy for the protection of rivers and wetlands. She has also served as an external examiner for the University of Limpopo and University of Zimbabwe. Rudo has a Master’s degree in Applied Hydrobiology from the University of Wales Cardiff and a Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from the Stockholm University, Sweden. Corrie Cronje, Consulting Metallurgist, South Africa In his previous position as Head of Capital and Operations for Randgold Resources Corrie held at decision-making seat at EXCO level. Corrie’s background in metallurgy include achievements in engineering, power generation and underground mining, as well as the feasibility and design, construction, commissioning and operation of not only the Kibali Gold Mine processing plant, but also the hydropower micro-grid and underground vertical shaft, complete with fully automated production level and material handling system.
61 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Battery Storage: Africa’s energy metals market and supply chain
The future success of renewable energy and electric vehicles for both consumer markets and utility-scale markets is going to depend largely on the ability to store that energy. However, current battery storage technologies are expensive, only suitable for short-term back-up, frequency regulation of the grid, and micro-grid applications. There is also the challenge around stability (some are prone to explode), the longevity of the units, and environmental disposal of the used products. This webinar unpacks: Mining – what minerals are required for energy storage, wherein Africa can they be found and what volumes are required to support this growing market Factors influencing the supply and demand for battery storage commodities The latest innovations in battery storage technologies Unpacking solutions to address the challenges in developing a sustainable battery storage ‘cradle-to-grave’ market Speakers: Mikhail Nikomarov, CEO, Bushveld Energy Thomas Hillig, Managing Director, THEnergy Harry Greaves, Executive Director, Prospect Lithium Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited, Part of the Prospect Resources Group
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