ESI Africa Podcast

Join us as we talk about the things that matter most to the power sector in Africa.

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September 26, 2022 00:33:54
In conversation with Energy Exemplar

In conversation with Energy Exemplar

Listen as David Robertson, the Vice President of Solutions for Energy Exemplar, speaks with ESI Africa editor, Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, about PLEXOS, a unified energy modelling and forecasting software platform, and how it contributes positively to utility efficiency.  ...

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September 26, 2022 00:30:36
Solar is not the solution, says Sicelo Xulu

Solar is not the solution, says Sicelo Xulu

Here, Sicelo Xulu, the Chief Engineering Officer at PWD Xperts, former Managing Director at City Power Johannesburg and the previous president of the AMEU, provides his solo commentary on the current energy crisis and South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa's plans to address these challenges.  ...

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December 10, 2021 00:19:16
Africa the grey area. In conversation with Connie Ochola-Iseme from Lucy Electric

Africa the grey area. In conversation with Connie Ochola-Iseme from Lucy Electric

"Based on...what was agreed upon in the Paris Agreement and the slow evolution into COP26 whereby the developed countries promised developing countries to tackle climate change, you find that...these developing countries...are on a different page. Developing countries are still trying to eradicate poverty and are still dealing with development agendas. Clearly, they are in need of more support to focus on the climate.” In November 2021, much of the industry news was dominated by conversations, debates and announcements out of Glasgow’s COP26 assembly. With so much focus on climate change we caught up with Connie Ochola-Iseme, Regional Manager for Lucy Electric in East Africa, to talk about COP26, industry solutions and working towards net-zero in Africa. ...

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November 12, 2021 00:20:47
Rail in Africa could lead the way for public transport

Rail in Africa could lead the way for public transport

This podcast outlines what the role of rail is in smarter mobility and how it can be integrated into public transport as one of the main modes of transport used in South Africa. Anazi Zote, Project Lead for Smarter Mobility Africa had a one-on-one interview with Makgola Makololo, Director: Business Development, Sales and Marketing at Alstom to catch up on the latest trends for rail in South Africa and how its transition into smart mobility will impact public transport and trade across the continent. Makgola is currently the Director for Business Development, Sales and Marketing for Alstom Southern Africa. She is also the Managing Director of Alstom’s BTSA joint venture. Makgola is a seasoned leader having been an acting Deputy Director General for Energy in the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) of the South African government with shareholder oversight on Eskom (Energy), Safcol (Forestry) and Alexkor (Mining) until 2020. ...

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October 06, 2021 00:34:02
How far can we electrify our buses and minibus taxis in Africa? What is the timeline?

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)   ...

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October 06, 2021 00:26:22
How do we integrate walking into urban transport and infrastructure development planning?

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)   ...

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