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Ed’s note: Why Africa needs to be on your radar

As we settle into the new normal and come to terms with the fact that aspects of life might not return to the way they were, it is becoming clear that some sectors have used this as an opportunity to leapfrog, in terms of strategic focus, digitalisation and green recovery.

As green deals abound the world over, I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight that Africa (the continent of my birth) is no exception. In spite of the tragedy that accompanies a global pandemic and in spite of the economic and geopolitical challenges faced by many countries, Africa is home to people with fighting, entrepreneurial spirit coupled with a fierce desire to make a positive impact on their communities and drive change.

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Why am I sharing this you ask? Because now is Africa’s time to shine, and the world knows it. The international community sees the opportunities here and is getting involved, tapping into the innovative thinking that is the hallmark of our progress.

Almost weekly, we post about sector growth through infrastructure enhancements, renewables projects and innovation. This week South Africa’s nuclear power station received new steam generators, and GE rehabilitated 9E.03 gas turbines at three Niger Delta Power Holding Company plants, restoring 360MW of electricity to the national grid.

Do you want to know more about the latest developments in the power generation sector in Africa?

PowerGEN Africa, African Utility Week, African Energy Forum and Oil & Gas Council are joining forces to bring you a 6-week, truly unique hybrid (digital and live) event, the Digital Energy Festival. It’s the meeting place for Africa’s power sector, from top tier business execs to next-gen start-ups, from ministers to utility engineers. For the first time ever, the world is aligned to a green, clean and digital future and Africa’s power professionals are on board. The programme will be facilitating discussions, encouraging partnerships and inspiring the kind of transformative thinking we need to reset our future.

Some of the key sessions include:

But don’t just take my word for it, take a look at the full programme. Select what you are interested in and sign up. This won’t be just another online Zoom call. This will be a colourful, enlightening, engaging experience just like the continent itself.

See you there,


Staff writer Power Engineering International

Digital Energy Festival
The following sessions are still available to watch on demand as part of the Digital Energy Festival for Africa:

   ” African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa sessions, (now Enlit Africa) click here ” FREE access
   ” ESI Africa sessions, click here ” FREE access
   ” Oil & Gas Council sessionsclick here

The Digital Energy Festival for Africa in 2020 was hosted jointly by four of Clarion Events’ leading energy brands Africa Energy ForumAfrican Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa (now Enlit Africa) and the Oil & Gas Council’s Africa Assembly and the leading energy journal ESI Africa and sister publication of Power Engineering International, providing six weeks of compelling content.

Pamela Largue
Pamela is a senior content creator and editor and has been a part of the Clarion content team for over seven years. She specializes in international power and energy-related content.