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Unbundling Eskom: What difference will it make?

First Public Dialogue in Cape Town with Presidential Advisor, Anton Eberhard.

The decision to unbundle Eskom was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation address. Separating Eskom’s divisions, the argument went, would allow each entity to source funding individually. This would mean that each sector could identify and handle their own urgent needs independently, thus avoiding being overshadowed by the generation sector, with all of its constant challenges.

Anton Eberhard, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the University of Cape Town, will lead our upcoming dialogue about the implications of this unbundling. Prof Eberhard has worked in the energy sector across Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions for more than 35 years, and was the founding Director of the Energy and Development Research Centre.

As director of the Power Futures Lab at the Graduate School of Business, Prof Eberhard’s research and teaching focus on:

  • Governance and regulatory incentives to improve utility performance;
  • The political economy of power sector reform;
  • Power investment challenges; and
  • Linkages to sustainable development.

His exposure to the complexity of Eskom could not be greater: he chairs a task team appointed by President Ramaphosa to resolve serious financial and technical challenges in Eskom, and to make proposals on the restructuring of the power sector.

We look forward to this discussion, and hope you will join us to share your perspectives.

For those of you who can’t join us in Cape Town; we’ll be hosting a webinar session via Zoom at Letsema Holdings, 1st Floor, 34 Melrose Boulevard Melrose Arch. 

For those of you who will be joining us in Cape Town; we’ll be holding the dialogue on:

Date: Thursday, 16 May 2019
Venue: Retail Capital 4th Floor, The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915
Time:17h00 arrival and pre-drinks, 18h00 dialogue begins, 20h00 dialogue ends.

Kindly register your intention to attend by sending an email to Chenai Chipfupa at chenai@alisa.co.za no later than Monday, 13 May 2019. Please include “Anton Eberhard” in the subject line.

A finger supper will be served after the dialogue.

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