With South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE) official endorsement, the Africa Energy Week (AEW) event is poised to be transformative for Africa’s energy sector.
Following the DMRE’s endorsement, Deputy Minister Dr Nobuhle Pamela Nkabane confirmed her attendance and participation at AEW2021, where she will enhance ongoing dialogue on natural gas, energy transition, and South Africa’s future energy sector plans.
South Africa has managed to position itself as one of Africa’s top energy sectors. With globally competitive renewable energy resources and the recent discovery of sizable natural gas reserves offshore, the country has redirected attention to improving its regulatory environment in order to fast track investment and development.
Strong regional partnerships coupled with attractive policies have led South Africa into a new era of advanced energy progress.
The country’s Integrated Resource Plan (2019) and Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program have both driven the country’s energy growth. Additionally with amendments such as Schedule 2 of the Electricity Act – increasing the licensing threshold from 1MW to 100MW for embedded generation projects, South Africa is significantly enhancing power generation capacity across the country.
Progress in every sector of the energy industry and at every level of the value chain have positioned the country as an ideal investment destination and partner for regional stakeholders.
Focused on further accelerating South Africa’s energy progress and joining a strong delegation of South African industry leaders including Minister Gwede Mantashe, Dr Nkabane will come to Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November to engage with African energy stakeholders.
By both establishing and reaffirming partnerships with regional players and promoting the role that South Africa will play in the continent’s energy progress, Hon. Dr Nkabane will be instrumental in the discussion on Africa’s energy future.
Having assumed office as a member of the national assembly of South Africa in 2019, Dr Nkabane was appointed as Deputy Minister in August 2021. In this position, she is tasked with working alongside the Minister to drive South Africa’s energy growth, facilitating projects, ensuring an enabling environment, and incentivizing investment in one of Africa’s top energy sectors.
With making energy poverty history by 2030 a primary objective of the event, the deputy minister will be a key driver in the discussion on poverty alleviation, electrification, and capacity enhancement.
“The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to announce that Hon. Dr Nkabane will be joining Minister Gwede Mantashe in Cape Town for AEW 2021. With both the Minister and Deputy attending and facilitating discussions at the event, the DMRE has consolidated its position in the discussion on African energy.
“In Cape Town, Dr Nkabane will introduce new insights into South Africa’s energy challenges, providing actionable solutions and spurring a collaborative discussion on how both the country and the entire continent’s energy sector, can not only contribute towards a strong post-COVID-19 recovery, but drive it,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC.