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 Rethinking Eskom: Lessons from electricity sector reform in India and Mexico.

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It is my pleasure to invite you to the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) webinar on electricity sector reform, to support the launch of our report Rethinking Eskom: Lessons from electricity sector reform in India and MexicoThe agenda, speakers and registration link can be found using this registration link .

South Africa’s Electricity Sector Reform: Experience from Emerging Economies

South Africa’s electricity sector has been under considerable strain during the last decade. In the 90 years since its inception the entity has remained vertically integrated, with little or no structural change. The current structure is ill-suited to meet the country’s energy needs and has been susceptible to corruption and state capture. As a response to this, in October 2019, Eskom published a roadmap to inform electricity sector reform in SA. Although reform is long overdue, similar electricity sector reforms in emerging markets highlight the need to adapt the standard model of reform to meet individual country needs. The aftermath of COVID-19 further emphasises the need for Eskom to adapt its reform agenda to the post-pandemic economy by prioritizing social and environmental impacts, creating good jobs without damaging public health or the environment.

As part of the webinar, we will launch the IISD paper Rethinking Eskom: Lessons from electricity sector reform in India & Mexico. The paper analyzes electricity sector reform in India & Mexico, countries with characteristics comparable to SA. The paper assesses the impacts of electricity sector reform on electricity sector ownership, decarbonization, jobs & electricity prices, focusing on lessons for Eskom’s reform.


Opening remarks
– Jongikhaya Witi, DEFF, Chief Director -Climate Change Monitoring & Evaluation

– Dr Lwandle Mqadi, Eskom, Senior Specialist Consultant – Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Risk & Sustainability

– South Africa’s Electricity Sector Reform, Chido Muzondo (IISD, Energy Policy Consultant)
– Electricity sector reform & its impact on electricity prices in India, Shruti Sharma (IISD & GSI; Associate)
– Lessons learned from Mexico’s energy reform, Alejandro Robles (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Adjunct Professor)

Discussion with panelists
– Anton Eberhard
– Lauren Hermanus
– Matthew Parks
– Saliem Fakir

Closing remarks

Jun 10, 2020 02:00 PM in Harare, Pretoria


June 10
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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