Invitation: Webinar on an Independent Transmission Grid System and Market Operator (ITSMO) in South Africa

Webinar on an Independent Transmission Grid System and Market Operator (ITSMO) in South Africa

Opening keynote address by Public Enterprises Minister Hon. Pravin Gordhan at webinar on: An Independent Transmission Grid System and Market Operator (ITSMO) in SA.
A dialogue hosted by Nedbank,
EE Business Intelligence and JCSE at Wits University
NedbankEE Business Intelligence and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University are hosting a webinar on an Independent Transmission Grid System and Market Operator (ITSMO) in South Africa.
Opening keynote address by: Minister of Public Enterprises Hon. Pravin Gordhan (details below).
Moderated by: Thabang Chiloane, Executive Head: Group Strategic Relations and Public Affairs at Nedbank; and Chris Yelland, Managing Director, EE Business Intelligence.
DATE: Thursday 15 October 2020
TIME: 12h00 to 14h30
COST: No cost, free-of-charge
In October 2019, Minister Pravin Gordhan presented the Eskom Roadmap for Eskom in a Reformed Electricity Supply Industry which details plans to restructure Eskom into three subsidiaries – Generation, Transmission and Distribution – as a precursor to the creation of an Independent Transmission Grid System and Market Operator (ITSMO) and a competitive power generation sector in South Africa.
The webinar explores issues around calls for non-discriminatory access to the transmission grid; and how both the financial system and an independent publicly-owned transmission company can facilitate a level playing field. This is seen as a important catalyst to investment, creation of new jobs, extraction of efficiencies and mitigation of risk in a diversified and competitive generation sector.
Opening keynote address
The opening keynote address at the webinar will be delivered by Minister of Public Enterprises Hon. Pravin Gordhan.
Mr Gordhan is currently the Minister of Public Enterprises. He has also previously served as the Minister of Finance and Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Mr Gordhan entered South African politics during the Apartheid era. He led and organised the Student Movement and Civic Structures from the 1970s to 1980s. Mr Gordhan was involved in the CODESA multi-party dialogue, participated in drafting the White Paper for Local Government and was appointed as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Constitutional Committee in Parliament where he had the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the 1996 Constitution. Additionally, he served as the Deputy Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) from 1998 to 1999 and was appointed as the Commissioner of SARS in 1999. He completed a DTech degree in Business Administration at the Free State Central University of Technology in 2009 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from UNISA and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from UCT in 2007 respectively.
The presenters at the webinar will each give high-level presentations on various important aspects of an Independent Transmission Grid System and Market Operator (ITSMO) in South Africa, as follows:
André de Ruyter, CEO, Eskom
Dr. Mariam Altman, Commissioner, National Planning Commission
Presenter to be confirmed
Presenter to be confirmed
12h00 to 12h05: Welcome
12h05 to 12h15: Opening keynote address by Hon Minister Pravin Gordhan
12h15 to 12h35: Presentation by Eskom CEO Mr André de Ruyter
12h35 to 12h55: Presentation by Prof Anton Eberhard, UCT Graduate School of Business
12h55 to 13h15: Presentation by Dr Miriam Altman, National Planning Commission
13h15 to 13h35: Presentation by (presenter to be confirmed)
13h35 to 13h45: Comfort break
13h45 to 14h25: Q & A and discussion
14h25 to 14h30: Thanks and closure
Nedbank recognises the importance of sustainable power across the African continent and the role of the private sector in powering Africa. As such, Nedbank has been funding power projects and a key participant in landmark power transactions across the continent for the past two decades. Our team of energy finance specialists focusing on the African power sector is responsible for initiating, executing and managing a wide range of energy transactions.
The Joburg Centre of Software Engineering
The Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University was established in 2005 as a partnership between government, industry and the University. When it was established, the JCSE’s major focus was on developing and growing the software development sector of the local IT industry. Over the past year, the JCSE has refocused its activities on issues relating to digital transformation and the 4th Industrial Revolution. It aims to provide thought leadership, high-level training and research in these areas.
EE Business Intelligence
EE Business Intelligence strives to be a positive formative influence on policy, economic, social, regulatory, standardisation, training and business development in the energy, electricity and ICT sectors of Africa. Its activities and services include thought leadership, analysis, research, consulting, special assignments, business intelligence, strategic event facilitation and management, and public, corporate and media speaking engagements and commentary.

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